Anyone take VSL#3?

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   Posted 6/18/2010 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone currently take this probiotic? Or have you tried it before? Did you prefer the capsules or the mix? I know you can get it OTC at certain pharmacies but it is very expensive. Has anyone been able to get their doctor to write a prescription for the DS version and their insurance pay for it?

I am curious, looking for a little help while I taper the prednisone. My friend who is a pharmacist gets lots of requests for it at her pharmacy. For different problems, but people rave about it even after the cost! She thought it might help me. I did see on their website where they did a clinical trial for UC and it was successful.

Thank you for any input.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 1998, father has UC we were diagnosed at the same age.

Currently on Prednisone, Sulfasalzine, Probiotic, Flax Oil, Calcium, Magnesium, D3. Just stopped Humira in May after 9 months.

No surgeries so far.

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   Posted 6/18/2010 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
i tried the pills but found they were too hard on my gut. had to stop. now i take the probiotic from dr. mercola - not sure what the website is but i tolerate it much better. also started taking tumeric capules for what it's worth- supposed to be a powerful anti-inflammatory
36 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 30 mg prednisone.  still taking Asacol.  Just had 3rd Remicade infusion 3 weeks ago
In the middle of a bad flare now for over a year...lost almost 30 lbs. -- gained most of it back now.

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   Posted 6/19/2010 4:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I started taking the sachets I got them from my Gp on prescription. Bev x
Diagnosed with crohns at 13 now 43
Still battling with Doc's to get me on maintenance Meds only taking
Lomotil, 20mg citalopram,VSL#3 at the moment.

“I may not be where I need to be but,
I thank God I’m not where I use to be “

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   Posted 6/19/2010 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
We use the capsules, but alternate them with other brands. I haven't checked lately, but the sachets used to have a filler which could cause problems for some people with IBD. The capsules do not have this filler. Unfortunately, all good probiotics are pricey. Honestly, given the extremely high probiotic count in VSL#3 and the number of beneficial strains, I don't think it's out of line, price-wise.
Mom to 18 year old son diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium, vit. D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Incorporate Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) recipes, too. Med-free.

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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 6/19/2010 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
your not going to get better than VSL #3. I took it for awile and had worsening Diarrhea for a week on 2 caps per day but than i noticed steak was so much easier to digest even when i chewed it more.

easier to chew easier to digest. disgestion starts in the mouth and VSL helps the rest.. going to get more from the office.
Male, 22. Diagnosed with Crohn's officially since 2001.. Osteoporosis, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Chronic Anemia.

Medications Used: Remicade, Humira, Cimzia, 6-mp, Pentasa, Flagyl, Prednisone, Zifaxan, Entocort,
TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition), The whole nine.

Currently:, Entocort EC, Vitamin D, Fentanyl 12mcg / 72hrs, TPN, Cardizem
Currently On SSDI

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 6/19/2010 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't tried it yet, but I may if my current probiotic seems to wear off. I am currently taking fortify by natures way. Before that I took reuteri by natures way.
Feeling the best I have in several years! And it keeps getting better!

4mg LDN at bedtime, 500mg Pentasa 4x/day, 500mg Vitamin C, 1,000 I/U Vitamin D3, 1 Florastor 2x/day, 1 Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri at bed time.
Medication prior to taking LDN: 100 mg Imuran a day (GI wanted 150 mg), 1,000 mg of Pentasa 4x/day, 3 mg of Entocort 3x/day, Librax as needed.

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   Posted 6/19/2010 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
You can get a script from you doc for VSL #3. It really lowers the cost.
d 1/09 with colitis sigmoid colon with some diverticular disease as well
IBS, asthma/allergies, high BP, fibromyalgia, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
claritin, singulair, diovan, progesterone, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D, colazal, plaquenil back on cymbalta for pain, nexium for reflux, wellbutrin
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel ASCA
Positive ANA
Collitis doing OK for now, it's fatigue and joint pain that are plagueing me right now!!!

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