Yogurt and any conflict with Lactulose or Xifaxan?

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JohnCT
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 5/10/2008 12:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
I have an ammonia question.
My understanding of Lactulose and Xifaxan is that they change the intestinal flora and fauna by altering the bacterial mix in the digestive system. Those changes allow for more absorption of ammonia, which is then expelled, reducing mind-fog.
My question is this: If my understanding of the bacterial changes is correct, does anyone know if eating yogurt will negate those changes by reintroducing the common bacteria that yogurt makers say are found in 'live' yogurt?
I like yogurt but don't want to be working at cross-purpose to the Lactulose or Xifaxan. Especially when I think about 'smoothies'.
Any opinions, observations, speculations, or even tall-tales are appreciated.
Be well, John
I have to get up the creek! Now where's that paddle?
Mind-fogged again.


Mischa
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   Posted 5/11/2008 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi John
When the Dr. put my husband on 500 mg of neomycin 3 x a day I was worrried about him developing a yeast infection. I asked the dr if he could drink the Danactive to help replace the good gut flora and he said that was fine. My hubby doesnt drink it tho, he doesnt have much tolerance for milk products these days.
Therese

JohnCT
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   Posted 5/11/2008 11:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Therese,

Thanks for the feedback. One of my major faults is that I have an engineer's mind (when it works) and so I need to know how things work and interact. I makes me question too many things.

I am glad to read that your husband is feeling better. I can't imagine dealing with the liver disease and an untreated hernia. Both of you should get medals of valor. Keep strong!

It's Fleetwood Mac tonight and sleep soon.

Be well, John
I have to get up the creek! Now where's that paddle?
Mind-fogged again.


exhaused
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   Posted 5/17/2008 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi John  We have just returned from the beach.  We actually lasted two weeks.  The longest we have been away from home since Jerry was diagnosed with this horrible disease.  We had a wonderful time at first but the second week was horrible.  I started him on his neomycin but it doesn't seem to be working.  He has had horrible bouts of vomiting.  Some blood  which scares me.  about the yogart.  I have been making smoothies for Jerry for quite some time.  At first I didn't add yogurt but have recently started adding yogurt.  Your post made me think about the yogart.  I just wanted to let you know that it doesn't seem to bother him.  I wonder if anyone knows the answer to your question.  Maybe Shelly can shed some lite.  Hope your not having too much mind fog these day.

 

JoAnn


JohnCT
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   Posted 5/18/2008 12:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi JoAnn,

I'm glad that you had at least one good week at the beach. I hope that soon you guys will have many more good weeks. I just posted a link on your living donors thread so I feel like I already have been talking to you two.

!! I'm sure that you know to be aggressive on the blood symptom. My doctor went ballistic the first time I had blood and didn't get to him or the hospital that very day.

As soon as the doctor knew that the bleeding was in check, he put me on a month-long Prilosec treatment to reduce my stomach acid (to allow the varices to heal better) and further restricted my meal size (to reduce the possibility of acid backing up to the varices in the esophagus). I mention that for whatever it's worth.

Thanks for the info on the yogurt. I bought a blender and will try some smoothies.

Being alone most of the time, I don't really know how bad the mind fog is these days. I drop the ball on many things that I have not automated in my life so I know it's there. But I check in every couple of days with friends who have Shelly's 'Stages of ESLD' list of symptoms and they're comfortable that I'm not too far gone (and I haven't started arm-flapping -- that's always a good thing).

Give my regards to Jerry. And you stay strong.

Be well, John
I have to get up the creek! Now where's that paddle?
Mind-fogged again.

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