What Probiotics should I take?

Hello. I have GP (and have had it for 2.5 years) and am currently taking Amitiza. It sort of seems to be working. I can typically have a BM now once a day although immediately afterwards I typically get very nauseas and need to lie down and drink ginger ale and eat saltines for about a half an hour every morning...and then I am fine for most of the day. But now I have been reading some entries warning against Amitiza which makes me very nervous. I tried Reglan once- I never took it again because the severe stomach pains I got from it the first day were so unbearable .

Anyway, my GI doctor has recommended I start taking Probiotics and Miralax. I know there are so many different probiotics out there, can anyone recommend some that are good? I had been taking Miralax (Over the counter)- which was helping- but I recently started getting diarrhea from an ADD med that I started taking and I am nervous about takin the Miralax again. Also- I take Lactaid pills everyday because I am also LI, but is anyone familiar with taking overall enzyme supplements with GP on a daily basis?

Any advice anyone can give on the Probiotics, Amtiza or Enzyme supplements would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

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I take digestive enzymes from the health food store, and my doctor has me mix them with calcium citrate powder and take after each meal. I really don't know if it helps. The two probiotics the doctors recommend the most are culturelle and florastor, and I have been on both and can't tell if they help but they don't seem to hurt. You can buy them in any drug store.

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I eat Activia yogurt daily. I also purchase an IBS product OTC that I take when I eat dairy which is a lifesaver.

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Hi Allison,
I take probiotics and they really seem to help. I recommend a product from New Chapter.com - Every Woman 1 or 2 supplements. I like their product because it is all natural, plant based supplements. They contain Lactobacillus, acidophilus, and bifidus probiotics as well as other nutrients that most people with GP find hard to get in their diet. I just spent a month unable to eat anything but gatorade, and the drs were shocked that my vitamin levels were still good. I had been taking this supplement, and I think it is worth the price. Good luck to you.

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My Integrative medicine doctor has me taking probiotics and a proteolytic enzyme.

The probiotic is Genestra brands HMF Super powder (which is two strains of L. acidolphilous, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium lactis, and Fructo-oligosaccharides). I mix a half teaspoon into a about half a cup of water twice a day (container says serving size is 1/4 teaspoon but doctor said to takes 1/2 teaspoon each time). The enzyme I take is 500 mg Bromelain, 3 X a day, it's derived from pineapple stems. You can get the Bromelain at most drug stores, and the HMF Superpowder through Amazon.com or my doctor's website at www.cihh.net.

Jo

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Thank you so much everyone for your replies! Everytime I on this site and read through other's entries I learn so much and feel better knowing that there are others out there that deal with the same problems. (Since no one in my family understands it)

I am going to print out what y'all take and as soon as I can find a specialist in the Atlanta area- I am going to see what they think will work best for me.

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