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pb4
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   Posted 8/30/2007 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
"will start VSL #3 when antibiotics are done"
 
Just curious as I saw this in your sig, why are you waiting to take VSL after you're done your antibiotics?  Probiotics are very beneficial to take daily as it is for IBDers but especially beneficial for those times while taking antibiotics.
 
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birdiem
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   Posted 8/30/2007 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
starting them after the anti's is just what my GI doctor suggested. i guess she thinks probiotics and anti's don't mix but i am very curious to hear if you have a different opinion/experience. the more information the better. thanks for catching that and bringing it to my attention. :)
katie
22
diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year
diagnosed with colitis 2007
malrotated colon
no cecal valve, removed during surgery
on antibiotics while undergoing further testing by doctor
will start VSL #3 when antibiotics are done.


pb4
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   Posted 8/30/2007 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm surprised that your GI has that line of thinking...as long as you take your probiotics at least 2 hours after you're finished taking your antibiotics for the day, then there's no worries of the antibiotics killing off the probiotics...so in a sence they don't mix only because the antis kill everything, but you need good bacteria in your system...

It's almost crucial that you're on probiotics while taking antibiotics because they kill off all bacteria, good and bad and that leaves your systmem so much more vulnerable to other nasty things...if it were me, no way would I follow your GI's advice on this one.

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Another UC wife
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   Posted 8/31/2007 7:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad this question came up............I didn't know how you juggle the pro biotics myself if on an anti biotic.

He has had Roseacea several times and has it again...milder than the other 2 times. We purposely did not fill the tetracycline prescription as we don't want to upset the bacteria balance since he has some really good days mixed in with his not so great days. We did not want to add to screwing things up.

At least for now with the prednisone tapering and the upcoming Mayo Clinic appt - we will hold off and question what we should do if it is even an issue October 1st.

60 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 ... left sided UC now, fully involved and trying to get in remission. Acute inflammation-pancolitis-tenesmus rectal pain-granulation is showing some healing started. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07  July 07 good days & bad days 75mg Imuran 40  mg prednisone (tapering 8/07) 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 3X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs  Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Colocourt enemas at night. Fosamax and mthly B12 shots folic acid 1mg


birdiem
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   Posted 8/31/2007 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
hmm, well i have to go back into the office for a test on wed, so i will ask her to clarify her thinking and i will report back...
katie
22
diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year
diagnosed with colitis 2007
malrotated colon
no cecal valve, removed during surgery
on antibiotics while undergoing further testing by doctor
will start VSL #3 when antibiotics are done.


Burli
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   Posted 10/3/2007 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
birdiem: What did your GI say?
 


birdiem
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   Posted 10/3/2007 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
she didn't want me to be on anti's and probiotics at the same time. so i finished the anti's, started VSL #3 but now i have run out of that and it is too expensive for me to buy more so i am starting a nature's way probiotic.
katie
23
diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year
diagnosed with colitis 2007
malrotated colon
no cecal valve, removed during surgery
gastritis

VSL #3
Amitriptyline to slow gastric emptying
Forvia
compazine


tjf
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   Posted 10/4/2007 6:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Just my 2 cents....I have been on and off antibiotics a lot lately (had a leg thing get infected). I always took my probiotic in addition to the antibiotics. I just made sure to stagger when I took them (couple of hours).
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UCinNC
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   Posted 10/5/2007 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know about VSL #3 specifically, but I have ALWAYS been advised to eat lots of yogurt when on any kind of antibiotic b/c you need the extra live cultures in yogurt to restore the cultures in the stomahc killed by antibiotics. I have always lived by that and always tolerated antibiotics well, including cipro.
29/Female/NC
Pancolitis dx 3/07
*12 Asacol/day
*100mg Imuran/day (steroid dependent)
Various vitamins, probiotics, fish oil.
Engaged: June 1, 2007

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