Lactaid - Does it work?

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   Posted 11/19/2007 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I would love to be able to take Lactaid and be able to eat a snickers bar or ice cream.  Does it work?  or is it a bad idea?  Has anyone here tried it?

UC since 2002 towards the end of senior year in high school, meds Asacol 4pills 3xday

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   Posted 11/19/2007 11:42 PM (GMT -6)   
it's not a bad idea....actually, it gave me MORE gas and discomfort
It was less discomfort with the milk products.

Try it and see if it helps.

Probiotics will also help.

Do you use rectal meds as well as the ASacol?
Where in the colon is your UC?

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~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
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   Posted 11/20/2007 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I take Lactaid when I eat ice cream (which normally tears me up) and it helps me immensely. Though I limit my ice cream intake to not rock the boat.
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Date Joined Nov 2005
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   Posted 11/20/2007 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't know if milk messes me up, so I couldn't answer. But if you can handle a tiny bit, now is the time of the year to go buy those TINY TINY little snickers bars, the ones that are like and inch by an inch for the holidays, and try one.
dx 4/05 with pancolitis UC after birth of my second child...
18 months of vit e enema and scd remission
Flare since 7/07...almost to surgery, now almost well through mostly natural stuff
Trying to make up the difference with...
Lialda 4/day... I don't know, 3 months maybe?
Remicade 10/26, 11/09, next 12/3
Imuran 50mg at night 11/11
Been there, tried that....

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   Posted 11/20/2007 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Lactaid never did anything for me.  Tried it off and on for the past decade, and it failed every time.  Everyone is different though, so if may work for you.

---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC (pancolitis)
Currently in mild flare
2 400mg Asacol 4X day 2 Lialda/day (we'll see how that goes)
5mg Prednisone done for now :)
1 multivitamin/day
2 grams calcium/day
75mg Imuran/day
100mg Tramadol/day for abdominal pain (as needed)
1 Fioricet ever 4 hrs as needed for severe migraines

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   Posted 11/20/2007 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Lactaid will only help if you are lactose intolerant since Lactaid provides the enzyme that lactose intolerant people are lacking. I used Lactaid for years and found it allowed me to eat dairy products (in moderation) without problems.

I suppose that it's possible that UCers who can't tolerate dairy aren't necessarily lactose intolerant but rather just having difficulty with certain foods. Does anyone know if that's a reasonable assumption I'm making?

Anyway, lactaid does work if you are lactose intolerant. At least, that was my experience.
UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it.

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   Posted 11/20/2007 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes if you are lactose intolerant lactaid will work...I used have issues with lactose intolerance but since taking primadophilus reuteri probiotic which aids with lactose intolerance I no longer have that issue (it must be taken daily as it is a probiotic).

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

Old Hat
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   Posted 11/20/2007 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
The Lactaid tablets seem too potent for me; they give me a burning sensation in the transverse colon. However, I do fine using Lactaid 1% or nonfat milk daily. I wouldn't recommend a whole Snickers bar at once; it's too rich in fat & sugar! Try a bite or two as the other members above have suggested-- to see how it agrees with you. My sympathies, though, because I adore Milky Way candy bars. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 11/20/2007 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I am lactose intolerant and use Lactaid all the time... sometimes, on a daily basis.  I use it for ice cream, butter, cheese, yogurt, etc.  Anything with dairy in it, I take a Lactaid with.  I drink the Lactaid milk also.  It's brought dairy back into my life!

Current Medications:
- Asacol (4 pills, 2x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)

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