Supplements- do you have to be careful?

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   Posted 4/1/2010 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Just a quick question. After reading some recent posts on this awesome forum, I have armed myself with some new supplements - Vitamin D3 & Slippery Elm Bark and I also added Digestive Enzymes to the mix since I've started to have some terrible abdominal discomfort after eating. And I also take my beloved Probie every day. So my question you have to be careful about combining supplements? I usually pop a Zantac in the a.m. and p.m. so I'm hoping none of these supplements will cause any kind of weird interaction or something? Input is always appreciated! Thanks gang!
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   Posted 4/1/2010 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmm, not really sure. But I will tell you that some people act differently to probiotics. I for one, felt worse and gassier when on them... A week after I stopped; I felt great.

Supplements is probably something I should look into...
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   Posted 4/1/2010 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, of course you need to be careful!  Slippery elm can cause abortion (in large doses) so I think it would be pretty easy for it to cause upset stomach (even though it is suspose to treat it). Have you actually got your vitimen levels tested?  Because in part that would let you know how much D you need instead of trying to guess.
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   Posted 4/1/2010 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I TOTALLY agree with Navy on this i would really have your levels tested n not guess..slippery elm can be very good but also dangerous as pointed out...let us know
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   Posted 4/1/2010 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Although not one mentioned on here , I do think those that are on any medication that can affect the liver (like immuran/azathioprine) should be wary of taking Vitamin A ,as too much of that can seriously affect the liver too.

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   Posted 4/1/2010 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Everyone should be careful of adding supplements without discussing with your dr regardless of the medication you are on. Many natural supplements and even certain foods can interact. For example my mom takes BP medicine and cannot eat grapefruit. It causes the drug to actually work to strongly and can cause too low a drop in BP. I must drive my dr nuts but I call them before taking anything.
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   Posted 4/1/2010 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Slippery elm is pretty safe in the recommended doses although you can't take other meds within 2 hours of taking your slippery elm because it coats the intestines therefore inhibiting absorption of other meds if taken too closely together. I have had great success so far with slippery elm but each crohnnie is different.
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   Posted 4/1/2010 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Gosh, I'm glad I asked!! Thanks so much for you input. I had my vitamin levels checked.....I want to say around last August...but I'm not positive. I know it was well before my last Colonoscopy which was in November. My GI said my levels were "excellent" at that time - and was actually surprised by the results. You're right, I should speak to him before taking any of these things so I will do that. :)
What A Life, I had the same experience with one probitioc in particular - one that my GI highly recommended. I was so gassy and crampy it was miserable. I did find one that had no side effects at all and I've been taking it ever since. Just gotta find the right one for you I guess. 
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