Product Recommendations

Odor Elimination Products

Poo-Pourri Bathroom Spray – This stuff is praised by all DS post-ops who have used it.  They have a very convenient purse size, as well as a wonderful travel pouch with several products in it.

Ozium – The great part about this stuff is that you can pretty much pick it up at any corner Walgreens or auto supply.  It does work, but the fragrances are not necessarily as floral or pleasing to the nose as the Poo-Pourri.

Body Mint – Several post-ops have mentioned that they wouldn’t consider going without this product.  It is an internal deodorizer.

Skin Care Products

Acne.org – Many post-ops go through almost a second puberty type experience with their skin.  Acne can definitely become an issue.  I really struggled with acne as a teen, and tried pretty much every therapy out there – including years’ worth of RX’s given by my dermatologist.  Dan – founder of Acne.org is amazing – he’s formulated products that actually WORK.  Proactiv didn’t work for me.  Acne.org DID – and continues to.  EXCELLENT stuff!

Vanicream – When you become a malabsorber, you find out in pretty quick order that you’re going to have dry skin.  In the past 7 years since my DS I’ve tried pretty much every moisturizer out there!  Vanicream is wonderful – and available pretty widely locally for most folks.  I can pick it up at my local Walgreen’s.  See their web site for other products in this excellent line, and locations where you can purchase them.

Vitamins/Supplements

Bio-Tech is the maker of arguably the best dry vitamins out there.   My complaints with them – their web site sucks, and every time I’ve ordered directly from them it’s taken almost literally forever to get my order.  They are a wonderful company, however – when I’ve spoken to them on the telephone they’ve been nothing short of fabulous.  The fact of the matter is simply that their web presence is kinda sucky.  And, the truth of the matter is that they want to sell cases of stuff, not bottles of stuff.  Hallelujah for us – we have Vitalady!  Michelle (aka Vitalady) has worked out a deal with Bio-Tech to have her own label (Vitalady Tender) of the Bio-Tech products available at her web site – and for a bit cheaper than the Bio-Tech brand items.  Yes, Bio-Tech manufactures, bottles, and labels BOTH – the only difference is the label and the price.  Yay Michelle!  Products I wouldn’t want to be caught without as a DS post-op:

Vitalady Tender Dry A 25,000 IU (Palmitate).  If you prefer, you can order the Bio-Tech Dry A 25,000 IU (Palmitate).  The choice is yours.

Vitalady Tender Dry D3-50 50,000 IU (Cholecalciferol).  If you prefer, you can order the Bio-Tech Dry D3-50 50,000 IU (Cholecalciferol).

Bio-Tech Vitamin K1 100 mcg (Phytonadione) or Bio-Tech Vitamin K1 1000mcg (Phytonadione).  You choose which one to take based on your labs
and health history.  Don’t just go taking a boatload of this stuff, okay?

Bio-Tech Vitamin K2 150mcg.   It’s a big decision – whether or not to include K2 in your vitamin regime.  It must only be made after serious study,
consult with your endocrinologist and a careful analysis of your post-op labs.

Citracal Plus Bone Density Builder is the calcium that I’ve switched to and am recommending to folks I work with.  I really like that it’s 600 mg of elemental calcium in two small tablets, that it has a petite pill size, few if any fillers (so no super full feeling after taking your calcium, like other products produce!), and the great benefit of the bone density builder additives.  A great bonus?  Go to their web site for a coupon!  Remember – all DS post-ops should be taking a minimum of 2000 mg of calcium citrate daily – in doses of 500 to 600 mg per dose, spread out over the course of the day.  Just a little FYI – keep your eye on the ads at Walgreen’s they often have buy one get one half-off, or buy one get one free sales!  That’s when I stock up!

