Ensure... for the rest of us

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tabicat
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   Posted 7/23/2010 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
So I know that a lot of people with Crohn's (and many other diseases) are fans of Ensure drinks.
 
What about those of us that can't enjoy Ensure? Due to lactose or dairy restrictions?
Is there an alternative or lactose free Ensure type drink?
 
I've really having issues lately, and would start drinking Ensure, but I'm lactose intolerant :(
26 y/o female from Kentucky.
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 2004. Colon resection in 2004
Had symptoms since about 2002.
 
Also lactose intolerant and anemic.
 
Currently on 2000mg daily of Sulfasalazine and 1 tablet daily folic acid.
Tried Pentasa and Entocort in the past, with no improvement.
 


Writer
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   Posted 7/23/2010 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
It's actually lactose-free (with the possible exception of a chocolate malt flavor in some markets). I think it says something like a "clinically nil lactose" on the bottle, but it is definitely fine for people with lactose intolerance. Those who are allergic to milk protein (different from lactose intolerance) would need to choose a semi-elemental or elemental formula instead, but milk protein allergy is pretty rare in adults. Hope this helps.

tabicat
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   Posted 7/23/2010 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
really?

I never read the label, just assumed since it was a "shake" it had milk in it.

thanks so much! that definitely helped!
26 y/o female from Kentucky.
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 2004. Colon resection in 2004
Had symptoms since about 2002.
 
Also lactose intolerant and anemic.
 
Currently on 2000mg daily of Sulfasalazine and 1 tablet daily folic acid.
Tried Pentasa and Entocort in the past, with no improvement.
 


mtgman
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   Posted 7/23/2010 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   
what about those lactaid pills too if you wanted to eat/drink things with lactose? ensure should be fine for you though...
36 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 30 mg prednisone.  still taking Asacol.  Just had 3rd Remicade infusion 3 weeks ago
In the middle of a bad flare now for over a year...lost almost 30 lbs. -- gained most of it back now.


Becoming undone
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   Posted 7/24/2010 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
oh, and many of us are not "fans" of the stuff per se, it is just a useful tool when you need bowel rest and can't really hold anything else in (or down, depending on the case)...personally I find this stuff HORRIBLE in taste(can only handle the french vanilla, the other stuff tastes too chemically(?), but when I need it, I need it (and have taken it a few too many times in my life)
"The earth laughs in flowers"


Zanne
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   Posted 7/24/2010 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
My GI is actually a fan of Carnation Instant Breakfast. Since I am lactose intolerant I mix it with Lactaid milk. Whatever, if any, milk product is in it doesn't seem to bother me, and it tastes a heck of a lot better than Ensure. I still do Ensure some times too though.
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


jpnutritionfirst
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Total Posts : 383
   Posted 7/24/2010 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
There is a product out there called Absorb Plus http://www.imixnaturals.com/
Crohn's Colitis diagnosed 6/08
Organic SCD since 4/09
Remicade from 6/09 to 4/10
Boswellia + Natren's Healthy Trinity probiotic + Cinnamon + Wild Oregano Oil + vitamin D + zinc


CrohnnieMan
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Total Posts : 190
   Posted 7/24/2010 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
For some reason I can't handle ensure or similar brands. I get extremely gassy and don't feel well. I can eat dairy all day long, but not those drinks. I may try the instant breakfast to see if I can handle that instead.
4mg LDN- 1x a day
500mg Pentasa - 3x a day
1,000 I/U Vitamin D3 - 2x a day
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri -1 cap 2x a day
Coromega Omega 3 - 2x a day
500mg Propolis 2 caps - 2x a day
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Medication prior to taking LDN: 100mg Imuran a day, 1,000mg of Pentasa 4x/day, 3mg of Entocort 3x/day, Librax as needed.

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