Are there any lactose free versions of Ensure or other nutritional drinks?

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catpower
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   Posted 3/11/2009 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I usually drink the chocolate Ensure, but it's now bothering my stomach (which is unfortunate b/c I can't tolerate food right now). I am wondering if the lactose in the Ensure is bothering me and would like to try something lactose free.

Thanks!
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease; Meds: Entocort & Asacol; female in late 20s.


janicea
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   Posted 3/11/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Rainbow light and a lot of other manufacturers make flavored powder meal/nutritional protein powders you can just make smoothies out of using juice or rice dream or soy milk or a combo - that would give you a lot of flexibility to create whatever drink you would like. You can use a blender or an immersion blender. That's what I've done. WHen doing mixes I've tended to stay with vanilla, but no reason you could not try chocolate, or some other flavor! Often you can get little one serving packs that let you try different flavors too.

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Rider Fan
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   Posted 3/11/2009 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Rainbow light? Where would one purchase this product? I'm in Canada...

I've never been able to find a lactose free equivalent of ensure/boost...
32 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira. 22.5mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


Valerie3
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   Posted 3/11/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Ensure Plus is lactose/gluten free. I have some in my fridge and I just checked the label.

catpower
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   Posted 3/11/2009 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, I am on my way to the store now!
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease; Meds: Entocort & Asacol; female in late 20s.


Julie1014
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   Posted 3/11/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmm.... I am currently drinking Ensure and mine is lactose-free also. Blessings, Julie
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2006, Fibromyalgia November 2008
Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 10 mg, Miralax,  Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12, Vitamin D, Slow-FE (Iron), Hydrocortisone enemas
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Rider Fan
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   Posted 3/11/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, guess I need to open my eyes! Thanks.
32 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira. 22.5mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


ivy6
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   Posted 3/11/2009 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Isosource is no longer being manufactured (I'm told), but it is possible to get a dairy free product called Fresubin (sp?), which is made in Germany.
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catpower
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   Posted 3/11/2009 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
So my trip to the store showed that most Ensure is Lactose free; however, it is not milk protein free. The stores I went to were out of Vanilla, so I just asked my husband to check a few more stores on his way home from work. Thanks again.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease; Meds: Entocort & Asacol; female in late 20s.


ivy6
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   Posted 3/11/2009 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Isosource was dairy free, and I'm pretty sure Fresubin is too, as long as you get the right variety.
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 3/11/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I like Mix1.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


pb4
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   Posted 3/11/2009 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I too was severely lactose intolerant but since taking primadophilus reuteri everyday I no longer have that issue, it also aids with high cholesterol and for women, vaginal health and I feel it has definitely helped with my crohn's as well.

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Kaycie
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   Posted 3/11/2009 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Boost makes a drink that is a fruity drink you can mix with sprite or water. It's a berry taste and dairy-free. I had major dairy troubles a few years back when I was pregnant and couldn't keep anything down. I can't think of the exact name, but I do know a nutritionist had to order it for me. Luckily, the hospital ordered enough for me to get through about 2 weeks at which point I didn't need it anymore. There were 2 or 3 flavors I think.
Kaycie - Age: 26
Crohn's - Dx Nov 05
Failed Remicade, moving onto a Clinical Trial called ABT-874 - Tentative start date - 10/2/08 - 10/16/08  - Infusion, every 4 weeks.
IVF #1 (In-Vitro Fertilization) - Failed
IVF #2 - IVIg, Heparin, Baby Aspirin - TWIN GIRLS!!!
Reagan Dawn - 8/2/07 - Lived 1 hour 27 minutes due to Cloaca, NOT affiliated with my Crohn's
Addison Maria - 8/2/07 - 13 months old


ladybug0709
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   Posted 3/12/2009 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Ensure is lactose and gluten free as mentioned above. The Boost Fruit Beverage mentioned above is a good substitute if you think its the Ensure giving you problems although it is not as calorie or protein dense.
Crohns almost 17 years. No surgeries. Currently taking Imuran and Entocort. Also take multivitamin/mineral supplement, omega -3 oil, calcium and vitamin D. Eat lots of yogurt. Limit wheat and gluten as much as I can.


