You can take probiotics at any time. It doesn't interfere with other meds. I take mine on an empty stomach though.
I have had pretty good luck with the brand Sustenex. I take them in a pinch since I do better on the Pearls.
Sustenex has a bit of cleansing action in it for me. ( if you get what I am saying) so I find my body can handle the Pearls better when I need to not concentrate using the restroom often.
Are you having issues with acid reflex?
I was having serious issues with heartburn, burning tongue, etc. Finally had an endoscopy and was told that I have inflamation in my esophogus towards the bottom and into my stomach. I also have the beginnings of cellular changes in the stomach. The gastro doc said the only way to keep them from changing into something worse is to keep my stomach acid at a minimum. So I'm on Prilosec basically for the rest of my life. I'm also being watched closely by my gastro and my endo. GO ME!!! Oh, I was taking those Enzymatic Pearls but I wasn't sure they were really doing anything. Then I saw the Sustenex and read up on it and it appears to be something good. I've been on it about a week now but I'm not noticing any restroom changes. But that would be a GOOD thing for me! Looking forward to that side effect!
When I was taking probiotics (might go back on them) I took my Levoxyl in the morning and took my whole slew of medications (including the probiotics) one hour later. I used OrthoMolecular probiotics.
The probiotics come in a capsule that is supposed to survive the stomach and dissolve in the small intestine. So I don't think it makes a lot of difference when you take it.
A nutritionist that just came back from a seminar(!) instructed me to buy Culturelle, because Culturelle sponsored the seminar, no doubt. She said it was new and the bestest and it even says "New Look!" on the box, so I'm sure it is superior to the other stuff on the shelf that the pharmacist said were all the same thing.
I wouldn't take it with my Levoxyl, though.
Just out of principal, I guess.
There are absolutely no recommendations as to when to take them on the box. "...one capsule per day..."
Liz - just of you plying it doubley safe. Have you have a second opinion of this complete or mininal elimation of acid as being really appropriate?
About a month ago a doctor here at Med Help wrote a column on the ill effects of depleting stomach acid instead of balancing it was not a good treatment.
He wrote the acid reducer meds are actually harmful to a person ( don't remember any mention of cells changing in the article through)
I remember the article was listed as ( I believe) "10 medications out there doctor's will not take themselves. - (Or something like that) Nexium was in the top that they refuse to take and went into explaination on who depletions was actually very bad for people who are aging and losing acid natually to begin with.
Acid reflex and burning tongue was one of my biggest aliments towards the end of getting well. I suffered years daily. I think you and I talked about this a while back too.
Really that cell DX must be scarey. It's pretty confusing.
How have you been doing since on the med?
I remember reading that article here several months back and I brought it up with my gastro doc. He said the study where they made those conclusions was not a thorough study and was only based on a small number of test subjects, I think he said around 50. I told him I was very reluctant to take an acid reducer like that because of all I've read and he assured me that after all of the research he'd done that it was okay. He said he'd gone to a conference about it where they talked about that study and the conclusion was that the benefits outweigh the risks in a situation like mine. Especially since the test group was so small. I'm not real thrilled about taking Prilosec forever I can tell you that. But I've always had issues with this. Even before my thyroid problems I had severe esophogeal spasms that sent me to the hospital several years ago. I took Nexium for 18 months and I was fine. Then after the TT this other stuff started happening with the heartburn. I'm just a digestive mess. I don't know why. Nobody in my family suffers from this stuff. He's going to see me again in about 8 months and probably do another endoscopy with biopsies and we'll talk about it again. I did try and take Zantac for a bit instead of the acid reducer but it didn't work. I guess I gotta do what I gotta do. The heartburn is gone. But the burning tongue remains.....
Now that I read stellas reply, A friend of mine was on probiotics and every time he comes off them he gets reall sick!! He says he cant come off them or he will be stuck to the bed for days!
Wow that ***** my brother has Acid issues and takes meds but I also see him chugging Monster drinks when ever he can afford them. I'm sure you've tried diet changes etc but maybe check with a herbalist or more holistic Dr. I rarely see my Dr. unless something like I need stitches because often as sad as it is they are told about certain medicines and not others. I had been on Levoxythyrine (spelling?) and I found one called Nature-throid that she had not even heard of that had worked for many people. Sometimes it's good to get different opinions I definitely believe with all the crap we put in our bodies sometimes there are safer ways (probably take longer) to fix ailments. Give it a shot though find a good herbalist mine saves me when my immune system starts getting weak and really helps me get back on track.