(another) probiotics question

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   Posted 3/24/2008 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I've just started taking some probiotic supplements daily. I've noticed a big increase in gas? Is this normal when you being taking probiotics in the beginning? Will you get a lot of gas which will then settle down? Is it like beginning a fibre supplement in that sense?
Also are there different probiotics for different parts of the GI tract and if so what works best for the colon? For what its worth I've begun taking Acidophilius and L. Casei.
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   Posted 3/24/2008 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
yep...normal apparently. I take my probiotics at bedtime.

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th 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 ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
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   Posted 3/24/2008 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine did give me gas at first, but after a month or so it got better, I guess as my system got used to it.

Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
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   Posted 3/24/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it's normal. If it's very uncomfortable, you can start with a lower dose and ramp up. Your body will adjust over time.

Yes, different strains can target different areas. Bifidobacterium bifidum is the one I've heard is often key for the colon. Acidophilous is known to work more on the upper GI. If you take a powdered form, it's more effective higher up, from what I've gathered.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.

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