Digestive Enzymes

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 2/11/2008 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm wondering if those of you that take digestive enzymes (in particular Zymactive) are having good success with them?  I just started taking Zymactive and can't believe how quickly it started helping me.  (Thanks Quincy for the suggestion!!!) I keep hoping that it will continue to be a positive - it's brought the bloating and gassy problems that I was having under control.  So far, I haven't noticed any ill effects.  I'm currently taking it 3 times per day (about 20 minutes before eating). 
Anyone else using it?  What are your thoughts and how often do you use it?  Should I plan on using it all the time or only when having "issues"?  Are there other brands that anyone has had good results with?
Thanks for any help or thoughts you can offer.
Ulcerative Pancolitis diagnosed in 2000
Colazal (6-9 daily)
Off and On Prednisone
Rowasa When Needed
Most Recent Flare: May, 2007
Probiotics - Reuteri

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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 2/11/2008 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been using "Digest Gold" by Enzymatic Therapy with alot of success! I try to pop a few of them before every meal and I feel like my digestion is greatly improved. I use them all the time, even when I'm not in a flare, and I"m sure they keep my digestive system from getting too stressed out at any point.
Diagnosed Ulcerative Pancolitis

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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 2/11/2008 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Alot of IBDers swear by them...I use natural digestive enzymes as I can tolerate them with no problems...I eat kiwis or papya, pineapple, after each meal with no problems, they naturall help break down your food for easier digestion (less work for the intestines).

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 2/11/2008 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
plus all enzymes breakdown different foods....fats, proteins, carbs, milk...etc.

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 2/11/2008 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I just started taking them on Friday and my gas and bloating are gone. I am taking Multizyme and Zymex with every meal.
Diagnosed with UC in Jan 2006
Currently taking spanish black radish, congaplex, zymex, multizyme,l-glutamine, calsol, protefood, and homeopathic "intestinal distress" drops.

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