Does anybody have any experience with probiotics? My GP has recommended the probiotic VSL#3 112.5 billion probiotic bacteria.
I have severe pain from cramping and alternating between diarrhea, but mostly constipation or something in between which is a tiny speckle with stomach cramps that’s in and out of the bathroom in about eight minutes. So, I’ve been taking these for the recommended dose of one a day for about a month, and it didn’t help. What I call “a good day” is a total of eight or fewer episodes of gut pain and whatever happens in the bathroom. My experience both before starting the probiotics about six weeks ago and now is the same: some days it’s eight times and on really bad days it’s 12 or 13 times!
It’s hard for me to travel places and stay away from my bathroom usually for 7, 8 or nine hours every day.
After about a month on one dosage, I have now gone 10 days almost 2 weeks taking two of the probiotic capsules. It’s not any better or worse than before. I have another week and a half to go until I see my PCP. After discussing this with him, I feel like it may not be worth the money to continue on this probiotic.
My PCP was the one who recommended it for me, and a nurse called me today to check on why am taking two capsules. She seemed knowledgeable about different probiotics and she said some of them are good and some of them are not so you have to research.
Can anyone please help me with my dilemma? The probiotic is not covered by my health insurance, unlike any other medicine I’m taking, and it costs $50 for a two month supply of a one Per day dosage. Looking at the package it says “usual adult dosage: 1 to 2 capsules as needed up to four times a day.” Yikes, since I’m already paying $50 for two month supply at one a day, if I did 1 to 2 capsules up to four times a day I’d be spending $100 to $200 a month!
Please help me if you have any experience with probiotics.
Thank you in advance!