VSL #3 -How does it work? Have you had any experience using it?

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 10/3/2007 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
My new GI has suggested I try VSL #3 as a maintenance program for my Crohns. What is this stuff and has anyone had any experience (positive or negative) using this?
Skram ... male -mid 40's
             diagnosed in '83 with CD;
             married since '89;
             three children -oldest diagnosed with CD in '05 at age 12.
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead ...
     Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow ...
          Just walk beside me and be my friend.

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 10/3/2007 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
My GI Doc suggested it too. I'm currently taking a packet a day. It's a mixture of several (8 or so?) kinds of beneficial bacteria. Your gut is colonized with good bacteria and bad bacteria. Some schools of thought suggest that one of the causal factors of Crohn's disease is an imbalance of the bad to the good. VSL#3 will supposedly hyper-colonize you with good bacteria. They say it takes about a month. For me it goes firmly under the "can't hurt" category, so I'll try it.

Crazy expensive though. 30 packets (a one month supply) is like $80 at my Walgreen's. The actual stuff is about a tablespoon of powder that you mix with cold water. Tastes like faintly sweet sawdust (that's probably the maltodextrin they add). You have to keep it refrigerated. Hardly anyone stocks it down here in Jupiter. I'll give a month or so, then scrap it if it's not doing anything for me.

Mary T
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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 10/3/2007 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
my gi ran a study using it, he thought it showed promise but had become outrageously expensive because of it. hope it works for you.

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 10/3/2007 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
i've heard good things about it from other cd'ers. i switch between primal defense ultra and th1-s. i dont know if they do anything for me, but the theory sounds good and there is some anecdotal evidence that this is good for us. i'm considering give vsl 3 a try one of these days.
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
been on basically every med available, currently on colozal & 6-mp
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

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