Uncoated Tablets -- Begin to dissolve in the stomach but the complete time taken to dissolve may vary among different products.
Gelatin Capsules -- Less efficient than liquids, but are still effective. Possibly ineffective for the ostomate who has a short bowel syndrome.
Enteric Coated Tablets -- Dissolution is delayed and these tablets may be ineffective in the colostomate. Should be avoided by the ileostomate and those with short bowel syndrome.
Sustained Release Medication -- These medicines take 8-12 hours for absorption and should be avoided by the ileostomate, the wet colostomate, and those with short bowel syndrome.
Other Medications -- Pain medications may cause constipation. Diuretics that are potassium wasting should be avoided by the ileostomate. Antibiotics may cause diarrhea and may not be well absorbed.