Question: I had a total colectomy
3 months ago.
I take two prescription medications for arthritis: 500mg Etodolac
twice daily and
ER. I was taking these medications for at least a year before my surgery.
Since my surgery, I have seen the Tramadol tablet in the toilet on several occaisions. It was whole and had not dissolved at all. Could this be because I pass what I eat much faster now, still have 4-5 stools per day that are loose and sometimes watery. I thought that, even though the tablet is extended release, it would still work correctly by dissolving slowly in my stomach and/or small intestines. The 300 mg ER has always worked much better for me than taking the regular 50mg throughout the day. Is this type of medication contraindicated for patients that have no colon
or large intestine? Or can I hope that as my stools become less frequent and more normal in consistency, that the Tramadol ER will begin to work for me as it should and not be passed undissolved?