09-06-2013, 05:26 PM   #1
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Digestive Enzymes?

Hey guys!
I was wondering if any of you take digestive enzymes for your Crohn's disease? I was considering taking Papaya fruit enzymes? I was hoping that by taking digestive enzymes it would help break down my food so that my body could more easily absorb it, and hopefully help me gain weight. Thoughts? If you don't take papaya enzymes what do you take/recommend?
Current Treatment:
Pentasa 3x daily (500mg)
Remicade (~300mg) once every 6 weeks
Mercaptopurine 1x daily (25mg)
Culturelle Digestive Health probiotic 1x daily
Current Status: Remission (for the most part):danc:

Past Treatments:
Prednisone (40mg)
Metronidizole (250mg)
Methotrexate (0.5 mL) SubQ injection
09-06-2013, 05:53 PM   #2
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True digestive enzymes that contribute to breaking down food are rarely used because they taste truly nasty (like vomit I've been told by my sister) and must be taken by mouth. They also cost a fortune and are prescription. She said the OTC stuff like papaya enzymes don't really do anything according to her GI.
Badger, 18, CD, overall great guy
Dxd age 10, 2006 after nearly 1 year of active sx
Current CD meds: Remicade, Methotrexate and Omeprazole, Vit. D, Calcium, Folic Acid, Probiotic

Nothing I say here should be construed as medical advice. I am not a doctor. These are just my opinions.
09-06-2013, 06:05 PM   #3
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I suggest you start drinking Boost or Ensure to supplement your diet and be sure to eat high calorie versions of food like using cream/half and half instead of milk and butter instead of margarine.

Be sure your doctor knows if you have started losing weight.
09-10-2013, 06:19 PM   #4
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Current Medications: None currently. Was on Imuran (150mg/day) and 5-ASA (3000 mg/day) as maintenance meds prior to surgery
Surgeries: Left hemicolectomy 2014.
09-13-2013, 05:04 AM   #5
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I tried all kinds of enzymes - the sorts you can buy in healthfood shops, but they made no difference either to my symptoms or my weight. If you're not absorbing food properly, really the only way to help with that is to try to get your disease under control (which of course is often impossible) or try to take in more calories to make up for the loss.
09-13-2013, 12:58 PM   #6
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I used Ox bile digestive enzymes for a while. My protein levels in my blood went up a couple of points while using them. That is the only measurable thing they did.

They can help if you have had your gall bladder removed if taken before meals.
Not sure whether papaya helps or not.

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They are simply my opinions.
09-15-2013, 05:05 PM   #7
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I take Rainbow Light Advanced Enzyme System, and they seem to work pretty well. I haven't experimented with other brands, so can't compare them to anything else. They're really nice because they contain a wide range of enzymes for digesting different types of food, and have extra ingredients such as ginger, peppermint, and turmeric to further improve digestion.
Crohn's Disease - Significant Narrowing in Ileum - 25 years old - Diagnosed '07
Lactose/Gluten Intolerance
Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Currently taking:
Whole foods multivitamin
Probiotics (including homemade sauerkraut and kombucha)
Digestive Enzymes
Sublingual B-12 spray
Tumeric Curcumin

Have taken:
Entocort - summer 2011/2013
Pentasta (up to 4g) - until 04/12/2011
09-18-2013, 07:29 AM   #8
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I have just started using digestive enzymes - just this week. I was really bad on Monday - in constant pain and lost count of the BMs, >15. I started taking a basic OTC enzyme called Enzyplex, and today and yesterday I had just one BM and no pain. I kept going to the toilet out of habit...and found there was no reason to be in there. Not sure if this is the silver bullet, but I have to say they work really well.
09-19-2013, 12:23 PM   #9
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My regimen of enzymes started on Monday and it has been peculiar. The first 2 days everything was going right through me like a SuperSoaker 5000. Day 3 was better and today was loosely formed.
08-05-2015, 07:32 PM   #10
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I started taking Bilex. It has ox bile and pancreatin. Those are animal derived which are supposedly more effective than vegetable based enzymes like betaine-hcl. I went with it after reading up on DrlWilson's article on GB-3: http://drlwilson.com/Articles/gb3.htm He mentions in several other articles that Bilex is another option.

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