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   Posted 8/12/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
have any of you guys ever heard or tryed the probiotic VSL3? does it work really good?
- 23 year old female, Gatineau, Quebec
 -diagnosed with UC june 2007 panacolitis
- Asacol (6 daily)800mg

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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 173
   Posted 8/12/2009 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep. Took it for about 6 months and didn't notice any difference. I have Crohn's colitis, mainly in the rectum, so maybe it will help you. If you're interested I can email you a study showing the effects of different probiotic bacteria and which strains had the most effectiveness. Just PM me.
"What can't be changed must be endured" - unknown

DX with distal Crohn's colitis Oct 2007, predominantly in rectum
Colozal (750mg): 3 pills 3xdaily
Canasa (1000mg): 1 suppository nightly
6MP - currently at 50mg working my way up......

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 8/12/2009 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I have taken VSL #3 and I think it helps somewhat but it hasn't been anything revolutionary if you ask me. But, I think it is important to take probiotics with IBD, so I take them. When I am done with them, I may choose another brand. It is quite expensive.
diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location, sigmoid colon
 50 +  female
 colazal, fish oil, synthroid, zoloft, VSL#3 probiotic.
Blood test positive for Crohn's for whatever that is worth-:)

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 8/12/2009 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Took it 2 packs a day for 2.5 months for my D and bloating. It did not help.
23 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics. Latest issue is endless diarrhea without blood or mucous.


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 8/12/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
It's working fine for me right now. I think some people may not be taking enough of it, depending on their symptoms....

1-2 Packets/day are supposed to be taken only when in remission -- to maintain remission
4-8 Packets/day are to be taken if you have active UC, and are not in remission.

It's expensive, and many people here have had success with other probiotics that are a lot cheaper.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa/Mesacol suppository occasionally

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