Reply to "Long term Cipro for Pouchitis"

VSL isn’t discontinued, but it’s very hard to find now. Sam’s Club still can get it for me, but that was the eighth pharmacy I called. You might have better luck finding Visbiom, which is the original formula VSL is based on. I see that they have an ad on the right side of this page, so they are supporting the J-pouch forum. It’s packaged just like VSL #3, including prescription and non-prescription strengths.

Long-term antibiotics are standard treatment for chronic pouchitis, but not every doctor (or even every gastroenterologist) knows that. I do get mine from a gastroenterologist. Perhaps you could print out the articles referenced at the top of this Pouchitis forum in the thread called “Need a Good Article About Pouchitis?” (https://www.j-pouch.org/topic/...icle-about-pouchitis) and give it/them to your doctor. Alternately you could look for a doctor who knows more about pouchitis.

A gastroenterologist would also be a good source for an appropriate biologic.

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