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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there Allergens in Band Buddies® Products?

All Band Buddies® products are labelled according to TGA and AQIS guidelines for the presence of common allergens. Please check the labels before use. If you are unsure if Band Buddies® products are suitable for you please consult your health care professional before use.


Can anyone take Band Buddies® products?

While our products were developed nutritionally for Adult weight loss surgery patients, almost anyone could use them for general good health or in conjunction with a weight loss program.


Will the higher dose of Iron in NutriChew™ Chewable Multivitamins stain my teeth?

There is no clinical evidence that the higher dose of Iron in NutriChew™ Chewable Multivitamins will stain teeth and other chewable products with similar levels have not been shown to stain teeth, however, if you feel more comfortable rinsing your mouth out with water after taking your NutriChew™ Multivitamins please do so.


Where can I get Band Buddies® products?

Band Buddies® products are available in New Zealand for direct shipment to customers via our Online Store located on the Home Page of our website. Band Buddies® Online Store is administered by Paypal for Customer security. Band Buddies® do not store or have access to payment data.


Is there an issue with Iron & Calcium competition in NutriChew™ Chewable Multivitamins?

The competition between Iron and Calcium is much more of a concern with Gastric-Bypass surgery patient due to the malabsorption properties of the procedure. Because malabsorption is not generally a concern with the Adjustable Gastric-Band or Sleeve procedures, the patient has a much greater ability to absorb the Iron and Calcium when taken together. The Calcium and Iron are included in the NutriChew™ Formula to assist the patient in reaching their recommended daily value as advised by their Dietitian or health care professional.


Where are Band Buddies® products made?

Band Buddies® products are all developed and made in Australia and proudly carry the ‘Made in Australia’ logo. Use of the ‘Made in Australia’ logo is restricted to companies who have demonstrated their compliance with the criteria that determines Australian development and manufacture.


Should I take Multi-Vitamins before my surgery?

This is something you should discuss with your Surgeon and/or Dietitian. There is some strong evidence of nutritional deficiencies occurring in Obese patients, and in pre-op weight loss surgery patients. Some programs recommend multivitamins before surgery, others do not. Conversely, there are some nutrients that you may need to stop taking prior to surgery - your Doctor or Dietitian should be able to tell you what these are.


Can I take NutriChew™ Chewable Multivitamins with my other medications?

There are interactions that can occur between Vitamins, Minerals and Prescription Drugs. It is best to ask your Doctor or Pharmacist about possible interactions.


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