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A 38-year-old female asked:

Just given flagyl for possible c-diff colitis. i am also on. vsl#3 probiotics. can i take these together?

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Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Caution: Yoy have a clinical diagnosis of c diff. You started flagyl. Take caution with vsl#3 it is a probiotic. It may be safe but is not evaluated. Tell your doctor and your pharmacist you're taking it. After Flagyl youre hoping to re-establish normal flora in the colon. Safer to try yourgurt.
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Dr. Scot Lewey
Dr. Scot Lewey commented
Gastroenterology 38 years experience
VSL#3 is the most clinically studied probiotic. It has been used to treat C.difficile. Studies indicate that probiotics can and probably should be taken simultaneously with antibiotics. I believe not only can you take together but it may be the most current best practice to do so. It is a progressive approach some physicians not familiar or comfortable with yet however.
Sep 18, 2013
Last updated Jun 18, 2022


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