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vb4girl
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   Posted 12/9/2008 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi! My GI doc recommended me to start taking Probiotics. Where would be a good place to start? Thanks in advance for any advice.
Diagnosed w/ Ulcerative Colitis in 1999

Major Flare 6/2006- in hospital for a week where I received ALOT of IV prednisone and 1st Remicade Infusion. Continued on bed rest for an additional week.

Current Meds-
Off Prednisone since Oct 2006.
6mp- 100 mg at night- SUCCESSFULLY TAPERED OFF IN SEPTEMBER 2008!
Remicade Infusions every 8 or 9 weeks-last infusion 10/2008, next one is next monday.

Considering Probiotics.


pb4
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   Posted 12/9/2008 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I do well with Primadophilus Rueteri made by natures way (should be in your local health food store) it's affordable and I find it effective.

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


vb4girl
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   Posted 12/9/2008 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks pb4! I'm going to look that one up online. I just found the name of the one he mentioned : Probiotic Advantage. Anyone heard of that one?
Diagnosed w/ Ulcerative Colitis in 1999

Major Flare 6/2006- in hospital for a week where I received ALOT of IV prednisone and 1st Remicade Infusion. Continued on bed rest for an additional week.

Current Meds-
Off Prednisone since Oct 2006.
6mp- 100 mg at night- SUCCESSFULLY TAPERED OFF IN SEPTEMBER 2008!
Remicade Infusions every 8 or 9 weeks-last infusion 10/2008, next one is next monday.

Considering Probiotics.


vb4girl
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 90
   Posted 12/9/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I justed looked up the Primadophilus Rueteri. Anyone know of any good, non-expensive ones that don't have to be refrigerated? Thanks!
Diagnosed w/ Ulcerative Colitis in 1999

Major Flare 6/2006- in hospital for a week where I received ALOT of IV prednisone and 1st Remicade Infusion. Continued on bed rest for an additional week.

Current Meds-
Off Prednisone since Oct 2006.
6mp- 100 mg at night- SUCCESSFULLY TAPERED OFF IN SEPTEMBER 2008!
Remicade Infusions every 8 or 9 weeks-last infusion 10/2008, next one is next monday.

Considering Probiotics.


beartooth
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   Posted 12/9/2008 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I took Florastor, which is kind of expensive, but doesn't require refrigeration. Typically a bottle of 50 or 60 caps would run around $40 to $45, but I was able to order it in three bottle pack on eBay for under $95, shipping and handling included in cost. Florastor was recommended to me to help me heal after a long bout with a c diff infection, but it still continued to help me a couple of years after the infection. I was taking 3 caps a day, so the three pack lasted a couple of months...if you only take two, it lasts even longer. I've switched over to VSL#3, which is REALLY expensive and requires storing in the fridge, but it is well worth the cost and inconvenience, IMO.

Most of the cheaper probiotics I've tried didn't help me out enough to justify the savings so I moved back into the high-end probios that were proven to help me through my own personal usage. If you have a GI doc, you could ask if they have samples of any probios...free is a really good price doncha know.

Just because the cheaper probios didn't help me doesn't mean they won't help you though. Keep trying different kinds until you find the one that helps you the most. If something less expensive does the trick, most excellent, you just saved a couple hundred dollars by switching insurance to Geico...sorry, I lost my train of thought there for a second.
Brandon
 
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ UC in May '06
Meds & supplements: Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort, Prednisone (2.5mg/day, back up to 7.5mg), flaxseed oil, L-glutamine, magnesium, and vit B-12.


pb4
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   Posted 12/9/2008 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Personally I find the refridgerated ones better, I used to take a non-refrigerated one from puritans pride and it wasn't near as effective.  Also, the Primadophiluse does not contain a bunch of un-necessary junk and fillers like many that do and only one/day is needed, many of them require you to take up to 4/day which gets expensive when a bottle of 30 cost 30 or more  $$ and if you look at Digestive Advantage (which I refer to as Digestive DISadvantage) it has sugars and lots of junky fillers in it...of course the choice is yours.

Good luck, there are many to choose from.

:)


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

Post Edited (pb4) : 12/9/2008 4:18:25 PM (GMT-7)


pb4
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   Posted 12/9/2008 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's what's in digestive advantage...

Capsules Ingredients: Microcrystalline Cellulose, GanedenBC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086), Lysine, Vegetarian Capsule Shell (hypromellose, water, titanium dioxide (color), caramel (color), propylene glycol), Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide.

Allergy warning: This product may contain trace amounts of casein (milk protein).
 
 
Here's what's in primadophilus rueteri...
 
Each 1 capsule contains 59mg Proprietary Blend of Bacterial cultures - Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus Reuteri & Lactobacillus acidophilus (5 billion CFU). Other ingredients: Potato starch, plant-derived capsule, aqueous enteric coating (capsule), magnesium stearate, ascorbic acid.
 
The primdadophilus also aids with lactose intolerance, high cholesterol and for women, vaginal health.
 
:)


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

Post Edited (pb4) : 12/9/2008 4:25:39 PM (GMT-7)


vb4girl
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   Posted 12/9/2008 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone! I'm not sure why my GI doc told me to get non-refrigerated capsules that are coated.....

