VSL #3 Double Strength

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TookieWilliams
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   Posted 2/14/2011 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, guys anyone heard of vsl 3 double strength, and if a prescription is required.  Also in Canada does anyone know if it would be covered by pharmacare?
 
Thanks

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 2/14/2011 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I have heard of it. I've seen some posts about it here, usually people call it VSL #3 DS. I have heard of people getting it covered by insurance in the US, not sure about Canada.
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songlady
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   Posted 2/14/2011 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, that's what I take! It's 900 billion per packet instead of the 450 billion.
My insurance covers it - I do pay a steep co-pay, but it's sure cheaper than buying the stuff directly.

Have you tried VSL? I know we're all different and it doesn't work for everyone, but it sure helps me a lot.

The VSL DS box says on it "by prescription only."

I hope someone from Canada can chime in about the coverage!
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VSL#3DS 2 x daily, Multivitamin, Calcium and D
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TookieWilliams
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   Posted 2/15/2011 4:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi! ya i have tried vsl 3 and it works great, however I am a student and paying 100$ per box is tough, thats why i was wondering about the coverage in canada, going to see my GP tommorrow, will ask him, I will update if it is a yes

carmen
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   Posted 2/15/2011 5:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I just ordered 2 boxes of 30 packets for 210.00 cad....too expensive.....anyway I have called my insurance
company , they do not cover it ...I wish they did....
 
thanks
Carmen

songlady
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   Posted 2/15/2011 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I know that in the US some insurances won't cover it.... but when I finally got mine to be covered, it was really important that my doctor order boxes of 20 (the Double Strength comes in boxes of 20) - prior to that, the pharmacy had kept getting me the regular strength, not the DS strength.
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Age 54. Diagnosed UP 1983, UC 1986
Asacol - 16 pills/day,
tapering steroid enemas, Canasa occasionally
Metamucil - 2 doses/day
VSL#3DS 2 x daily, Multivitamin, Calcium and D
homemade yogurt each day
doing well!
Son, 17, dx pancolitis 2007, in remission

Sunup Shutterbug
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   Posted 2/15/2011 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I had to stop using VSL #3 because it contains gluten. The only variety my pharmacy could order was the lemon one for some reason =( so I had to switch probiotics. My insurance didn't cover any pharmaceutical foods, but I'm in the US

best of luck to you,
Cindy

Post Edited (Sunup Shutterbug) : 2/15/2011 7:02:54 AM (GMT-7)


Supa
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   Posted 2/15/2011 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I am the same as SongLady-in fact it was because of her info that I made sure to ask for the prescription to be written a certain way!!!

My insurance does cover it. $90 for 6 boxes, I believe. But I am in the US.

I hope it is covered for you as well!!
Laura
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