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 3/12/2009 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
ok you are going to laugh at me, but HMR make a lactose free drink/pudding. (I like their powder chicken soup too)
Usually it is for weight loss, but what it is a nutritional drink (it does not contain dieretics like slimfast plus or other "diet" drinks like optifast).
It is used by my GI as a sub for ensure.
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Zanne
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   Posted 3/12/2009 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
When I am in the hospital they will not let me have Ensure or Boost or any of the liquid supplements because my charts says I am lactose intolerant. But they have a clear supplement that is lactose free. I found the taste bad, but I really have a thing about tastes. I think it comes from years of preps and bariums. But, I also can now tolerate much more lactose than I used to be able to, so I convinced them to let me have Ensure last time. But there must be some thing in it, if the hospital dietitian won't let you have it.
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
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ladybug0709
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   Posted 3/12/2009 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Believe me, it's lactose and gluten free. Only if you have a "milk allergy" - then you cant have it.
Crohns almost 17 years. No surgeries. Currently taking Imuran and Entocort. Also take multivitamin/mineral supplement, omega -3 oil, calcium and vitamin D. Eat lots of yogurt. Limit wheat and gluten as much as I can.


Rider Fan
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   Posted 3/12/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
What is HMR?

So ensure is lactose free, but it still has milk products in it? Hmmm...I'm not sure if I should try it or not...
32 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira. 22.5mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


pb4
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   Posted 3/12/2009 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Use lactaid products (pills or liquid) or primadophilus reuteri (daily) when in doubt with lactose products.

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My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


Celey
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   Posted 3/12/2009 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
It has milk protein..... Lactose is milk sugar.... Which is what a lot of Crohn's disease people have a hard time digesting due to damage of the intestines...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


Valerie3
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   Posted 3/12/2009 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
It actually explains a lot for me - I have trouble with dairy when I'm not feeling well (usually I'm OK with it), and when I'm sick I can never keep Ensure down. Now I know why! I always thought it must be something else because it was lactose free, but I guess it could be the milk protein in it?

Celey
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   Posted 3/12/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Well... If you're allergic to milk, that would be a possibility...

I have to say, though... It could also be that you're drinking too much of it at once... Ensure is packed with nutrition. And sometimes, introducing your body to so many nutrients (especially if you've gone a while without eating as healthy as you could... or if you've been eating a lot of jello and such), it can put a shock to your system and not feel too good on your tummy...

It's best to drink it a little at a time... And not the whole bottle/can in one day...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


Valerie3
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   Posted 3/12/2009 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
That could explain it, usually when I drink it, I finish the bottle in about 20 minutes or so. I don't consider that really "fast", considering the size of the bottle, but I guess when I'm really sick it may be too much to handle. I've always wondered what could cause me to have a hard time keeping it down, because it tastes SO bad coming back up (LOL). I'll definitely have to try drinking less at a time!

pb4
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   Posted 3/12/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Celey said...
It has milk protein..... Lactose is milk sugar.... Which is what a lot of Crohn's disease people have a hard time digesting due to damage of the intestines...

Lactose intolerance happens to many without an IBD, it's not prone to IBDers alone and not all IBDers suffer with lactose intolerance.
 
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pb4
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   Posted 3/12/2009 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Being allergic to milk/milk prodcuts means you have an allergy to casein which is in milk, this is completely different than having lactose intolerance, lactase is the natural sugar in milk/milk products and those that are intolerant to lactase have lactose intolerance.
 

Signs of a milk allergy that may occur immediately after consuming milk include:

  • Wheezing
  • Vomiting
  • Hives

Signs and symptoms that may take more time to develop include:

  • Loose stools (which may contain blood or mucus)
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Runny nose
  • Skin rash

Milk allergy or milk intolerance?
It's important to differentiate a true milk allergy from milk protein intolerance or lactose intolerance. Unlike a milk allergy, intolerance doesn't involve the immune system. Milk intolerance causes different symptoms and requires different treatment than does a true milk allergy. Common signs and symptoms of milk protein or lactose intolerance include digestive problems, such as bloating, gas or diarrhea, after consuming milk.


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