Beartooth- did you get a C diff infection from taking an antibiotic???? And how quickly did the Florastor work?

Also as a general question, how quickly are probiotics supposed to start working or how long is it until you notice a difference? Right now, I am experiencing some GI effects from an antibiotic, Augmentin, that I'm taking for a sinus/upper respiratory infection..............
Diagnosed w/ Ulcerative Colitis in 1999

Major Flare 6/2006- in hospital for a week where I received ALOT of IV prednisone and 1st Remicade Infusion. Continued on bed rest for an additional week.

Current Meds-
Off Prednisone since Oct 2006.
6mp- 100 mg at night- SUCCESSFULLY TAPERED OFF IN SEPTEMBER 2008!
Remicade Infusions every 8 or 9 weeks-last infusion 10/2008, next one is next monday.

Considering Probiotics.


bookworm21
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   Posted 12/9/2008 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Probiotics have never made much of a difference for me (I've tried a few, as you can see in my signature), but I keep taking them b/c they won't hurt. Different things work for different people.
Culturelle is $20-25 for 30 capsules and does not require refrigeration.
Female, Age 20
9 Asacol, Rowasa, 1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis)1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (5 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, 1 Forvia, 6 Colazal/day, 1 Anucort, Culturelle, Fish Oil, Calcium/Vit D supplement
 


pb4
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   Posted 12/9/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
If you're on antibiotics then you should get on probiotics asap, antibiotics kill of virtually everything leaving your system that much more vulnerable, always take your probiotics at least 2 hours after you're finished taking your antibiotics for the day or the antis will just kill off the pros. Even if in remission you should continue taking probiotics (indefinitely).

I'm not sure why your GI would make those specifications either...maybe it's because he doesn't have an IBD so he doesn't realize that different things work for different people.

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


SunnyFlorida
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   Posted 12/9/2008 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I use Digestive Advantage Crohn's and Colitis Therapy (purple box), and I totally believe it is helping me to stay in remission.  I really like it because it does not have to be refrigerated, and they are individually wrapped, so I can take pills with me when I am "on the go".  You can find it at Walgreen's and CVS in the "digestive" section, and if you watch the sales ads, you can save a lot when it goes on sale.  Probiotics act differently for different people, but at least I can say I believe it is helping me.  If your doctor is recommending it, I would give it a try for a couple of weeks and see if it helps you.

~~~~~Teresa~~~~~
 
Diagnosed with UC in 1997
Asacol 400 2 x 3 daily
Half dose Mesalamine liquid 60 ml once daily
Digestive Advantage Probiotic (purple box)
Forvia multi vitamin


crazytrain411
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   Posted 12/9/2008 11:14 PM (GMT -6)   
vb4girl the only thing that makes a difference between probiotics are the bacterial strains (listed ont the back) and the amount.

It is important to have a range of the lactobacillus, bifidobacterium strains. I have also heard that streptococcus thermophilus and lactobacillus plantarum are good in relation to IBD and lactobacillus acidophilus is a must since it controls amounts of other bacteria. As for the amount you have to discover how much is needed and how often to make an effect for you (probably 10 billion minimum).

Also it is important not to expect immediate results or stop taking it if you dont notice an improvement right away. It can take a month or more of continuous use to build up the bacteria.
Waiting to see if I'm cured - no symptoms since probiotics started

Probiotics 16 strains (vsl#3 + Natural Factors ultimate multi probiotic + Trophic Acidophilus Plus) - 475 billion per day. Pre-biotics 1x a day. No sugar.
L-glutamine, elm powder, vit b & folic acid, 5 g vitamin C, vit D, vit E, Calcium+Magnesium


pb4
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   Posted 12/10/2008 12:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't know if I'd say it's the only difference, I think that with our systems being so sensitive to additives and junk that those can make a difference too if the probiotic you're taking is full of them.

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


crazytrain411
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   Posted 12/10/2008 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
youre definitely right pb4, I know Id rather get non-dairy for example.
Waiting to see if I'm cured - no symptoms since probiotics started

Probiotics 16 strains (vsl#3 + Natural Factors ultimate multi probiotic + Trophic Acidophilus Plus) - 475 billion per day. Pre-biotics 1x a day. No sugar.
L-glutamine, elm powder, vit b & folic acid, 5 g vitamin C, vit D, vit E, Calcium+Magnesium


pb4
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   Posted 12/10/2008 1:24 AM (GMT -6)   
That's what I like about the Primdophilus, it actually aids with lactose issues and I've read the ingredients for the digestive DISadvantage that says it aids with lactose issues yet it contains milk eyes , makes a lot of sense eh????

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


princesa
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   Posted 12/10/2008 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
A good place to start would be learning more about what probiotics are and how they can help restore normal, healthy digestion before you jump in and make a purchase. These links might help:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2004/09/29/probiotics-benefits.aspx

http://www.brighamandwomens.org/healtheweightforwomen/special_topics/intelihealth0807.aspx?subid=submenu10

http://www.womentowomen.com/digestionandgihealth/probiotics.aspx


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. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 

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