Best Probiotic?

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   Posted 5/12/2008 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been taking Digestive Advantage for Crohn's & Colitis for almost a month now and it's not really helping. So, I think after I finish this box, I'm going to switch to an actual probiotic.
For those of you who have tried multiple probiotics, which one has worked best for you? And I know VSL #3 is quite expensive--has it been worth it for those of you who tried it? Or should I just stick to something like Culturelle that's cheaper?
Female, Age 19, Dx w/ UC August 2007
Seasonal allergies
9 Asacol/day, 1000 mg Canasa (caused side effects), Proctofoam
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis), 2 pills/day
Calcium chews

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   Posted 5/12/2008 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi there!  I use Bio-k plus, and have had great results from it.  It comes in capsules and  an eatible form in individual bottles.  I use the eatible one and have had great results from it.  It has a least 50billion live bacteria per 98g serving which is higher than most out there. I live in Canada so I'm not sure if its available everywhere. You can google it for more info.

Now I have never tried VSL#3 and would love to if my drug plan would ever cover the cost of it but for now they won't so I will stay with the one that works for me.  I believe that what ever probiotic you choose it has to have billions of live cultures in order for it to be effective and  I'm not sure of the potency of the probiotics that are kept on store shelfs without refridgeration.

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 1995
Salofalk Tablets , salofalk suppositories or cortifoam nightly
Bio-K Probiotic daily
metamucil nightly

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   Posted 5/12/2008 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I use Flora-Q.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 5/12/2008 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Give primadophilus reuteri made by natures way a's very affective, very affordable since only one/day is needed (many require you to take 4 or more/day and that gets pricy) and it's got guaranteed intestinal release, aids with high cholesterol, lactose intolerance and vaginal health for women.

I've tried others but I'm sticking with the primadophilus.

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   Posted 5/12/2008 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ComedyDork!

I'm currently using something called HMF Forte after it was recommended to me by my local naturopathic doctor. They are pricey little buggers but I find them to be effective. Here is a link.

Before this, I used to use a brand called Udo's Choice. I didn't switch brands for any particular reason, I just decided to try something different.

I'm not sure a "best probiotic" really exists. I'm a firm believer that it doesn't particularly matter which brand you use, as long as one is taking some type of live bacteria or probiotic, it's beneficial for the bowel.
24, Female
Dx: Pan-colitis, December 2000
Current Meds: 75 mg 6MP daily (since September 2001)
Previous Meds: Asacol, Prednisone (for moderate to severe flares)
Supplements: Omega 3 capsules, Flaxseed oil, Multivitamin, Probiotic (HMF Forte)

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   Posted 5/12/2008 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I use Natural Factors Protec (for years) at night before 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!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 5/12/2008 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I use Custom Probiotic's six strain powdered blend (I give it most of the credit for stopping my annual flare trend) and lately have added Natren's Healthy Trinity. Both are expensive, but in my experience, the cheaper ones did nothing.
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 5/12/2008 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I also use Primadophilus Reuteri by Natures Way. I tried VSL#3 first, because it has all the research write-ups, but in made me gassy and gave me even looser stools.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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   Posted 5/13/2008 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had good luck with Pro-Bio.
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  Flaring :(
30mg pred, Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 100mg, Aciphex, Forvia, and Pro-Bio
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 43
   Posted 5/13/2008 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I use Healthy Trinity. It's pricey but I am pleased. I take it daily and will drag myself out of bed to take it if I forget. Does anyone alternate brands? Would this be beneficial?
dx:2003 Pancolitis
current meds:
Colazol 1500 TID, Imuran 100mg, Healthy Trinity Probiotic, Grape Seed Ext. Biotin, Vit. E., Selenium, Flax Oil, Calcium, Zinc and Emergen-C

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   Posted 5/13/2008 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll go with judilyn and pb4's Primadophilus Reuteri too. It's my staple probiotic, although I do add alot of others in. Good lord have I tried alot of them!
Proctitis DX 1998
Lialda 1x day
Hydrocort Enema As Needed

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   Posted 5/13/2008 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the answers! I have a feeling that I'll most likely end up w/ whichever one is the cheapest...
Female, Age 19, Dx w/ UC August 2007
Seasonal allergies
9 Asacol/day, 1000 mg Canasa (caused side effects), Proctofoam
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis), 2 pills/day
Calcium chews

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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 46
   Posted 6/13/2008 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I started taking Fiber Smart probiotics and it really helped me for 4 months then I switched to a more potent one called Healthy Trinity by Natren.  Then I got a flare 1 month later so not sure what happened but I was doing GREAT for 5-6 months!

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   Posted 6/13/2008 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I like Natren Probiotics.
I'm 25 years old and a student.  :)
Pan-colitis DX in 98
Prednisone 8mg (tapering). Colazal, Entocort. 
Carlson Fish oil, Glutamine, Whey Protein Isolate,  Multivitamin-mineral, Borage Oil, Digestive Enzymes, Natren probiotics 
No sugar, grains, dairy.  Whole foods only. Water only.

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