Probiotics are preparations containing some of the "good" bacteria that are found in the normal colon and are necessary to maintain colon health. In IBD these can become depleted and worsen the symptoms. They are over-the-counter and can be purchased in health food stores, most pharmacies or over the internet. VSL#3 is one that has been tested and scientifically shown to help UC. It is quite expensive and I believe has to be ordered from the internet. Culturelle and Primadophilus Reuteri are two that are popular among our members.
There's more and more evidence of the benefit of probiotics in promoting colon health, however a lot of GI's still don't recommend them. Fortunately they're OTC, so we just take them on our own. I don't recall anyone ever saying that their doc said probiotics would hurt them, only that they weren't needed.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
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