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   Posted 9/21/2009 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone here recommend ensure? I'm in a bad flare and not able to eat much right now. Should I start with something like that? I'm not getting much nutrition with my current flareup.

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   Posted 9/21/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Personally, I drink Carnation Instant Breakfast when I'm not doing so well. But I've had Ensure before and it seemed to hold me over well, but it's quite a bit more expensive than CIB.
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.

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   Posted 9/21/2009 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I was concerned about dairy. Is there dairy in ensure?
Dxd CD in 2003. Scope Aug/09 shows UC.
Meds: Colazal, prednisone, vancomycyn, prilosec, darvocet
Currently in bad flare-up

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   Posted 9/21/2009 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Most, if not all, Ensure is lactose free. It will say on the front label.

One bit of advice that I have from my experience with Ensure is that you need to drink it slowly. The first one I had I drank rather quickly (< 5 minutes), and I was almost immediately nauseous. If I'm going to drink one now, I usually spread it out over 30-45 minutes. This may not be the case for everyone, but that first time was so unpleasant that I have no desire to repeat it.
29f, PhD student, diagnosed with Crohn's ileocolitis in 2/06.
During the summer of 2006, I completed the Adacolumn Apheresis clinical trial, which helped me enjoy 2+ years of remission and more than one year med-free. During spring and summer of 2009 the symptoms slowly but surely began to return, and now I'm flaring again.
Colonoscopy/endoscopy scheduled for 9/10; barium X-ray scheduled for 9/18
Currently taking: 4g Pentasa, 20mg prednisone, 150mg Trazadone, multivitamin, vitamin D supplement

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   Posted 9/21/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I have used Ensure over the years when I am having lots of trouble. It is a great way to give your intestines a break while also getting nutrition in you. I actually had to live on Ensure alone for 6 months. So, it can work. I never had to drink it slowly, but I can only drink it when it is cold.

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   Posted 9/21/2009 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband when he was in the hospital, and for months later, downed a lot of ensure. It contains a lot of calories, and he did good on it. Now that he's back to his normal weight though, and because we're trying to cut out all the sugars, he has switched to a protein supplement made of whey protein (milk) from GNC which he seems good with.

I think when you're not getting enough calories and enough nutrition from anything else, ensure may be a very good thing indeed.

Husband with Crohn's
Diagnosed March 2003 Ulcerative Proctitis
Diagnosed March 2008 Crohn's & C-diff, hospitalized 45 days
Canasa, Lialda, Remicade, VSL#3, Florastor
In Remission since June 2008
Stopped vancomycin for c-diff Jan 1 2009
C-diff free, until Sep 2, 2009
Fighting c-diff, I guess for life

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   Posted 9/22/2009 1:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Ensure is the best, I dont know how I would do with out it, it is nutritionail and it holds me over for quite awhile, I would recommend it to anyone

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   Posted 9/22/2009 4:49 AM (GMT -7)   
My daughter's doc put her on it when her Crohn's first reared it's ugly head. She was losing weight fast and was anemic. It really seemed to help stop the weight loss and I know I personally felt better knowing that she was gaining nutrition from it. I believe it is lactose free, I remember reading the label. Hope it helps you.
Posts refer to my 9 year old girl
  • Started with 30 mg Prednisone, tapered off over 3 months

Then continued with:

  • Pentasa, 3 blue horse-sized capsules, 3 x daily
  • Forvia multivitamin/mineral for Crohnies
  • Coromega
  • Calcium
  • VSL#3, 2 x day
  • Custom Probiotics: 6-Strain Blend, 1 x day
  • Culturelle, 1 x day

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