Question - Probiotic Reaction

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   Posted 3/1/2006 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I bought some Dannon Activia yogurt and started it yesterday.  I don't normally take probiotics (I know, I should) as I've been nervous about making things worse. I have IBS-C, so this really worries me.
Ok, about 6 hours after I ate the yogurt (which was good), I started having stomach cramps - not necessarily gas, but something.  By the time I got home at 6:00, I was running to the bathroom.  Nothing happened, but the cramping was horrible.  It eventually went away, but I'm rather bloated today.
Is this a normal reaction to any probiotic especially when you've never taken one?  Could this be a bit too much for my system?
I did, without thinking, eat another one this morning...
What do you think? I'm too new at this (probiotics) to make any rational decision!
Thanks, Sherree

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   Posted 3/1/2006 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Acidophillus pills give me mild gas cramps. I've never noticed gas cramps with yogurt before (less cultures than pills generally), but I think that new Dannon yogurt is supposed to have extra cultures? You may want to try a different brand to see if you can get less cultures or a different combination of cultures (acidophillus seems to bother me more than other cultures). Probioitics seem to give gas and/or cramps to most everyone when they start, so the trick is to start with a small amount and work your way up. Most people here say your body will adjust to the dosage in a week or two.
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