VSL#3 Probiotic and flare-up

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   Posted 7/31/2008 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I am in a bad flare-up despite just having two injections of Humira a week ago. My doctor is doing a stool study just to rule out a possible parasite. We are going to start Tetracyline (antibiotic) just in case. I am not thrilled about this, but I actually have used it in lieu of Flagyl in the past and it helped calm things down.
He also gave me samples of VSL #3. Has anyone had any experience with using this probiotic? I read online about it and it recommended not taking it in conjunction with an antibiotic. Hmmm, makes sense. I also wasn't sure if it would be good to start something new in the middle of a flare-up. I am lactose intolerant, so I hope the traces of dairy are minimal??
Thank you!

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   Posted 7/31/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   

I have been on VSL#3 for a year now.  First I made the mistake of trying the sachets.  For me the added corn starch just worsened my condition.  I didn't figure it out until 6 months later though.  I switched to the VSL capsules and take 2 a day and really help with diarrhea.  If you do take them with an antibiotic I would space the timing of the antibiotic away from the probiotic in order to optimize the probiotic.  Good luck with VSL#3!!



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   Posted 7/31/2008 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Christine...

Thank you for your feedback. My doctor gave me the sachets. I will defintely not take them and order the capsules.

Thanks again!

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   Posted 7/31/2008 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
i've been using probiotics for about 2 years now, using vsl#3 for the last 2. i dont know if the probiotics are helping me at all, but it makes sense to take them, especially us with digestive problems.

the reason why you dont take it with an antibiotic is that the antibiotic is non-discriminatory and will kill the good bacteria you are seeding your guts with via the vsl#3. so one of school of thought is to not take probiotics during this time. the other is to ratchet up the probiotic dose. your call. talk to your doc.

imho, the best way to take probiotics, if just starting out, is to detox your body. this means going for a few weeks (at least 2, 4 is better) with NO grains or processes/refined foods or sugars. even limit your fruit. this will starve off the bad bacteria as you reseed with the good beasties. it will suck. you will get tired. your blood sugar will crash as it readjusts to "proper" levels. and you'll probably feel like there is nothing to eat. oh but there is. you just have to change your diet is all. i highly recommend giving this a try. it takes will power and determination, but it is only 1 month. think about that in the grand scheme of things - how long your life is and how long you've had this disease and been taking meds. really 1 month (or even 2 weeks) is nothing. so suck it up and i think your body will thank you for it. mine did.

best of luck with things!
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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   Posted 7/31/2008 11:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I was put on a strong antibiotic last October for a sinus infection. Well after ONE dose I got really ill. D, pain, and blood. I called my GI and they put me on probiotic. Cleared up the "flare up" I was having because of the antibiotics. So it's something to talk to him further about, but mine said I need to take one every time I'm on an antibiotic. I think he had me taking it at different times of the day though.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Prednisone: tapering down again at: 6mg now, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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   Posted 8/1/2008 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   

I've been taking Garden of Life Primal Defense probiotics for quite a while now and it helped reduce some of my daily diarrhea, pain, and bloating when nothing else would.

Probiotics are a must for all crohnies.

I also started taking Digestive Enzymes a couple of days ago and I think they are helping. It's a little early to tell.



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