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A 22-year-old female asked:

i have received antibiotics and probiotics, my doctor told me to drink the antibiotics every morning and every night, but he didnt tell me when i should drink the probiotics? please help

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Dr. Vijaya Sikand
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Probiotic: It doesn't matter which time of day you take the probiotic. Usually taking it once daily is OK.

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