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Gastroparesis: Which Medications Are You Taking?

By Allie Hoeland
 
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Allie shares the medications she is currently on to control her gastroparesis symptoms and explains if the disease causes her to vomit on a daily basis.

Allie:
I would like to share with you the medications that I am currently taking. My main symptom is pain and so I am currently taking Tramadol, which is a pain medication that won’t screw up the stomach or the rest of the system. It’s not something that I want to be on long-term, but it allows me to function on a normal basis during the day.

I have worked with my doctor to figure out where I am feeling good most of my waking day, but I have pain a lot of the nights and in the late evenings. I am also taking, to help my nausea, ginger root three times a day, peppermint oil capsules three times a day and I am also taking right now one of the most important things is to make sure that you are getting enough vitamins.

People can become very malnourished from this disease. Your body doesn’t absorb nutrients how it should and a doctor can do a blood work to see where you are at, but one of the most important is vitamin D and through our website ‘Patient Resources’ we do have some articles about how much you should be getting.

You should also make sure to be getting a calcium supplement and make sure that it has magnesium in it and a multivitamin, also omega-3s because a lot of people don’t get enough fat through this diet and that’s currently what I am taking.

Currently as far as nausea and vomiting is concerned, I do better than a lot of the patients out there. I usually throw up two to three times a week, sometimes less, sometimes I’ll have whole weeks where I won’t be throwing up, but a lot of patients with it are throwing up every time they eat food.

So, they are the people that have to resort to the all-liquid or the feeding tube and the average hospital bill for a patient with gastroparesis a year is around $80,000. We had one patient that we talked to who was in the hospital the year more than she was out of it. So it becomes a very expensive disease.

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