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I have started taking VSL#3 DS Prescription Strength after being off antibiotics for 2 months (had a yeast infection in my ears and stopped to clear yeast).

I had an appointment with my LLMD last week. After having a painful 2 months off antibiotics (joint pain, foot pain) my LLMD put me back on antibiotics; Biaxon (sp) and Mepron (this time the insurance cleared Mepron and VSL#3 DS!!).

Seeking advice or suggestions: Do I need to take more probiotics than the one packet of VHVSL#3 DS once a day? (I take it before I go to bed)

Seems a bit excessive to take more probiotics during the day (was taking Ultra Flora 50 billion last week in addition to the nightly VSL#3 and felt like it may be too much...stomas upset).

Feel a bit better after discontinuing the Ultra Flora for the past 2 days (I had no trouble with Ultra Flora before). However, fearful of getting another yeast infection!

Was discouraged to restart antibiotics again; but, feeling better since I did, joint pain almost gone, at least so far! I had been on multiple combinations of antibiotic for a bit more than a year.

Had all of my bloodwork redone to establish a new baseline (since it will be the first time I was tested without being on medication; cholesterol continued to rise during treatment).

Waiting for all blood work esults.

Any opinions will be most appreciated.

Warm regards, p.

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I take two packets a day and I'm not on antibiotics. If you were only prescribed one packet a day, then take 1/2 of it twice a day.

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VSL#3 DS has 900 billion cultures per packet I believe. Since your doctor knows your history, I would ask him/her if you need more than that.
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Thank you for your responses. I was prescribed 1 pkg per day. I like the idea of taking 1/2 twice a day; although find the taste nasty and once a day gets it over with!

I actually like the taste of Mepron! yikes!

best, p.

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Yeah, it doesn't taste all that great! I don't mix it with anything but water due to the yeast issues.

1/2 packet doesn't taste as bad as a whole one .. [Big Grin]

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Thanks Lymetoo.

I have been drinking it in water and just keep thinking this taste better than having yeast!!! p.

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Indeed!! [Smile] I'll do anything to get rid of it.

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I add VSL to a protein drink, and I cannot taste it at all.
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quote:
Originally posted by Sammi:
VSL#3 DS has 900 billion cultures per packet I believe. Since your doctor knows your history, I would ask him/her if you need more than that.

Would taking more than 1 packet a day be overkill since it has 900 billion cultures per packet?

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Mix it in with yogart!
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This week I have tried adding in to a yogurt starter and making yogurt with it...not he prescritpion kind the other kind, my doctor isn't familiar with VSL#3 DS so she won't write it for me. So I am trying to grow my own VSL#3 to make it last longer...also taking other probitoics too. A mix of them.

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jennie.. you can take up to 3 packets a day. I take two all the time... have for the past 7 months.

I won't usually eat yogurt due to the sugar content, but I have some in my frig now... think I'll add the VSL to it next time!

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The lowest sugar yogart that i've been able to find that tastes good is Dannon lite and fit. ONly 11 grams sugar.

I mix vsl3 with it all the time!

http://www.lightnfit.com/products.html

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I buy Blue Bunny Light .. 7-8 grams of sugar.. but it has Splenda too.

I don't buy it all the time .. just when I need a sugar fix. [Big Grin]

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I take VSL twice a day at least 2 hours after Antibiotics, and with it I take a theralac and Nystatin per my LLMD. :-)

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Careful with the yogurts and the artificial sweetners. If you can afford it buy organic these usually have a decent amount of natural cultures and are not as man made as the others.

I have heard good things about kefir also.

I take usually 1.5 packets a day and do well with that. Tried all sorts of other products that did not work as well.

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Do you guys know that homemade yogurt is super-easy to make? Plus you can make it out of organic milk, and it's about 4 times cheaper than organic yogurt.
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quote:
Originally posted by Lymetoo:
jennie.. you can take up to 3 packets a day. I take two all the time... have for the past 7 months.

I won't usually eat yogurt due to the sugar content, but I have some in my frig now... think I'll add the VSL to it next time!

Hi Lymetoo,

Appreciate the info...maybe I should take more.

I guess my question is can our bodies actually process that much VSL #3 DS since it is 900 billion cultures per packet?

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I don't know.. I would think 3 would be excessive.

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James ... would you mind PM recipe?

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Fuel - here's a good link with easy directions:
http://digestiblediaries.com/2011/03/30/homemade-yogurt-macgyver-style/

Also, I like to use this particular dried starter instead of having to use old yogurt as a starter:
http://www.amazon.com/Yogourmet-Freeze-Yogurt-Starter-3-Count/dp/B001GVIS4M/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1308882124&sr=8-3

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions! [Smile]

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James... many thanks buddy

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My doctor prescribed VSL #3 DS at my request and insurance is covering it. So far so good with it.
Fuel: I know your doc would write you a prescription. Wonder if your insurance would cover it?

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