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   Posted 8/9/2009 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I got Align and Culturelle. Does this sound like a good combo? It's ok to take both, right? Or should I start one and then the other to see how they affect me?

Also, the Align says store at room temp but the culturelle says it can be refrigerated but it's not necessary. It was not refrigerated at the store but should I put it in the fridge now?

Can you ever buy them refrigerated? Or do you buy them on the shelf and refrigerate when you get them home?

I just want to do this right!

Thanks for any info.

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   Posted 8/9/2009 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
You may want to try them one at a time to determine if you tolerate them OK. I can think of no good reason not to take them together if they cause you no problems.

I personally only buy continually refrigerated brands - but they are also more expensive. If I had to buy nonrefrigerated probiotics, I would definitely store them in the fridge. They are living organisms after all and can't live indefinitely. Refrigeration will help maintain a viable population.
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   Posted 8/9/2009 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   

I have taken Align for over a year and have NO diarrhea, etc.  First couple weeks I had more gas but it got better.  Also, BM's started to form soon.  According to Align instructions the live bacteria will remain alive at room temperature and in the blister pack up to expiration date.  I keep mine in cabinet.  I think it has done more for me than most other supplements and medication.


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   Posted 8/9/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
You don't have to store them in the fridge, but doing so extends the shelf-life (according to culturelle's website)....

The problem of using both at the same time is that you won't know which one's working for you. I'd recommend trying them separately.
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   Posted 8/9/2009 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the feedback guys! I think I'll start the Align tonight!

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   Posted 8/9/2009 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey calm-,

I've never used either of the brands you mentioned but I do use one that must be refridgerated at all times and is kept in the fridge at the health food store I buy from, it's okay to have them out of the fridge for a couple of hours at most so long as they're not left in a hot car or it will decrease the strength by about 60%. You shouldn't have to use 2 different kinds of probiotics (that can get pricey) if you buy a good enough brand then that's all you should need (but it won't hurt or interfere if you decide you want to take 2 different kinds) mine as well make sure they are not 2 different brands that only offer the same strains or that's an even bigger waste of money. Taking one that contains the most of different strains is your best bet.

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