Probiotics on an empty stomach

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Serenity Now
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   Posted 4/28/2010 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Many people here take their probiotics on an empty stomach.  My questions :
1. If you take it first thing in the morning, how long do you wait before eating something?
2. If you take it at the end of the day, how long after you have last eaten something?
Female, 43, Vancouver BC
 

DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June2008.  Currently in remission.
Current Meds: None

Previous Meds:

 -Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), Jan-Mar2009
 -Ferrous sulfate, Jan2009-Apr2010 
Supplements: Probiotic, cod liver oil, Multi-vitamins, Calcium-Magnesium 


quincy
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   Posted 4/28/2010 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I take mine before bedtime which could be somewhere around 1 30 - 3 00 AM.
I try to wait at least an hour and a half after taking my night meds.

I don't take probiotics in the morning.....firstly, because I get gas. Secondly, the timing is off and I'd just forget.

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Supa
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   Posted 4/28/2010 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I actually take mine between breakfast and lunch. I eat at about 8am (which is when I take my AM meds too), and I take the probiotic at about 10:30am. I eat lunch around 1ish, generally. I have tried taking it first thing-not good for me. Too much gas. I have tried taking them before bed-but I forget most of the time. For some reason, the mid morning thing seems to work for me, so I stick with it.
Laura
Getting Closer to Remission!!!!
34 years old, stay at home mom of 2 girls, ages almost 5 and 3.5
Diagnosed in March 2007, symptoms started Dec. 2006
Currently on:
OUT of Humira trial-it stopped working
TAPERING pred (currently on 20mg), started REMICADE 2/26/10, otherwise taking Asacol (6/day), slow-fe iron (double dose), milk thistle, multivitamins, calcium, Ultimate Flora Critical Care, Vitamin C, and starting on 10,000 IU daily of Vit D, as well as GI Revive.


imagardener2
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   Posted 4/28/2010 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I take VSL#3 when I wake up 30 minutes before breakfast. I love food so this is the only time all day that there is 30 minutes without eating. (I am normal weight, just a nibbler). I don't get gas of any kind from probiotics. Before I started diet mod. a lot of food would cause stomach gas but now no gas either end.
Ulcerative colitis 10 years
Jan 2010 started SCD diet but modified by me (tried 5 years earlier no improvement)
Jan '10 first time in 10 years bleeding stopped, by Apr '10 90% improvement
Started reducing meds 6 weeks after colon improved with diet-all OK
Diet: Protein(meat/fish/eggs,no soy),nuts(soaked/roasted),no-starch veg(no potato),no grains bread
eliminated carbohydrates, no dairy except small amt. hard cheese, no fruit/juice (blueberries OK)
Daily: fish oil, Vit D3 1000 2Xday with oil/fat, veggie juice, sunflower seeds, probiotic VSL#3
Highly recommend: the book "Life without Bread" and the SCD Diet


mrrogeye
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   Posted 4/29/2010 4:06 AM (GMT -6)   
My probiotics say on the label that they should be taken on a full stomach....do your probiotics specifically say to take on an empty stomach?
Male - 26 year old in UK

UC - diagnosed Aug 2008 after c-scope - 3 months of being really unwell and lots of weight loss with no idea what was wrong with me, ended up being hospitalised for IV steroids

Meds - Asacol 6xDay

Currently flaring for first time since 2008 on the steroids and predfoam enemas, feel like its all coming back again :-(


