Best time to take probiotics

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 199
   Posted 12/27/2008 2:10 AM (GMT -6)   
What is the best time to take probiotics? I normally take 4 VSL#3 in the morning. Should I spread out my doses? Or take them before bed?
Asacol-2400 mg
Aloe vera gel-4 ounces twice daily
4 VSL#3

Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 64
   Posted 12/27/2008 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I believe before bed is best... I take my probiotics before bed because we don't eat anything while sleeping and gives the bacteria room to do its work.
Male, 21. Puerto Rico
DX: Ulcerative Colitis as of 06/05
Remissions: Remission: 01/06 till 10/08
Current Treament: Asacol® 2400 MG 2X daily, Rowasa® (when needed), 1MG Folic Acid, 30 MG Prednisone (tapering from 40MG), Remicade® 10mg/kg every 6 weeks, New Chapter® Only One, New Chapter® All-Flora Probiotics, New Chapter® Bone Strength Take Care, FutureProbiotics® Vegetarian Enzyme Complex 50+
Status: Recent flare, but getting better :) No urgency, no blood, good consistency :)

Veteran Member

Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 510
   Posted 12/27/2008 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I take one at lunch and one at bed. Just to break ALL the pills up so I don't have to take so many at once. But sick-colon's thought makes sense. I may have to check into this. Is there any studies to back this up or is it just a thought that makes sense?
diagnosed in aug 2008
30 mg predisone, 9 balsalazide, rowesa enema, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera
gluten intolerance... attempting to live no/low gluten
update: down to 25 mg pred a day as of 12/25/08

Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 109
   Posted 12/27/2008 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
The VSL#3 people say nothing about when it should be consumed or if to avoid taking it with meals. In fact they say to mix it with a little bit of food like yogurt or apple sauce.
So if they didn't say anything then it probably doesn't make a difference.
Off of 5-ASA (6 years) and 1-day minor flareup since probiotics started.

Probiotics 18 strains (vsl#3 + N.F. Ultimate multi probiotic + Trophic Acidophilus Plus + Nature's Way P. Reuteri + Florastore S. Boulardii) - 500 billion per day. No sugar, Oatmeal in the morning.
L-glutamine, elm powder, vit b & folic acid, 5 g vitamin C, vit D, vit E, Calcium+Magnesium

Elite Member

Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 12/27/2008 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I take mine just before my first meal of the day...just play around with it and see what works best for YOU.

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

Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2855
   Posted 12/27/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
the naturopath told me it didn't really matter but suggested one pill with each meal. I can't remember that when I'm out, so I take one in the morning and two in the evening. I tried adding an Align to my Forte in the evening but found it gave me a stomachache in the night. Maybe I need to try it with food, earlier in the day.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills. Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Tuesday, September 18, 2018 12:08 PM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,004,300 posts in 329,132 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 161736 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, jjmck2.
202 Guest(s), 12 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
pam lewellen, SamanthaE, TAD4207, countess18, liquidz1, Girlie, Saipan Paradise, Med N, Szabo246, caterinad, Union98, F8