Acidophilus---any good?

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   Posted 5/8/2008 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to the drugstore to get some more Florastor which I've been taking for about a year.
(My GI actually recommended I try it)  I take a probiotic yoghurt as well.
It's hard to tell if they are working or not but I don't think they're doing any harm.
My only issue is the price of the Florastor which is about $40 for 50 caps.  I stumbled on the enteric-coated Acidophilus ($9 for 90 caps) and have decided to try them instead.
The brand I got contains 'bifidus' and 'FOS' and claims to have '4 billion active cells'.
Anyone else tried this?

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   Posted 5/8/2008 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I take cvs brand Acidophilus, they're cheap. I forget how much I paid, but I believe it was less than $10 for a bottle of 100. It says that it contains over 100 million active lactobacillus Acidophilus. I'm now on my second bottle. Don't know if it's doing anything or not. I have been in remission since January. Can't hurt I guess. It needs to be refrigerated once it is opened.
diagnosed with uc 27 years ago.  Enojoyed 20 year remission with just minor blips here and there (approximately 16 of those years without any meds)
In a flare for 2 very long years which Asacol didn't help at all.  Finally in remission again since Jan 2008, can't believe it..............
currently on Sulfasalazine 2 tabs 3x day. Folic acid, mesalamine enema 2 x a week. Omega 3, Probiotics, multi vitamin, cacium supplement, Biotin....

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   Posted 5/8/2008 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
If you've been taking a probiotic for a year and can't tell if it's helping, it's not. There are alot of brands out there with ineffective strains. I've also read reports about FOS being a bad idea - particularly if you have an imbalance of gut flora - and most folks with IBD do.

I tried a ton of different brands before I landed on two that work: Custom Probiotics six strain blend and Natren's Healthy Trinity. Natren is considered the gold standard of probiotics.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.

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   Posted 5/9/2008 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I would advise caution with the FOS as well. I tried a probiotic from GNC with FOS and had all sorts of gas from it. I tried the entire bottle because I thought it might be one that just takes some getting used to... Nope.

One thing to consider with probiotics is all of the different strains. Acidophilus is just one of them. Some people suggest switching probiotics on occasion to get different ones into your system.

Just some things to consider :)
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   Posted 5/9/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the heads up on FOS.  I suppose I'll have to proceed with caution now that I've started.  Maybe a gradual introduction to my gut will be the way to go.

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   Posted 5/9/2008 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I also get mine from CVS. I have been using them for about 6months, and while I was already in remission, I have noticed by bm are better.

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Generic Colazal, 2 2xday
Acidophilus Probotic 3 times/day

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