It's expensive here in the US too
VSL#3 has been good for me. I originally took a basic acidophilus probiotic (refrigerated high quality) but didn't see any noticeable results so decided to try VSL#3. It seems to help regulate my constipation. And I also have started adding it to my homemade yogurt, both as the batch is "cooking" under the stove light (it makes the yogurt much thicker) and also sometimes add a packet into the yogurt I'm eating.
My only med now is Balsalazide.
In remission April 2010 after 10 years of suffering and no remission ever
Jan 2010 started SCD diet (modified to remove dairy, fruit & juices)
Bleeding stopped in 3 days, 95% remission in 5.5 months
Diet: Gluten/grain-free, fructose-free (blueberries OK), dairy free (swiss cheese OK), starch-free
I eat: Protein(meat/fish/eggs,no soy), nuts(soaked/roasted), non-starch veggies, nut-flour muffins
Daily: fish oil, Vit D3 2000 2Xday with oil/fat, veggie juice, sunflower seeds, probiotic VSL#3
homemade yogurt and some fruit OK at 5.5 month remission
Highly recommend: the book "Life without Bread" and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet