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gatorade girl
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Thanks.

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No but you get twice as many per packet and with most insurance programs, have to copay $10 or so and you get boxes of the stuff for next to free.

I guess it depends on your insurance, I still have 3 boxes left its crazy how much DS gives you

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I found PB8 works great take 2 at bedtime so they have time to work while you sleep

http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/store/en/browse/sku_detail.jsp?id=NN-2001

very comprable to the more expensive theralac

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potent stuff

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PB8 is crap. Sorry. I blame it for my current problems with yeast. I THOUGHT it was supposed to be good .. but it's a very low dosage of probiotics.

(I took it the whole time I was in treatment for Lyme.)

The VSL#3 prescription is the cheapest way to go if you have good insurance.

You pay your copay and away you go. I'm taking 1800 billion CFU's a day and it's costing me $80 for a 3 month supply.

PS.. no way you can compare PB8 to Theralac. What a joke.

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The reason that PB8 can't be compared to theralac is because of the special coating that theralac has on the capsules which allow the probiotics to get past the stomach acid and into the intestine with maximum live organisms. In order for the organisms to get past the stomach acid they at least need enteric coating which PB8 does not have. Theralac also has prebiotics which feed the probiotics. I *think* pb8 has inulin which *may* do something similar but I'm not sure about that.

1 capsule of theralac has 2X+ the CFU's as 2 caps of PB8 but much of the PB8 probiotics are destroyed in the stomach.

vsl has many x's more cfu's but I don't know much about it.

Terry

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You got it.

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Just for the record, Blue Cross (at least in my state?) has moved prescription VSL to "Brand Name, Non-preferred." This is basically the second-most expensive tier, since the over-the-counter version is available. For me, its a $50 copay - same as OxyContin, Tindamax, Diflucan, Alinia etc.. and other drugs that don't have a generic available or cost a considerable amount of money.
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