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   Posted 10/4/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I just started taking VSL#3 today. I took one packet.  How long before do I start to see if its working or not?
I was taking Culturlle for about 6 months. That has 10Billion bacteria per pill and I was taking 3 a day.
Colazal - 9 pills
Rowassa Enema - 1 nightly
Culturelle- 1 daily
Multi Vitiam - 1 daily
Vitiam C - 500mg daily
Nexium - 1 pill daily
Asacol - 9 pills
Lialda - 4 pills daily

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 10/5/2008 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Its hard to tell how long it will take to see effects, if any are seen at all. Everyone's gut flora is different. Sometimes hi numbers of organisms are not necessarily better sometimes they are. VSL is better than culturelle b/c it contains a mix of probiotics instead of just L. Acidophilus GG. Probiotics are a great addition to UC patients but they are not a magic bullet and only have a natural way of reconfiguring intestinal flora. Sometimes numbers count and sometimes specific bacteria count, its largely based on the individual.

It also depends on many factors like: how much fiber and FOS containing foods you consume, your current pH in your gut, the amount of overgrowth, the type of overgrowth, overall diet, severity of condition, etc. How many organisms actually survive implantation only nature can divulge. Remember, we are taking something grown in a lab and throwing them in the deep end of the pool to see if they can swim, a tough adventure for any organism.
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