Biologics and probiotics.

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Hi, has anyone been advised to take probiotics when being prescribed biologics, I'm asking because biologics suppress parts of the immune system, that being the case probiotics may help to protect against any infections.

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    I'm on Cimzia and was specifically told not to take probiotics or eat any yogurts with live cultures x

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      Hi, I've just been assessed for biologics, and if I'm prescribed them I'll see what Rheumatologist says, I take Kefir and probiotic yogurt, I would not really want to stop, thanks.

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    I have been on Humira for 11 years and my rheumatologist put me on a probiotic several years ago.  I have been much healthier since that time, I used to catch every bug that was going around!  I would suggest you follow the advice of your doctor, I do think they have different opinions.  
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    Hi Martin,

    I had the same question at one time and researched it and found opposing answers so I just went with my gut (LOL) I take prebiotics, probiotics and glutamine. The pre & probiotics help with your elimination. If you take pain relievers it helps a lot I think. I have never had that problem. Gluatmine....I talked to a medical researcher a couple of weeks ago and she said to take glutamine. They advertise it as a muscle builder but it repairs the stomach and intestine lining where food leaks into your system causing inflammation. I've only taken it about a week so far so I really don't know yet

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      Hi, I make milk kefir it's a strong probiotic and eat probiotic yogurt, and eat sourdough bread, I do this because I have IBS as well as RA, so I reckon I'll just carry on, I aren't on biologics just yet but have been assessed I'll see what Rheumy says, thanks.

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      HI Martin

          I have Crohn's and inflammatory arthritis and saw the GI doc today.  I asked her about biologics and probiotics and her opinion and told her MDs have differing opinions.  Her answer was that she understands the differing opinions by doctors but thinks that probiotics are not going to matter that much one way or the other and to try them and see if they help.  I take probiotics daily but can't say I see much of a difference

         Humira didn't work for me and I had awful side effects so she is contacting my insurance company to see what biologic they will approve next for my 2 autoimmune conditiions.   It's a struggle

         I showed her a medical paper on low starch diet for RA and crohns.  She agrees that diet plays a role and that starch and sugars are bad for the gut 

      and RA.  The low starch diet I looked up was extremely restrictive.  Not sure I could do that even for one day.    

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