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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 442
   Posted 6/25/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Which probiotic do you use? Which one seems most effective?
left-sided UC since 11/05
 Rowasa, Colazal, Calcium, Centrum
Natren Healthy Trinity Probiotics

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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 6/26/2009 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I just switched to Align. I was using Digestive Advantage Crohn's/Ulcerative Colitis formula.
Stats: 40 yr old male. UC for 1 1/2 years.
location: Western Michigan
DX: UC, Pancolitis
Medications: 50 mg Azathioprine - 3 times per day, Claritin - 1 per day, Align Probiotic - 1 per day, ProAir Albuterol Sulfate Inhaler - as needed

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 2204
   Posted 6/26/2009 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had good results with Custom Probiotics six strain powder and all of Natren's products.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.

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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7150
   Posted 6/26/2009 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Um, I can't remember the's in my sig, though. I switched from Culturelle about two weeks ago (the store I buy from was out, so decided to try these) and I actually think they are a bit better.
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).

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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 4034
   Posted 6/26/2009 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I really don't see any difference when I use probiotics or not. I haven't taken any for months and I feel better than I have since getting diagnosed.
25 years old; diagnosed March 2007;
Currently: persistent rectal inflammation
Asacol, 4 tabs, 3xday; Rowasa nightly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; Primadophilus Reuteri; sublingual allergy drops; Ortho Tri-Cyclen

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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 2832
   Posted 6/26/2009 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
VSL-3 capsules and Custom Probiotics 6 strain capsules seem the most effective in my experience. But because they don't require refrigeration as much, are cheap by comparison, and add diversity, I also mix in some Culturelle capsules, Digestive Advantage IBS capsules, Nature's Way Reuteri Pearls, and Primal Defense powder on most days as well.  Oh, and the occasional FAGE Greek Yogurt.

Pancolitis >20 years, allergic to all 5ASAs
(To pharma: enough already with the umpteen variants of Asacol!)
Tried everything under the sun (natural and alternative), low carb SCD
Some partial success with TSO but  too expensive to keep up 
Remicade Humira, lots of probiotics, entocort, tapering increasing pred again,
homemade fecal infusions, maybe surgery this year soon

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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30230
   Posted 6/27/2009 1:51 AM (GMT -6)   
now I understand your i.d. probiotic!!

I use the ones in my siggie...I also used Natural Factors Protec years in conjunction with Primadophilus Reuteri pearls. I was in another nutrition store and purchased a different kind and do like them.

I think it's good to use a variety of strains.

*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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