I am new to this forum, so apologies if I have posted this in the wrong category.
I had a loop ileostomy done less than a week ago, and I have a question about medications, specifically about slow-release antidepressants. I am on Effexor XR, 150mg, per day. I believe it's the slow-release type. Does anyone know if these slow-release types of medications are absorbed by the stomach/body properly still after having an ileostomy, or are they simply excreted without being absorbed?
My reason for asking is because while I've been in the hospital, I was given some slow-release painkillers which didn't work - when I emptied my bag, the painkillers came out digested and whole. When I showed the nurse, she said, "Oh yes, the doctor shouldn't have given you those as slow-release medications can't be absorbed by people who have ileostomies/stomas." That made me quite worried because if that's the case, it means my antidepressants aren't being absorbed either and therefore I'm not managing my mental health appropriately. (Might also explain why my anxiety is going through the roof right now).
If anyone has any info on this or could share their experience or even just an opinion, I'd be really grateful. I know the obvious answer here is to ask the doctors, and I plan to - but it's a long weekend here, I'm stuck in the hospital without seeing the doctor and surgeon who did my ileostomy until Monday, and I don't want to spend my entire weekend overthinking this in my head. So if anyone wants to share some info, I'd be grateful.
Thank you :) x