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Malkavian
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   Posted 4/4/2009 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
How well do probiotics usually work for UC? Do you recommend them? If so, what kinds/species specifically? What about adding more probiotic foods to the diet rather than having the pills?

Any advice would be helpful! =)
21, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently in remission
Currently taking Asacol (3x/day) and Calcium/D supplements


Shadam
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 307
   Posted 4/4/2009 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
From my understanind probiotics are good for anyone especially UCers because it's good bacteria that is entering your gut.  Our main issue is that our immune system is attacking our our intestines becasue it sees our bacteria as bad...the promotion of good bacteria (probiotics) should help. 
 
I started taking a Jaro-Douphilus pill 2 weeks ago that has 3.4 Billion CFU.  It's hard to say if I've seen any difference because im weaning off of prednisone from a flare but I've heard it regulates your ugrency and such.  Even if it doesnt do anything at least you have a lot good bacteria in your system. 
 
I'm no expert but I hope that helps.
Age: 25 / Male / Florida
Diagnosed: 11/08 / Pancolitis
Asacol - 2 x 3 day (waiting for results)
Prednisone / ended 1/09 (started at 30mgs and tapered down)
Mens Multi Vitamin - 1 a day
Metamucil Wafers - Once a day
Jaro - Dophilus Probiotic (3.4 Billion) - 1 a day
Diagnosed with PSC: 3/9 --now taking Urso


Malkavian
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   Posted 4/4/2009 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
How much does that one cost, and where do you find it?

I'm actually not actively flaring right now so this is more of a general health thing. I want to do as much as I can to keep from getting sick again.
21, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently in remission
Currently taking Asacol (3x/day) and Calcium/D supplements


Scarlet504
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 192
   Posted 4/5/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   

I take Align since October and it is a once-a-day probiotic. You can find it at your local pharmacy and it costs around 30 bucks for 28 capsules. My doctor gave me a sample of Align and I am very happy with it and stick to it. The choice of probiotics is huge - I wouldn't know what to pick exactly, that's why I am sticking to Align and it works for me.

I guess you just have to make a choice, try one and see how you fare. If it is not the right one for you, try another one. You have to give it some time though before you know if it works. And also, be prepared that you might feel uncomfortable in the first week or so after starting a probiotic. The process of replacing bad bacteria with good bacteria in your gut can lead to diarhea first or bloating or gas or a general discomfort. So don't give in when you have such symptoms- they do disappear after a short while.


Scarlett, 38 yo., TX
Pancolitis since 3/1997
Meds
6 x Asacol a day
75 50 mg 6-MP
Align (probiotic)
Flintstones Complete Vitamins


Christine1946
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   Posted 4/5/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
     I've been taking Powerdophilus by Country Life.  I purchase it online.  It costs $17.88 for a bottle of 200.  I take two per day with food.  My nutritionist recommended these, she uses them herself.  I told my GI and he was fine with it.  So far, so good.  Been in remission since Nov 1st.  But I also am on Colazal and 6MP.
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 11/01/08...now 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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