GI Prescribed VSL #3 today. Has it helped people?

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   Posted 8/5/2008 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I saw my GI today. I was diagnosed 2 years ago with UC and was in remision until last month. I have been flaring for a month and it seemed to get worse after a appendectomy 3 weeks ago. The good news my GI is taking me off the Prednisone his back up GI put me on in July. I am glad since I have not slept more than 3 hours a night since I started. It will take a few weeks to taper from 40 though 5mg a week. I mentioned to him that I had poor digestion recently and that I was trying to eat heathy to try to prevent it.

He wrote me a prescription for VSL #3 today. I hear many of you discuss it and that it is kind of expensive. I think I just have a 10 dollar co-pay so I am hoping that this can help my digestion. Have any of you had success with it? I was flushed with Antibiotics during my surgery 3 weeks ago so I am sure any good bacteria in my stomach was killed so I read this would be a good time to take it.

I was also prescribed a mesalamine enima since my colitus is in the lowest area of my colon. I am hoping this will make going to the bathroom less painfull. Has this worked for people as well. If there is no improvement it looks like another colonsocpy in 4 to 6 weeks.
Prednisone 40mg a day
Asacol 400mg 4 pills 3 times a day

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   Posted 8/7/2008 6:48 AM (GMT -6)   
vsl3 is not prescription so i dont think a co-pay would work. but i could be mistaken.
i had to pay full price for it last year.
didnt work at all for me.

but i have read that it has worked for a lot of people
good luck with it. at least try it cuz you never know, it might help you out!

and seems lots of people have had a good response to the enemas as well, so it sounds like you're on the right path
steph - 32 - female - UC since 2000
currently flaring again..  grrr! (triggered by stress - grrr)
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
enteric coated fish oil -omega 3 (so they get all the way to my colon)
vitamin D3 x1 a day
prednisolone 25mg x1 a day (ick ick and did i say ick?)
tumeric capsules x3 a day

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   Posted 8/7/2008 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
YOu have to get the prescription for VSL#3DS for it to be covered by insurance. My GI prescribed it for me, but still waiting on our pharmacy to get it in. As for the enemas, they really do help me a lot. A lot less bleeding and only 2 bms in the morning when I take it. Hope it works for you too.
diagnosed with left-sided UC in 1997. (45cm)
Currently on 10mg Prednisone
12 caps of colazal    9 caps Colazal
2 rowasa enemas nightly
35, female

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 8/7/2008 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I did get the VSL#3DS. My copay was 40 dollars, they gave me a whole bunch of boxes I guess enough for four packets a day. It looks like I would have paid $600 out of pocket if I did not have insurance. Seems expensive if you have to buy outright.
Prednisone 35 mg a day
Asacol 400mg 4 pills 3 times a day
Mesalamine enima
VSL #3 probiotic

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