How long will I need to take oral nutritional supplements for?
Oral nutritional supplements (ONS) are Foods for Special Medical Purposes for patients who have, or are at risk of having, disease-related malnutrition. They must be used under medical supervision. When your ONS is prescribed by your doctor, dietitian or other healthcare professional, you should have a conversation with them about how long you might need the oral nutritional supplement for.
Everyone is different and has different nutritional needs. You may need to take ONS until your appetite is better and you are able to meet all your body’s nutritional needs from ordinary food and drinks. For people who cannot eat food at all, oral nutritional supplements taken in sufficient quantities, can be used as their only source of nourishment – many contain all the nutrients you need.
If you have been prescribed an ONS by a healthcare professional discuss the ongoing need for them before stopping. If you are finding it difficult to take your oral nutritional supplement or cannot manage the amount you’ve been prescribed or recommended, contact your healthcare professional as there are a wide range of oral nutritional supplements available. Your healthcare professional may be able to suggest an alternative flavour or format that would suit you better.
Just the sensation of swallowing, after a period where you thought you’d never swallow again, was overwhelming...I took it 3 to 4 times a day for 4 to 5 months.