is it possible to take too many probiotics?

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   Posted 3/21/2010 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
I've been reading up on probiotics and crohn's, and I know a lot of you are taking them. My question is, can you take too many probiotics?

I just started taking Prednisone, and I know it can lower your immune system, so I thought it would be a good idea to take some. I was taking Digestive Advantage for Crohn's and Colitis twice a day before, but it didn't help my diarrhea, so I stopped taking it. Instead, I just bought Florastor, and I purchased Philips Colon Health yesterday. They have different strains of bacteria in them, so I figured it would be OK to use them both at the same time. I also eat yogurt daily.

Do any of you know if taking too many different probiotics can have a negative effect on my diarrhea, or anything else health-wise?

28 year-old female
Dx with Crohn's in 2007, although my issues have been lifelong.
Previous medications: Pentasa, Keflex, Asacol, Lialda, and Entocort
Currently on: Prednisone, probiotic supplement, multivitamins, store-brand OTC Zyrtec and Nasonex (for allergies)

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   Posted 3/21/2010 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually probiotics didn't help me at all. If anything, they seemed to make me more gassy and upset my stomach more often than not. I stopped taking them altogether and just eat a yogurt once in a while. A lot of people have different results.

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   Posted 3/21/2010 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Too much of anything can hurt you even water. For me, too much probiotic gave me gas with pain. Find the balance for you. Luck

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   Posted 3/22/2010 5:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Same I got gas and bloating quite badly when I tried them, after about a week I gave up! Bacteria produces gas doesn't it? Even the good stuff? I've heard that apparently you're supposed to stick it out for a few months to get the balance right - at the time I was doing an active job and lagging behind with a bloated belly just was not cool lol.

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   Posted 3/22/2010 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I would assume too much of anything could be unhealthy for you.
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   Posted 3/22/2010 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I have wondered that myself. I have seen people who are eating a homemade yogurt and they say it has 70 billion CFU's in it. Then I hear the you should be taking at least 10 billion CFU's. I take a probiotic that has 8 billion CFU and it works fine for "ME". Good question!
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