Red_34
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   Posted 4/29/2010 5:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I take mine in the morning before I eat breakfast. I have to take Prilosec on an empty stomach, so I take that when I wake up and then my probiotic, wait a little bit, have breakfast and take the rest of my pills. But usually I wait about an hour in between the probiotic and food not because of any rule or anything but I am usually a little nauseas in the mornings and I can't eat for at least an hour after I wake up.
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songlady
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   Posted 4/29/2010 6:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I take VSL, and the package insert says it doesn't matter whether you take it with food or on an empty stomach. Of course, it is also recommended you mix it with food or drink to take it!
take it in a little applesauce mid-to-late afternoon. That's when I feel like having a snack anyway, so I tend to remember to take it. I had tried taking it prior to bed, but I didn't always want to eat more applesauce or whatever at that hour, so I sometimes forgot to take it.
Age 54. Diagnosed UP 1983, UC 1986
Prednisone almost 2 years, 86-88
Asacol - 16 pills/day, cortenemas, Rowasa
Metamucil - 2 doses/day since '86
VSL#3DS, Multivitamin, Calcium and D
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Serenity Now
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   Posted 4/29/2010 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
mrrogeye - My probiotics bottle actually says to take them with food, but I'd noticed a lot of people here take them on an empty stomach. And a few people (like Quincy) have mentioned doing that to reduce gas. I have gas issues so I am trying various things to try to control that. Now that I no longer have to take 3 iron pills a day, I can re-jig my whole pill schedule.

Supa - wow, you go a long time between breakfast and lunch! I don't think I can do that. I need to have little snacks every so often.

Maybe I'll try taking them at the end of the day, an hour after eating anything. See how that goes. I am too hungry when I first get up to wait an hour after taking them plus a couple of people say they get gas taking them first thing.

Thanks everyone for your replies!
Female, 43, Vancouver BC
 

DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June2008.  Currently in remission.
Current Meds: None

Previous Meds:

 -Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), Jan-Mar2009
 -Ferrous sulfate, Jan2009-Apr2010 
Supplements: Probiotic, cod liver oil, Multi-vitamins, Calcium-Magnesium 


Supa
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   Posted 4/29/2010 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I guess that is true-it is a long while. But I typically eat eggs for breakfast, so that seems to fill me up for a long while-and we seem to always be on the go in the mornings, so I don't have a chance to eat much anyway.

That is probably why I end up snacking in the afternoons more often!!

I agree with you though-I am too hungry in the mornings to wait to eat, so the end of the day sounds like a good time to try on an empty stomach.
Laura
Getting Closer to Remission!!!!
34 years old, stay at home mom of 2 girls, ages almost 5 and 3.5
Diagnosed in March 2007, symptoms started Dec. 2006
Currently on:
OUT of Humira trial-it stopped working
TAPERING pred (currently on 20mg), started REMICADE 2/26/10, otherwise taking Asacol (6/day), slow-fe iron (double dose), milk thistle, multivitamins, calcium, Ultimate Flora Critical Care, Vitamin C, and starting on 10,000 IU daily of Vit D, as well as GI Revive.


Christine1946
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   Posted 4/29/2010 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
     I was taking Powerdolphilus and it says on the bottle to take with food.  When I started Humira on March 24th the doctor told me to stop the probiotic.  I still take one though, used to take two.  I never noticed any difference in my condition.  I still flared even taking the probiotic for two years cry
 
Ulcerative Proctitis since Sept of 1998. Hospitalized for eight days.  Prednisone, Asacol, Rowasa enemas.  Two year remission. Flare..switched from Asacol to Colazal.  Two year remission.  Started 6MP in 2002.  Flared yearly from 2003 to May of 08.  Hospitalized for ten days in May of 08.  Flaring more often since.  Off 6MP. Remicade failed. Now on Humira, Colazal, 20 mgm of Pred and tapering, Cort enemas, Canasa, Calcium with D, Benecar with water pill for blood pressure.  Ambien/Tylenol PM for sleep.

 


Serenity Now
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   Posted 4/29/2010 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, to be honest, I don't actually know if the probiotics do anything for me. I didn't start taking them until after I was already in remission. I only learned about them after I found this board and by then was already going into remission. I figure they might help and they don't seem to hurt, so why not.
Female, 43, Vancouver BC
 

DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June2008.  Currently in remission.
Current Meds: None

Previous Meds:

 -Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), Jan-Mar2009
 -Ferrous sulfate, Jan2009-Apr2010 
Supplements: Probiotic, cod liver oil, Multi-vitamins, Calcium-Magnesium 

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