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asobel
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   Posted 8/21/2007 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I recently started on probiobtics, but there are so many different kinds, I'm not sure if i picked a good one.. I have started with FLoraMore, has anyone else taken this?   I know alot of people do the vsl#3.. just wondering what kinds people are taking and for what reasons, or are they all pretty similiar?

pb4
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   Posted 8/21/2007 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
No, they're not all similar, you need at least 5 billion CFU, the one I take is primadophilus reuteri made by natures way, it has guaranteed intestinal release, many of the others don't make it past the stomach acid.


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princesa
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   Posted 8/22/2007 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I'd do some research and look for one that provides test results on viable, live cultures. There are alot of cheapos out there that don't live up to their claims. I use Custom Probiotics' six strain blend.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
Possibly misdiagnosed
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps
 
 


KJ35
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   Posted 8/22/2007 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
pb4 suggested Primadophilus Reuteri to me about a month ago and I think it is an effective probiotic. I take it first thing every morning.  It seems with probiotics you get what you pay for.  There are a lot of cheap ones out there with low bacteria counts. 
 
Here is a link for this brand.
 
Asacol (no effect)
Colazal (no effect)
VSL#3 (not enough difference to justify the cost)
OTC : Probiotics (Primadophillius Reuteri, 1 capsule per day), enteric coated Fish Oil (1.7g 3x per day), Metamucil (one serving 4x per day), Turmeric/Curcumin95% (1g 2x per day), Multivitamin, Caltrate 600D (2x per day), L-Glutamine (5g 2x per day, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and before bed)
 
approximate current BMs : two in the a.m. (generally between 8-10 a.m.), then one around 3pm, and one around 9pm
 

Post Edited (KJ35) : 8/22/2007 9:10:45 AM (GMT-6)


pb4
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   Posted 8/22/2007 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I find the Primadophilus prices quite well considering how affective it's been for me, 28.00 canadian but only one/day is needed and I get 90 caps in a bottle so for under 30 I have a 90 day supply. I bought flora Q for about the same, maybe a little more but it's required you take up to 4/day so that makes it quite pricy...and I did not find the flora Q any better then the primadophilus for me anyways.

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Sara14
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   Posted 8/22/2007 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
pb4 - I just ordered some primadophilus reuteri from my health food store. The probiotic i was taking seems to help me, but it's sort of pricey - $36 for 30 pills, 1 pill per day. I should get it by Friday. Hopefully it works as well for me as it has for you.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007

Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - 1 every few nights
Ultimate Flora probiotic (50 bil. cultures) 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Stonyfield Farms yogurt


pb4
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   Posted 8/22/2007 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Sara14 :)

I sure hope so, please keep us posted on how it goes....and make sure they ship it cold-packed as it must be kept cold so don't forget to put it in your fridge when you get it.


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UMDTerp2001
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   Posted 8/22/2007 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I seem to be having success with Garden of Life - Primal Defense. I take one with breakfast and one before dinner.
 
 
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- 29 y/o male living in the DC Metropolitan region
- UC diagnosed - April, 2006 - symptoms came on sudden
- GI could not determine type of UC as I was too inflamed during the colonoscopy
- Completed 3rd Prednisone taper on 4/13/07 - Tapered from early January through mid-April after being hospitalized from a bad flare with anemia & severe joint pain.
- Currently in remission
- 6 Colazal/day, 1 Multivitamin, Fish oil, Primal Defense Probiotics 2/day, Iron supplement when bleeding
- Use small dose (5-10mg) of prednisone occassionally to manage joint pain


UCSFer
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   Posted 8/25/2007 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
This is what a 40year uc veteran recommended for me: https://shop.sigmatau.com/VSL3/services/customer/account.asp?Action=Edit

I am thinking of giving it a try.

Sara14
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   Posted 8/25/2007 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   

Just started the primadophilus reuteri last night. I will update you as to how it goes.  It doesn't have any bifido strains in it which I have heard that people w/UC need that one...but I don't really understand all of this probiotic stuff so I could be totally wrong.

I paid $10.87 (US) for 30 pills which is a lot cheaper than what I was paying ($37, but it also had 50 billion CFU and lots of different strains)

KJ35 - Wow, that link sells it for super cheap. Maybe I should buy from them next time...only $16 for 90 pills.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007

Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - 1 every few nights
Ultimate Flora probiotic (50 bil. cultures) 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Stonyfield Farms yogurt


icanrace
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   Posted 11/21/2007 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Sara14 said...
Just started the primadophilus reuteri last night. I will update you as to how it goes. It doesn't have any bifido strains in it which I have heard that people w/UC need that one...but I don't really understand all of this probiotic stuff so I could be totally wrong.

I paid $10.87 (US) for 30 pills which is a lot cheaper than what I was paying ($37, but it also had 50 billion CFU and lots of different strains)

KJ35 - Wow, that link sells it for super cheap. Maybe I should buy from them next time...only $16 for 90 pills.


how is the primadophilus reuteri going for you?
I just bought a bottle to try myself.
started Prednisone & Asacol on Thursday 10-4-2007


Sara14
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   Posted 11/21/2007 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, icanrace - I can't tell if it's doing anything or not. I've been switching between the reuteri and Ultimate Flora probiotics (50 billion CFU), about every couple of months. I also eat yogurt every day and sometimes drink DanActive or Naked probiotic drink (I think it's new and it tastes really good) Along with my meds and other supplements, it's hard to tell what's helping.

Let me know how it works out for you.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - as needed for flares
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D) for Osteopenia; flaxseed


SwollenColon
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   Posted 11/22/2007 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm still liking the Enzymedica Pro-Bio

philly-fan
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   Posted 11/22/2007 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Like so many others I am confused as to which pb to take. I take ultra flora plus DF capsules, made by Metagenics. Has anyone ever heard of this one?
I have taken others including primadophilus reuteri made by natures way. I am afraid to switch because things are going well and I don't want to make a change that would screw things up. But I guess this is the best time to experiment(I'm looking for a cheaper one). Does anyone use more than one and alter them?
Steve


Asacol 1200mg-3x a day

Probiotic=metagenics ultra flora plus DF

Hydrocortizone when needed

Off the prednesone since September 8th (omg)


Heart meds

Lipitor,Toprol, aspirin 81

synthroid


pb4
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   Posted 11/22/2007 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I thought primadophilus reuteri was priced very well, why not just take it alone, maybe it alone is doing the job for you?

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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