Reply to "Probiotics - how much?"

Johnny, there is lots of variation in this community. Those who can get insurance coverage for it usually choose VSL #3. The double-strength version requires a prescription and has 900 billion CFUs per packet - almost 20 times stronger than that tablet. I take four packets per day, which is very, very expensive. Some folks choose the similar (and similarly expensive) Visbiome, which recently won a legal fight with VSL over which one was really studied under the “VSL” name.

Our average dose isn’t lower than that for a coloned person. The research seems to suggest that a higher dose may do a better job at preventing (or delaying) pouchitis. But if it bothers you (and that doesn’t clear up in a few days) then the research is less important that what your body is telling you.

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