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do probiotics reduce the effectiveness of antibiotics

A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beth Florini
27 years experience Family Medicine
No: When taking antibiotics, I recommend patients take their probiotic supplements 3-4 hours before or after the antibiotic dose. The antibiotic may kill ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Not a big worry: Commonly used antibiotics should not be a problem, except for rifampin. There are very few commonly used medications or supplements that interfere wit ... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Basics: C.diff is an opportunist bacteria that you ingest. In some that have taken antibiotics that have killed off the balance of bacteria that live passivel ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cornelius Oleary
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Absolutely: 19 year old lady with a question about taking probiotics during a course of oral antibiotics. You can take probiotics during your antibiotic therapy. ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Juan Richiusa
18 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yogurt: 1 yogurt a day will help you recolonized the intestine.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
35 years experience Pediatrics
No: In fact there is some evidence that taking probiotics with the antibiotics may decrease the incidence of antibiotic associated diarrhea.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig Aronchick
43 years experience Gastroenterology
Probiotics: The best studied probiotic is VSL3#. This is OTC, you donot need the prescription strength.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Side effects are: still possible but use of probiotics can reduce risk of thrush. Take care.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
54 years experience Neurosurgery
Different things: Antibiotics kill or inhibit bacterial growth. Some probiotics are actually bacterial colonies such as in yogurt that promote valuable bodily functions ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Ein
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: Probiotics are given to patients who are receiving antibiotics because they have been shown to decrease the incidence of antibiotic associated diarrhe ... Read More
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