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VeganOstomy
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December 27, 2014 10:00 am  

Let's talk about ostomy gelling products!

Which have you used? Do you have any tips to share?

A full, written article on this topic can be found by clicking on the link below.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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Darlene Martin
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March 17, 2018 3:11 am  

I have been leaking for 8 months and spoke with several ostomy nurses and nobody ever told me about this gelang product


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VeganOstomy
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March 18, 2018 12:12 am  

That's a shame! I hope they help!

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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Eric
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January 5, 2019 6:19 pm  

Hey, Eric

I was interested in the ingredients of these sachets because they are quite expensive and I didnt want to wait for my insurance to approve it (pre-authorizations are annoying). And I remembered I used to have a magic trick as a kid that used this super absorbent powder which looks just like this. Indeed it looks to be the same. I found Convatec's patent for their product, and it appears that it primarily contains sodium polyacrylate (the stuff that does the absorbing), zeolite (odor absorbing powder), and activated charcoal, which I believe is the stuff that makes it black.

Here's a link to the patent: https://patents.google.com/patent/US20140330229A1/en

You can buy literally pounds of each ingredient on ebay for dirt cheap, like 1lb for around $15. All you really need is the sodium polyacrylate, but mixing with zeolite would help with odor. If anyone needs to use a lot of this stuff and their insurance doesn't pay for enough of them (or at all) I'd say you could go this route. Its all non-toxic stuff. I believe the patent page even lists the ratios for the ingredients. Each brand might have slightly different formulations in terms of odor control but I'd bet the primary ingredient in all of them is the sodium polyacrylate. Of course, sachets are easier to carry, but this can be carried in a bottle /w scooper, which is how it's also sold anyways for a huge markup.

Hope this was interesting or helps. I actually was going to ask YOU if you knew the ingredients but I guess I solved the mystery. None of the companies put the ingredients publicly on their site.

edit: For anyone wondering, Convatec's patent says: "The water soluble sachet comprises 2 g of sodium polyacrylate and 250 mg of zeolite" so that should be useful. Interesting to note is that they also mention a pouch with one of these sachets already attached inside it, but they dont seem to have ever put it into production. They also mention a better odor absorption ingredient called CW90 Zn made from zinc salts, which does not cause the black color like charcoal does. It's unclear why they still use charcoal though..perhaps due to cost. (edit: it wasn't as effective as charcoal in testing)

Also, just in case you want to pull a prank on your fellow ostomate, add some salt to their pouch beforehand. It will reverse the reaction and make it liquid again. (Just kidding dont do this)

Sincerely,
Eric in Parkland, FL


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VeganOstomy
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January 7, 2019 10:28 am  

Hey Eric,

Yup, you found the secret! I've actually been working on a new article (since Feb 2018) sharing some DIY options and Sodium Polyacrylate is definitely on the list. 

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Using this bagged stuff will be messy, unlike using sachets or capsules. Traveling will be even more awkward. 
  • While these other ingredients may be cheap, gelling products are often covered by insurance companies and people should go that route first. 

I haven't explored any of the other ingredients as there's an element of risk/potential harm from misusing them. The Sodium Polyacrylate stuff is pretty harmless (just don't eat it!!), so that's one tip people can use without much worry. 

Thanks again for sharing that. I'll hopefully be posting my article at some point! 

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.

~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


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