Do I get probiotics at a health food store?

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   Posted 2/7/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 2/7/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   

Yes or you can get Culturelle at a regular drugstore.



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

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   Posted 2/7/2009 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I get mine... florajen3 at my regular drug store. It is a live one and has to be kept refrigerated.
38 yr old male, NE Ohio, diagnosed Aug 2008, but been with symptom since Nov 2007
30 mg pred, 9 balsalazide, rowesa nightly, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera tabs
Following gluten free diet as well as spinach/sunflower regime
**down to 25 mg of pred 12/25/08 **down to 20mg of pred 1/7/09**down to 17.5 mg 1/22/09
**down to 15 mg of pred 2/3/08
MED CHANGE: 1/13/09-- 4 Lialda, 2 Pamine Forte, 1 Florajen3 probiotic, 2 Aloe Vera tabs, Rowesa every other night, 20 mg of Pred, Lomotil as needed, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol

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   Posted 2/7/2009 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I get culturelle at a supplement store.

Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily) and Rowasa nightly. 

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   Posted 2/7/2009 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
     I've been taking Powerdolphilus by Country Life but I noticed they increased the price and I have to pay for shipping.  How much is the Culturelle and for how many capsules?
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/ see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

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   Posted 2/7/2009 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
GNC only had them on the shelf, not refrigerated, so I passed.

I could get them at the naturopath's office, but it has been more convenient to get them at an organic foods grocery store (live, refrigerated). I'm trying Ultimate Flora, 50 billion of a variety of stuff. The store I go to is a local one, not one of the chain stores.
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 wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 

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   Posted 2/7/2009 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
 I get culturelle at online.


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   Posted 2/7/2009 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I use Align - got sample from doctor and continued as it helps. I found that these and others are behind the pharmacy counters at Rite Aid and Walmart - just ask. ElaineNY
68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal in rectum - tried Proctofoam for weeks - no luck.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Tried hydrocortisone for two weeks with no change.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.

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   Posted 2/8/2009 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
You can get them at a health food store if you want to pay an extra buck or two. Culturelle is available at my supermarket usually and I get it there. I've read on this board that WalMart carries it, but I've never seen it at either of the two near me, nor have I seen it at Target. If I can't get it at Giant for $17, I can get it at Vitamin Shoppe for $18, but I try to avoid the health food store where it is $21.
46 yr old female, dx'd UC April 27, 2006; mild arthritis in lower back, dx'd May 2008; Osteopenia dx'd 6/08 Finally achieved remission mid October 2008!!

13 Remicade infusions: 1st: 7/21/07; most recent: 1/21/09; Current meds & supplements: Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Xanax as needed (rarely); Rowesa and/or Canasa; multivitamin w/folate; Culturelle; Fish oil capsules, calcium chews and/or Tums; Vitamin D;

Past meds: Prednisone 4/06-4/08; Entocourt EC; Asacol; Colazal; Venofer (iron) injections Dec '07; Imuran (extremely bad reaction 2/07); Protonix; Lexipro

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