Each time I run the Living (Well!) with Gastroparesis Program, there are questions that come up in our private Facebook group or during our Office Hours phone calls that I just can’t answer. Many times these are specific questions about medication. I’m no pharmacist, after all. But… I do know a pharmacist. A really smart one, who happens to have gastroparesis herself.
So I recently sat down with Chelsey McIntyre and let her answer the questions for my group members. The conversation was so good, though, that I couldn’t see keeping it just within the program. So below you’ll find the recording for Part 1 of our chat.
I loved chatting with Chelsey because we have a similar approach to living (well!) with gastroparesis but totally different areas of expertise. (Some of her answers might surprise you!).
Meet Chelsey, the Gastroparesis Pharmacist
Chelsey is a clinical pharmacist that works at a pediatric hospital. She received her BS in Genetics from UC Davis and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University. She then completed her clinical pharmacy residency.
Chelsey has struggled herself with gastroparesis for the last 10 years but says “through a mix of the neurostimulator, diet modifications, lifestyle changes, and ‘personal peace’,” she has learned to live (well!) with gastroparesis. Chelsey is now using her education and her own experience to help others with this disease.
Listen to the Recording
Q&A mp3 Recording: Part 1 (48 minutes)
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In Part 1, we cover:
- Does everyone who has gastroparesis have to be on a medication?
- What kinds of drugs are typically used to treat gastroparesis?
- Does domperidone work GP? Is it safe? And, why is it so hard to obtain in the U.S.?
- Are drugs used to treat GP safe during pregnancy?
- Are there medications that GP patients should not take because they can worsen symptoms?
- Do all GPers need to take acid blocking medication?
- Can acid blocking medications cause heartburn?
- What anti-nausea meds are best for GPers?
- Are there any nausea medications that do not cause constipation?
- Are the anti-nausea medications commonly prescribed for GP safe during pregnancy?
- Are there reactions between various anti-nausea meds? Can I take more than one at a time?
- Is it safe to take over-the-counter nausea meds with prescription medication?
I’ll be sending out Part 2 of the Q&A to the Living WELL mailing list later this month. Stay tuned!