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I'm on my third day of taking VSL 3 probiotic and have horrible diarrhea. Is this a common side effect?

I'm on my third day of taking VSL 3 probiotic and have horrible diarrhea.  Is this a common side effect?

Probiotic troubles: I wonder whether the diarrhea might have come from some antibiotics that were given recently or this product? Sometimes there can be abdominal discomfort or even diarrhea with these products - depending on your tolerances. You should probably stop taking them and call your GI doctor for help. In the mean time, taking in some fluids/chicken soup will help with the volume losses. Hope u feel better. ...Read more

Probiotic (Definition)

Probiotics, by definition, are beneficial bacteria that live in our intestinal tract to help us maintain health intestines and colon. There are several species of these bacteria that are helpful to us including lactobacillus acidophilus. The meats we eat contain antibiotics that kill our natural bacteria that reside in our gut. Today, you will replace these ...Read more


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Just given Flagyl for possible c-diff colitis. I am also on. Vsl#3 probiotics. Can i take these together?

Just given Flagyl for possible c-diff colitis.  I am also on. Vsl#3 probiotics.  Can i take these together?

Caution: Yoy have a clinical diagnosis of c diff. You started flagyl. Take caution with vsl#3 it is a probiotic. It may be safe but is not evaluated. Tell your doctor and your pharmacist you're taking it. After Flagyl youre hoping to re-establish normal flora in the colon. Safer to try yourgurt. ...Read more

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VSL #3 or a soil based probiotic like Primal Defense? What is better?

VSL #3 or a soil based probiotic like Primal Defense? What is better?

More evidence 4 VSL3: There is a good amount of research proving VSL #3 is safe and effective: http://vsl3.com/hcp/scientific-info/ While Primal Defense makes many claims and is supported by testimonials, I'm unaware of any research studies proving it's effective and some question its safety. See http://www.curezone.org/forums/am.asp?i=278134 Thus,while Primal Defense may be useful for some, VSL #3 has proven benefits. ...Read more

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Is probiotic a medicine?

Is probiotic a medicine?

Pro mean with: and bio means life. Probiotics help the GI system digest food. Anti means against. So, if one takes excessive antibiotics (which are sometimes needed) they can kill off the good bacteria in our GI systems and we can have digestive problems. This can happen w/out antibiotics at times too. So, the probiotics replace the good bacteria that are missing or low. Peace and good health. Natural med. ...Read more

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What is the best probiotic?

What is the best probiotic?

Align : I tend to recommend this brand of probiotics for patients with bloating & irregular bowel habits. ...Read more

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What probiotic brands are best?

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What probiotic brands are best?

Probiotics: My favorite is Renew Life Ultimate Flora Critical Care. Also, NOW Foods Probiotic-10. Review with your doctor first. ...Read more

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Probiotic yogurt drinks hype or benefit?

Probiotic yogurt drinks hype or benefit?

Probiotics: Probiotics may be helpful -- but yogurt drinks may not contain all the labels say they do. You might check consumerlab.Com for particular products. It's $33/year to subscribe and has been a very useful resource for me. (no, i don't work for them!). ...Read more

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What's the best brand probiotic to take?

What's the best brand probiotic to take?

Probiotic of Choice: I often recommend Jarrow due to it's quality and the fact it doesn't need refrigeration. ...Read more

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Are all probiotic good or bad, which ones?

Are all probiotic good or bad, which ones?

Sorry, but...: Probiotics are organisms, not "good or bad", that supplement your colonic flora. Peer review literature shows 1 in 4 patients treated are clinically improved with probiotics. Different probiotics benefit different symptoms. Probiotics are generally harmless, but they are not a panacea & their use should not substitute for a good medical evaluation followed by appropriate directed therapy. ...Read more

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Wat is a good trusted probiotic u recommend?

So many probiotic: Depends why you want to take probiotics? Do you have inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel, syndrome? So many probiotics around. Try align. ...Read more

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Which is now the top probiotic on the market?

Which is now the top probiotic on the market?

Probiotic: Because everyone's intestinal flora is a little different, there is no single probiotic that is the best for everyone. Therefore, you are going to have to try a few to see what is right for you. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of taking a probiotic?

Possibly several: Probiotics are "good bacteria" and, while research has not been extensive, there is some evidence that taking probiotics helps to fight infections in the stomach and gut. They may also help with diarrhea and constipation due to certain diseases, as well as improve or prevent allergies. Again, these benefits haven't been proven, so talk to your doctor before taking probiotic pills. ...Read more

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Which is now the top probiotic formula to take?

That suits wallet: Any that suits the wallet. Plain yogurt , in my opinion is good enough. ...Read more

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What is it like to try probiotic primal defence?

What is it like to try probiotic primal defence?

Probiotic brand: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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And does it matter which probiotic I should take?

And does it matter which probiotic I should take?

Yes: Probiotics have little to no value in a healthy gut, but if you are on antibiotics, suffering from irritable bowel syndrome or diarrhea, then the probiotics should have at leat one billion colonies each of several different bacteria such as lactobacillus. ...Read more

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What does probiotic do for ur body when u take it?

Probiotics help: Keep the natural balance of bacteria in the intestine. Helps with digestion, gas, inflammation, with use of antibiotics. Also being researched for other benefits as well. ...Read more

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Are probiotic drinks like yakult healthy for kids?

Are probiotic drinks like yakult healthy for kids?

Probiotics: Some studies have shown beneficial effects of probiotics. Yogurt is rich in those friendly bacteria as well as protein and calcium. ...Read more