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JD23
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   Posted 4/25/2008 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone here been on something called an elemental diet and I think the drinks are made by a company called Peptamal or something?  If you have or know anything about this product and your experience with it, that would be great!
thank you so much.

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   Posted 4/25/2008 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I think you might be thinking of a product called Peptamen. It's a semi-elemental diet, a special type of liquid diet that can be used instead of regular food, usually for around 2 to 8 weeks, to get into remission from Crohn's. (This treatment is referred to in general terms as enteral nutrition, and there are different types of liquids that you can use, called elemental diets, semi-elemental diets, and polymeric diets. They all work about the same.) Peptamen is a good choice. A lot of people have had good luck with it.

If you don't want to give up regular food entirely, you can use it as a supplement, along with your regular meals, and that can help you stay in remission longer. Used alone, in place of regular food, it can be a primary therapy. It works particularly well (as well as steroids) if you have small intestinal disease, and is pretty effective if you have disease in both the small and large intestines. It is least likely to work in Crohn's colitis, but still does work for some people. Good luck with it if you decide to try it!

JD23
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   Posted 4/25/2008 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you for your information..but can you tell me what the difference is between the Peptamen vs. Esure or a Boost?
do you gain a lot of weight using this? I heard it tastes really bad as well.
can it decrease the pain levels ?
thank you again for your reply!

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   Posted 4/26/2008 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Peptamen, Ensure, and Boost are all enteral nutrition formulas. Ensure and Boost have whole protein in them, and Peptamen has protein broken down into peptides, which is less likely to cause allergic reactions for people with food allergies. Of the three, Peptamen has been studied most to show that it can induce remission in people with Crohn's, but all three are likely to work just fine. They don't taste much different from each other, although some people like one more than another. If you get the Peptamen, make sure you get the vanilla flavor (along with any other flavor packets that you want), and not the unflavored type which is made for tube feeding and does taste terrible.

These formulas can put you into full remission (no pain, no symptoms, normal blood work) if you are willing to drink only formula and not eat regular food for a few weeks. Not everyone responds, but many do. You will usually notice significant improvement within 10 days if they're going to work for you. As far as weight gain, it depends on how much of the formula you drink. If you are normal weight when you start, and you normally eat 1800 calories per day to maintain your weight, then you should just drink 1800 calories per day of the formula and you will neither gain nor lose weight. If you are underweight and need to gain weight, you will need to drink more of the formula, and if you have very active disease causing weight loss, you may need to drink more calories than usual until you go into remission.
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