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Date Joined Nov 2005
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   Posted 11/12/2005 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Taking strong antibiotics has resulted a badly disturbed digestive system .  I am taking lactobacillus and am better and just wonder if there is any harm in taking a tablet or so with all meals .  I have read that some take it for months ??  Can one have too much
" good bacteria " ?
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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 11/12/2005 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Flyr, I take six tablets of acidophilus every day.  After reading the labels closely it appears I'm getting at least 15 billion bacteria per day with that regimen.  I think you're fine with the amount you're getting!  Read the label to see how many viable bacteria are in that brand.  Are you taking the kind that needs to be refrigerated?  That tends to extend the life of the bacteria...

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   Posted 11/12/2005 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Flyr, welcome to HealingWell! :-)
You cannot OD on good bacteria. In fact, I read on the UC (or maybe Crohn's board, can't remember which) that a woman takes about 500 billion a day to keep her disease under control. I have also read that it takes about 3 months of continual use to see results in the digestive system of someone who is battling yeast, c. diff., etc. Most of us on this board take it everyday and don't plan on stopping. My doc said I won't need it forever, but that I can continue or stop as I see fit.
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New Member

Date Joined Nov 2005
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   Posted 11/12/2005 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
HI Sarita and 7Lil ,
Thanks for the nice welcome and the great replies . I am taking probably the most popular brand and is to be refrigerated . I do not see bacteria count on the bottle . I had read somewhere to take only two days , but I could not see a reason for such a suggestion .
Thanks a lot ,

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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 11/12/2005 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   
probiotics bring balance to the gut, you can't "over-do" it...I've come to the conclusion that becomming more aware of foods that help cause bacteria over-growth are a good idea to avoid on top of taking a good probiotic...especially processed sugar and processed foods containing sugar (which they pretty much all do) careful of artificial sweetners too, especially with having IBS, it's a known fact that sugar alcohols especially can bring on symtpoms of D, gas, cramping an bloating, just 1/2 stick of "extra" gum can bring that on for IBS sufferers.

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