Taking Probiotics - Always???

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smitharoo
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   Posted 5/12/2008 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wondering if those of you that take probiotics take them all the time or just when you're flaring?  I have been taking Reuteri for several months while I was flaring.  But now that I'm doing well...should I continue to taking the probiotic or rely on diet.  I eat a healthy diet with lots of fiber, whole grains, fruits, veggies, etc.  I eat yogurt every day without problems.  Some probiotic labels talk about taking it "when necessary"...I just don't to be taking something everyday that isn't necessary.
 
Thanks for your help.
Ulcerative Pancolitis diagnosed in 2000
Colazal (6-9 daily)
Off and On Prednisone
Rowasa When Needed
Most Recent Flare: May, 2007
Probiotics - Reuteri
 
 


Roopkirani
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   Posted 5/12/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there!

I take my probiotic capsules every day, even when I'm in remission and feeling well. When my bowels start acting up I actually increase the dose.
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)


puffed rice
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   Posted 5/12/2008 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I take my probiotics always and also double up while I'm flaring.  I'm still in remission and its been 1year and half  and thats a very long time for me.

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


quincy
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   Posted 5/12/2008 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I take mine daily.
*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
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~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 !!!


jujub
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   Posted 5/12/2008 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I take mine every day. I find I can eat most anything I want as long as I keep taking them without mushy stools or getting gassy.
Judy
 
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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suebear
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   Posted 5/12/2008 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking probiotics since I was 13 years old and I am now in my 40s. I started long before I had UC, through the UC years, and now with my j-pouch. I include it with my daily vitamin and calcium.

Sue
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


tjf
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   Posted 5/12/2008 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Daily!
Tabitha (Tab)

100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-9 a day, Acidopholis Pearls, Nexium

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pb4
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   Posted 5/12/2008 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
All the time...it's key!

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


princesa
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   Posted 5/12/2008 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
One more vote for always using probiotic supplementation.
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.
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 5/12/2008 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
It only makes sense...afterall IBDers are prone to bacterial over-growth which tends to exacerbate IBD symptoms so discontinuing probiotics will just bring back the gut flora imbalance.

:)
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love4cats
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   Posted 5/13/2008 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I take mine daily.
 
 
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence. 
Started Meds:  Apr 9 08 500mg 5ASA (salofalk) to ease flare, tapering, stopped. 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 Added: tumeric and probiotics.
 
 


sore_guts
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   Posted 5/13/2008 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
daily, daily, daily.  I recently missed a day for the first time in over a year and paid for it dearly the next morning.  I wont let that happen again.  I've said on it on other threads and I'll repeat here - I am more afraid of missing a dose of my probiotic than missing a dose or even several doses of the lialda.

 
sore_guts
 
36 year old female with left-sided UC
400 mg Asacol 4 pills 3 times/day lialda 1 pill 3 times/day
making some very light attempts using Rowasa enemas just cant seem to do these
iron supplements 3 times 1/day
multi-vitamin 1/day
Digestive Advantage Colitis formula 1/day
 
 


dakotagirl
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   Posted 5/13/2008 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Another vote for daily!
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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smitharoo
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Total Posts : 25
   Posted 5/15/2008 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks everyone - I always appreciate your input.  My other question would be "when" you take your probiotic...morning, night, on an empty stomach or with food????  I've been taking mine first thing in the morning about an hour before eating breakfast. 

Thanks again for all your helpful tips.

 


Ulcerative Pancolitis diagnosed in 2000
Colazal (6-9 daily)
Off and On Prednisone
Rowasa When Needed
Most Recent Flare: May, 2007
Probiotics - Reuteri
 
 


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 31006
   Posted 5/15/2008 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
At night before bedtime...3 or 4

q
*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
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~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 !!!


dakotagirl
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   Posted 5/15/2008 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Right now I'm taking it twice a day. Once around lunch time and once before bed.
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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cpaarchie
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Total Posts : 102
   Posted 5/18/2008 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Very interesting stuff.  I've been taking a probiotic since I was diagnosed in November 2007, although I have to admit, I didn't think it was that important.  I have been pretty lax and not taking them as religiously as all of you.  Looks like I'll have to start right away.

To be honest, I've been taking the cheapest generic probiotic from the local CVS - does it really matter what type of probiotic you take?


pb4
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   Posted 5/18/2008 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it matters, you need a good one with a minimum of 5 billion cultures, check out primadophilus reuteri made by natures way...google it along with some others.

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

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