Trying a new probiotic

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fruitgirl
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   Posted 6/15/2009 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I had been taking Culturelle probiotic, but when I went to the local store that carries it to buy more, they were out of stock and I had taken my last pill that morning.  Anyway, I decided to try one that was recommended by one of the staff members (see sig for details on it), and I think it helps more than the Culturelle did.  My stools have been a bit more formed (not that they were all that loose) despite eating a TON of fruit lately (it's berry season here and I have free access to all I want at work).  I'm only taking two/day, even though the recommended dose is three.  It has a mix of Lactobacillus and Bifiobacterium species, where the culturelle was just Lactobacillus gg.   
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).


Mamas Boys
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   Posted 6/15/2009 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope it works for you.  I've used Culturelle for years.  While I was flaring I noticed a real difference in terms of gas.  Much less while on the culturelle.  Now that I've been in a solid remission for a while I was wondering if it really still makes such a difference.  

Mamas Boys
Colazal, Azathioprine, Remicade
Culturelle, MultiVitamin, Folic Acid, Viactiv
Status: Remission!!


jeanneac
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   Posted 6/15/2009 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Gosh, if it helps with gas, I need to get my husband on the probiotics too!
 
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fruitgirl
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   Posted 6/15/2009 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I've told my husband I'm going to start him on a probiotic too...he's always had bad gas (he actually farted in front of me on our second date...he thought it would be a quiet one and we were outside so he wasn't worried about the smell!) but it's gotten worse lately. I really hope it will help!
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).


jeanneac
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   Posted 6/15/2009 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine said a few of the guys at work are quite proud of their gassiness. Others try to get rid of it. Go figure. I would prefer not to smell anyone's, even my own when I get it. I am lucky in that regard. In past years, I have embarassed myself with bad ones when I was trying other forms of fiber. Glad I don't have that problem anymore. Go probiotics!!
diagnosed 1/09 with colitis & diverticulitis
 54 yo, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, cymbalta
good results w/ acupuncture


PrednisoneJunkie
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   Posted 6/15/2009 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I also just started taking a bifidobacterium probiotic a couple days ago. The brand I got is called "Align". Seems to be working pretty well. I am feeling better and stools are more formed. Could just be a coincidence, but you never know.
27 / Male
UC Diagnosis May 2003
Survived 9 flares
Used prednisone, asacol 9/day
Alternatives: have successfully tamed 1 flare and counting without prednisone with massive doses of probiotic (along with asacol)
Diet: paleolithic (but I often cheat), non-smoker, non-drinker
Other problems: Childhood asthma


liljessika311
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   Posted 6/18/2009 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI recommended Florastor during my initial flareup/diagnosis, but I've found that as long as I'm on some probiotic (currently PB8 acidophilus) I'm good. The more types of probiotics (in the millions) the better!

kygirl77
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   Posted 6/18/2009 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm just now hearing of probiotics, since I've been researching my moms recent flare. What are they and where can they be purchased? It sounds like they have helped many people taking them.

ickypoo
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   Posted 6/19/2009 5:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Kygirl77 said...
I'm just now hearing of probiotics, since I've been researching my moms recent flare. What are they and where can they be purchased? It sounds like they have helped many people taking them.


Here is one source of information on probiotics nccam.nih.gov/health/probiotics/.

You can buy them most anywhere (grocery stores, health food stores, online, etc.). Until probiotics become more standardized, the biggest challenge is finding a reputable brand that works best. I would look for brands that list the strains of species used on the label. The dose should also be clearly stated - usually in cfu's. My understanding is that a minimum of 1 billion cfu per strain is deemed necessary to be effective - preferably more.
Diagnosed with UC in 1990.
Current Meds: Sulfasalizine (2 g) (1 g), Rowasa (now and then), Folic Acid (1 mg)
Supplements: fish oil, flax oil, glucosamine, CoQ10, fiber, aloe vera juice, probiotics.
Other: Raw Milk for breakfast. Currently exploring a raw milk fast one day/week.

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