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Expert Nurse
Kathleen Madden

Thank you so much Krista for the expert GI MD weigh on this topic. I am usually cautious about recommeding adding probiotics when some one is in full grade 4 liquid diarreha. Our rationale is that with the acute inflammation, there are many microscopic openings placing a patient at risk for infection & coupled with the lack of being able to absorb and process medications normally in the gut. Tytpically if our practice adds a probiotic will be when the stools are soft and leaning more toward some form, bland proteins are being better tolerated while on a steroid taper. A slow recovery can also be aided by cholystyramine ( Questran) powder 1-3 x daily to help bulk the stool.