Fifth Week–Packaging Issues
I’m into the second four-week sample of Align, the probiotic from Procter & Gamble that has a patented new strain of the “good bacteria.” The big news is that I can’t cope with the “days of the week” blister packaging! I just grabbed one and tore it open at the regular time in my day. It was a Wednesday, and I grabbed a Sunday or a Friday, so of course I couldn’t keep count of how many I had taken. If I had a choice, I would use the vial of capsules.
What this kind of packaging does, though, is underline that Align is something to be taken every single day. It is definitely NOT a medicine that you take when you feel bad and have symptoms. Instead, it is a supplement, to add something that your body needs. In order to be work, you need a constant supply, every day. Okay, so you don’t suddenly feel sick if you miss a day–should I try that experiment, just so I can report on it? If you go away for a weekend and leave your Align (or other PRObiotic) at home, and you have been taking it for a while, it’s no big deal to miss a couple of days.
Stop for Antibiotics?
Taking antibiotics for any reason does kill the bacteria. The jury is still out on whether you take both, or stop the probiotic. This isn’t covered in the FAQ at aligngi.com, the–now slick and glossy and attractive–Align probiotic website. I will look for more information and report back.
Otherwise, my tummy has had a good week. So have I. They do seem to go together a lot of the time, don’t they? There is a problem with–take your pick–acid reflux, GERD, heartburn, or erosive esophagitis. This problem is NOT different from taking the NSI PRObiotic. I am now taking both Prilosec and Zantac 150mg tablets twice a day, to manage the whatever-it-is-going-to-be-called.
Reminder: For commenters on any article who do request it, the promoters of Align have given me a $5 coupon code to distribute. I’m giving it out to blog readers who write in with comments on any post, and let me know that they want the promotional coupon code.