Anabolic Laboratories has a product out that is a really interesting option for a DS post-op.  It carries 2000 mcg of D3 and 80 mcg of K2 (the good kind – you always want to make sure it’s got the mk7 in there!) in a cinnamon flavored chewable.  NICE!  Important note:  Just like with every other supplement out there – more is not always BETTER.  You MUST NOT take more than the recommended dosage, and you MUST make certain your PCP or endocrinologist knows you’re contemplating incorporating any K vitamin (K1 and K2 – both of which I firmly believe post-ops ought to be getting daily!).  Got it?  (Oh, and if you think you’ll dump other D3 from your daily regime in favor of this – be certain to know what your current D3 level is and have someone who understands post-op labs tell you whether that’s a good idea or not, okay?  May well be that you need your current level of D3 and this would just be icing on the cake.  Okie dokie?)

Superior Source is the maker of some truly fabulous vitamins.  Of note – their B-12 works wonders and in quick order.  I like that you can either swallow or sublingual their microdots – and that if you do choose to sublingual them, they dissolve nearly instantly – no 10 minute gritty wait like other brands.  You can probably find these locally – I get them at New Season’s Market in the Portland, OR area.  Vitalady carries them, too.

No Shot Methylcobalamin B12 5000mcg – this is the one for us!  There are two forms of B-12 out there, this one is the form that is already converted
– and is more bioavailable.

Pill Containers

I always laughingly tell baby post-ops that they should budget about $50 a year for pill containers in their post-op life.  I say it jokingly, but honestly – it’s the truth!  I’ve tried nearly everything – and I’ll give you a run down of the plusses and minuses of several of the systems I’ve used, but I’ll start with the one that I love the most and have used the longest.

3-Section Round Medication Case – This versatile 3-Section Round Medication Case organizes vitamins and/or herbal supplements. The three sections
feature screw-top bases and join together to make the case. You can combine multiples for larger storage needs.
Seriously – love this system.  I have one section for each day’s pills.  It works beautifully.  I have purchased enough sets so that I can fill about 10 days worth
of pills.  I know post-ops who break each day’s dose out into a section – i.e., if you have 5 doses a day, use 5 sections.  I particularly love the fact that
these come with a spare lid, so that you can just take one day’s section with you and go.

Some others I’ve tried…

7-Section Stacking Pill Organizer – Keep daily medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements organized, fresh, and easy to access with our 7-Section Pill
Organizer. The seven sections can be joined together to create a weekly “tower” of medication – the case of one section serves as the lid to another. There
is also a spare lid so you can create two “towers”.
The thing I didn’t like about this system?  For one – too small.  Could definitely do the dose per section thing, though.  The thing I hated about this system?
It’s made from a very rigid plastic material and when you screw the sections or lids together or apart – it makes this horrific screetchy sound – highly
reminiscent of nails down a blackboard.  Yeah, not loving that!

Walgreen’s Easy Dose Pill Pouches – Zipper-sealed pill pouches made of durable polyethylene. Pill pouches are dust-proof, spill-proof, moisture-resistant
and reusable. See through pouches not only protect their contents, but they allow for easy identification. Convenient for pills and a wide variety of other
uses. White writing area makes for easy labeling right on the pouch.
Honestly, I still like these – and whenever I’m traveling, this is the system that I use.  I can put a day’s worth of pills in one of the pouches, put the duration
of my trip’s worth of pouches in a larger zip sealed bag, labelling with my handy dandy Sharpie as I go along.  I’ve even used these rather unconventionally –
attaching them to a bulletin board with push pins in chronological order.  They are handy, affordable, and travel unbelievably well.  The only downside to
them?  Sometimes they disappear into the recess of what is the black hole of my purse – and without even realizing I’ve missed a dose or – horrors! – a whole
day, I’ll find said missing pouch quite some time later when it’s time to change purses.

