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How does ileostomies effect drug absorption rate?

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suzanne66 6 Apr 2010

Absorption of medicines may vary with individuals and types of medication.
Because portions of their intestinal tract have been removed or bypassed, people with a ileostomy may experience difficulty in absorbing and, therefore, gaining maximum benefit from oral medications. The shorter the length of the remaining bowel, the greater the problem of absorption, particularly in the ileum.
For example slow release and enteric coated medications may pass through the system of ileostomates too quickly to be effective.

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