Probiotic Recommendations

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Malkavian
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   Posted 8/16/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI gave me a script for Florastor but I can't afford it.

Can anyone recommend me some cheaper OTC probiotics that have worked well?

Thanks.

Also, how many CFU's should I be taking daily?
22, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009, symptoms for 2 years beforehand
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently taking Asacol (1200 mg 3x/day), Rowasa and Calcium/D supplements


Christine1946
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   Posted 8/16/2009 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
     My nutritionist recommended Powerdolphilus by Country Life.  I order it online.  I believe I just paid $14  for a bottle of 200.  I take two capsules per day but you can take as much as three.  I also take fish oil capsules, two per day.  The $14 includes the fee for shipping and handling but you may be able to get free shipping...look into it because you may be able to save $7.  Good luck.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning.  Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure.  Getting old is a b****.


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 8/16/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Preferably, the probiotics dose should be at least 10 billion CFUs a serving.
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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Malkavian
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   Posted 8/16/2009 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Rio-10 BILLION? Seriously?

Christine-I'll keep that in mind, is it acidophilus or a blend? Already take the fish oil, though, it gives me stinky burps =(
22, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009, symptoms for 2 years beforehand
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently taking Asacol (1200 mg 3x/day), Rowasa and Calcium/D supplements


Old Hat
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   Posted 8/16/2009 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had success calming my colon recently with a regionally-produced lowfat drinkable yogurt containing 10 active cultures. These include acidophilus, bulgaricus, thermophilus, lactobacillus rhamnosus, & bifidobacterium lactis. It costs $2.25-$3 for 12 oz., depending on where it's sold; for me that's about a 2-day supply. It has definitely helped to improve/regulate bms. Makes me think that most of our problems are bacterial after all ... / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

Malkavian
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   Posted 8/16/2009 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Where is it produced/what brand is it?
22, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009, symptoms for 2 years beforehand
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently taking Asacol (1200 mg 3x/day), Rowasa and Calcium/D supplements


UCinGV
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   Posted 8/17/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I didn't even know they had prescription-strength probiotics. How much does Florastor cost?
12 Asacol
100 mg Imuran


songlady
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   Posted 8/17/2009 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
VSL has a double-strength product (called VSL#3D) that is available by prescription. In fact, my insurance claims to cover it, on the ins. website, but when my doc submitted a prescription I got a notification it wasn't covered.
Still arguing that one - it's hard when all one gets on the phone is an automated voice - lol. I'll figure it out eventually........
Asacol - 16 pills a day
Metamucil - 2 doses
VSL#3, Ultimate Flora Critical Care
Canasa
Cortenemas (not for much longer I hope!)


jujub
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   Posted 8/17/2009 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I use Primadophilus Reuteri by Nature's Way. I get it from Swanson. I've had good luck with it, and it also has the added benefit of keeping away the nasty vaginal yeast infections.
Judy
 
Ulcerative colitis forum co-moderator
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroids.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. 
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"
 


torodiesel
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   Posted 8/17/2009 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Judilyn,
Does it arrive in a styro-cooler pack?  or does it not require it?  I'm interested in ordering from them and live in the Twin Cities, MN and am worried about the heat.  Their website says nothing about refrigeration.  Any info/insight would be great.

AmyWaffle
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   Posted 8/17/2009 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
dherme said...
Judilyn,
Does it arrive in a styro-cooler pack? or does it not require it? I'm interested in ordering from them and live in the Twin Cities, MN and am worried about the heat. Their website says nothing about refrigeration. Any info/insight would be great.


Hello from St. Paul! Glad to have another Twin Citizen on the board.
UC since 1996 (age 20)
Mommy of 2 sweet little girls.

Asacol (12/day)
Azathioprine (175 mg)
Prednisone (currently 80 mg)
Rowasa nightly
Immodium daily
First Remicade 6/22/09 [discontinued 8/12/09, not helping]


princesa
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   Posted 8/17/2009 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
If your GI wrote a prescription, would your health insurance cover it, at least partially?
 
In my experience, the cheaper brands were ineffective. The two I've used with good results are Custom Probiotics' six strain powder and Natren's Healthy Trinity. Both are fairly expensive, but were well worth it.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips. Scope on 6/22 showed no inflammation at all.
 
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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