It's really hard for me to know, because I started the 5ASA meds about the same time. However, I do think I got a bit better when I switched from Culturelle to my current probiotic...I was in remission when I switched, but things got just a bit firmer, I guess, despite all of the berries, sweet corn, etc I was eating! At any rate, they aren't that expensive and they certainly don't hurt anything, so I figure they are worth taking.
Status: Remission since May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).