Best time to take probiotics

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mumbles
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   Posted 12/27/2008 2:10 AM (GMT -6)   
What is the best time to take probiotics? I normally take 4 VSL#3 in the morning. Should I spread out my doses? Or take them before bed?
Asacol-2400 mg
Aloe vera gel-4 ounces twice daily
4 VSL#3
Canasa


FitWithUC
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   Posted 12/27/2008 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I believe before bed is best... I take my probiotics before bed because we don't eat anything while sleeping and gives the bacteria room to do its work.
Male, 21. Puerto Rico
DX: Ulcerative Colitis as of 06/05
Remissions: Remission: 01/06 till 10/08
Current Treament: Asacol® 2400 MG 2X daily, Rowasa® (when needed), 1MG Folic Acid, 30 MG Prednisone (tapering from 40MG), Remicade® 10mg/kg every 6 weeks, New Chapter® Only One, New Chapter® All-Flora Probiotics, New Chapter® Bone Strength Take Care, FutureProbiotics® Vegetarian Enzyme Complex 50+
Status: Recent flare, but getting better :) No urgency, no blood, good consistency :)


unclebubba
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   Posted 12/27/2008 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I take one at lunch and one at bed. Just to break ALL the pills up so I don't have to take so many at once. But sick-colon's thought makes sense. I may have to check into this. Is there any studies to back this up or is it just a thought that makes sense?
diagnosed in aug 2008
30 mg predisone, 9 balsalazide, rowesa enema, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera
gluten intolerance... attempting to live no/low gluten
 
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update: down to 25 mg pred a day as of 12/25/08


crazytrain411
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   Posted 12/27/2008 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
The VSL#3 people say nothing about when it should be consumed or if to avoid taking it with meals. In fact they say to mix it with a little bit of food like yogurt or apple sauce.
So if they didn't say anything then it probably doesn't make a difference.
Off of 5-ASA (6 years) and 1-day minor flareup since probiotics started.

Probiotics 18 strains (vsl#3 + N.F. Ultimate multi probiotic + Trophic Acidophilus Plus + Nature's Way P. Reuteri + Florastore S. Boulardii) - 500 billion per day. No sugar, Oatmeal in the morning.
L-glutamine, elm powder, vit b & folic acid, 5 g vitamin C, vit D, vit E, Calcium+Magnesium


pb4
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   Posted 12/27/2008 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I take mine just before my first meal of the day...just play around with it and see what works best for YOU.

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Peety
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   Posted 12/27/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
the naturopath told me it didn't really matter but suggested one pill with each meal. I can't remember that when I'm out, so I take one in the morning and two in the evening. I tried adding an Align to my Forte in the evening but found it gave me a stomachache in the night. Maybe I need to try it with food, earlier in the day.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills. Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 

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