Ileostomy - Medication & Alternative Suggestions

With an ileostomy, some medications – including large tablets, coated pills, time release capsules and birth control pills – may pass through your system without being completely digested. Always tell your doctors, dentists , and pharmacists that you have an ileostomy. They can generally prescribe – or help you to select – alternative forms of medication.

After your surgery never take laxatives. For a person who has an ileostomy, taking laxatives can cause a severe fluid and electrolyte imbalance.

Some medications may change the colour, odour, or consistency of your stool. Non-prescription medications, like antacids, can cause constipation or diarrhoea. If you have questions about any medications you are taking, ask your doctor, pharmacist of stoma nurse.