Reizen Vibrating Five Alarm Pill Box – This pillbox helps you organize your daily pills and reminds you with audible and/or vibrating alarms up to five times a
day.  The alarms are so advanced; they even have a snooze button. Key-lock function prevents accidental trigger. Compact design for easy carrying in pocket
or purse. Large LCD display with LED backlight and a pulse meter for pulse rate monitoring. No reset is required, so you never forget to take your medicine
again! Pillbox is powered by one CR2025 battery (included) and one AAA battery (not included). Size: 3-1/4″ dia. 90-day warranty.
I loved this one for a while – but honestly, it was a total pain in the butt…  It was difficult to program initially.  It was hard to fit my pills in the pill slots on the
back side.  It was obnoxious – you know, the kind of obnoxious that you want to ignore – which isn’t good if you really DO need to remember to take your
vitamins!  I know folks who have had these for years and are as happy as a clam with this system.  It just didn’t cut it for me for very long.

Apex Pocket Med Pack with 7 Day Tray – Seven daily pill boxes, each has two compartments.  Set-up your medication needs for the whole week.  Weekly
tray organizer included.  Each compartment can hold up to 25 tablets or pills.
This one really seemed like a good idea – but honestly, this was back in the days before I figured out two things:  1.  How to distinguish which pill was which
supplement; and 2.  That I would have much better absorption of my vitamins if I broke them out into specific doses, accompanied by supplements that
enhanced one another’s absorption – not fought or blocked it!  This is one of those systems that sits gathering dust in my “tried it, liked it for a while, then
figured out it didn’t really work for me” bin!

Apex Medi Tray, 4 Times Per Day, 7 Days Per Week – Convenient organizer for vitamins and medications.  Tabbed compartment doors open easily and snap
securely shut.  Designed for use by sight impaired with raised lettering and Braille markings.  Removable planner for 4 times a day / 7 days a week.
9 5/16″ x 6 3/4″ x 1 1/8″ .
The thing that really appealed to me about this system is the fact that you can pull out one day’s worth of pills and take it with you wherever it is you might
be going.  My big problem being that I’d take it where I was going and then I’d forget it there!  I don’t know what it is about this sytem that made it so hard
to keep all 7 days worth in one location, but it was a problem.  Big time.

And one I haven’t tried yet, and have seriously toyed with the thought of picking up along the way…

Vitaminder The Vitamin Chest – Holds up to 800 tablets or capsules.  Moveable partitions- 3 to 9 compartments.  Labels included to identify contents.
If you go to Amazon and check out the customer reviews on this – well – that pretty much says it all!  One couple has been using their Vitaminder Vitamin
Chest for 40 years and just recently needed to replace it!  I like the fact that you could put an entire day’s worth of pills in here in appropriate number of
doses for a day, and take it with you.  It’s big enough to not get swallowed up by the black hole that is my purse, but not so big that it would require me to
want luggage for a purse, either.  (Although my kids may beg to differ – claiming that I already carry luggage for a purse!  They are WRONG though!)

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Mindy Charles says:

    Is there a DS friendly magnesium available? Menopause and the associated leg and muscle pain that comes with it was destroying my life until someone suggested I try magnesium, I did, and it completely eradicated my problem. BUT, I need to take 300 mg of magnesium 3 twice a day, and considering everything else I need to take, I’m trying to get the dose I need in one pill instead of having to take two capsules each time. I cannot find a good calcium on the market that has 300 mg in one capsule. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Dina says:

      Sure! You can choose between oxide, citrate, or glyconate on the magnesium front. Oxide is maybe the least bang for the buck in terms of labs results, citrate, next, and glyconate is the best. However, if calcium constipates you (as it does many folks) then you can mix and/or match the various forms to find the right mix for you to keep everything working the way its supposed to. It is virtually impossible to find larger dosage mag, unfortunately. I’ve got 250 mg Magnesium Complex (oxide/citrate) that I use and have for some time now, that seems to be effective for me. Like for all of the supplements we take – it ends up being a lot of trial and error to find the product, delivery, and dosage that works well for your labs in the end.

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