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Probiotic (Definition)

Probiotics, by definition, are beneficial bacteria that live in our intestinal tract to help us maintain health intestines and colon. There are several species of these bacteria that are helpful to us including lactobacillus acidophilus. The meats we eat contain antibiotics that kill our natural bacteria that reside in our gut. Today, you will replace these ...Read more


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I'm on antibiotics. 200mg metronidazole 3 x daily. Is it safe to additionally drink probiotic 'yakult' in addition to a probiotic pill?

I'm on antibiotics. 200mg metronidazole 3 x daily. Is it safe to additionally drink probiotic 'yakult' in addition to a probiotic pill?

Probiotics : Have shown mixed results in studies but pills or drinks like yakult have lactobacillus which can help restore the natural flora of the GI tract. Some people prefer to substitute yogurt or other lactobacillus containing foods for probiotic foods or decrease the amount of the probiotic pill and take a combination of lactobacillus food plus probiotic pill. ...Read more

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I'm resistant to metronidazole will taking azithromycin help metronidazole in curing bv?

I'm resistant to metronidazole will taking azithromycin help metronidazole in curing bv?

Bacterial vaginosis: Azithromax usually dies not work against anerobes anf does little when added to flagyl ...Read more

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Can you buy ceftriaxone rocephin antibiotic over the counter?

No: No it is sold by prescription only. Also, it is only given intravenously or intramuscularly. ...Read more

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Is probiotics a goodthing to takeafter taking doxycycline?I developed gastritis n GERD.Heard probiotics repopulates bacteria.Any bad probiotic effects

Is probiotics a goodthing to takeafter taking doxycycline?I developed gastritis n GERD.Heard probiotics repopulates bacteria.Any bad probiotic effects

Probiotics: Most people don't need probiotics after taking a course of antibiotics, since the normal bacterial flora of the gut repopulates rapidly after stopping antibiotics. If you have a history of C. difficile, it may be useful to take probiotics, however. Otherwise, studies do not support their routine use. Having said that, there are not usually many side effects, if you do decide to try them. Good luck ...Read more

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In case of recurrent UTI/diarrhea problem, can usage of Saccharomyces Boulardii probiotic and Cranberry juice cause harm & cause UTI again?

In case of recurrent UTI/diarrhea problem, can usage of Saccharomyces Boulardii probiotic and Cranberry juice cause harm & cause UTI again?

Take as directed: As long as you take the probiotics as directed, they should not cause harm and they may help your diarrhea. Cranberry juice may help to prevent UTIs but still get evaluated by your doctor to find the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Can you use antibiotic ointment while taking valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Can you use antibiotic ointment while taking valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Yes, BUT: There is no benefit to such use. Mupirocin is good for impetigo. Otc antibiotic ointments are of no benefit. Valtrex (valacyclovir) is generally used for 1 or 2 doses for herpes. No antibiotic helps herpes. ...Read more

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Will a regimen of azithromycin and doxycycline treat chronic bacterial prostatitis on a par with cipro (ciprofloxacin) or levaquin?

Will a regimen of azithromycin and doxycycline treat chronic bacterial prostatitis on a par with cipro (ciprofloxacin) or levaquin?

Not necessarily.: Each antibiotic you mentioned has its own profile of bacteria that it is effective against. If your chronic prostatitis is caused by a bacteria that is resistant, treatment will fail. A culture of the bacteria, with antibiotic sensitivity data is therefore key to treating the infection. Before culture results are known, details of your history will guide antibiotic choice. ...Read more

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Can clindamycin HCl 300 mg capsule be use for bacterial vaginosis bv?

Can clindamycin HCl 300 mg capsule be use for bacterial vaginosis bv?

Yes/Off label use: Yes Clindamycin 300mg twice daily for 7 days is an effective alternative to Metronidazole for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis caused by gardnerella vaginalis. It is important that a proper diagnosis be made by your doctor. Be sure to complete the antibiotic course. Common side effects include diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea/vomitting. Report any uncontrollable diarrhea/severe abdoninal pain. ...Read more

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Will taking a probiotic together with amoxillcillin antibiotic ease the diarrhea & stomach cramps ?

Yes: Evidence shows that probiotics ease symptoms of antibiotic associated diarrhea. Caution though: are the symptoms really antibiotic associated, and what is the quality of the probiotic? Because probiotics are considered a food rather than a drug and are therefore not regulated by the FDA, you have to check that what's on the label is really in the bottle. Hope that helps ...Read more

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Can t drink cranberry juice with vancomycin, nystatin, fluconazole, omeprazole, align probiotic?

Can t drink cranberry juice with vancomycin, nystatin, fluconazole, omeprazole, align probiotic?

Cranberry juice: ONLY WARFARIN SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN WITH CRANBERRY JUICE. NO KNOWN INTERACTION WITH OTHERS. WARFARIN IS THE GENERIC NAME FOR COUMADIN, (warfarin) JANTOVEN AND OTHERS. ...Read more

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I habe diarrhea doctor give medicatn Ciprofloxacin and Tinidazole & lactic acid bacillus & Rabeprazole....is it safe use of lactic acid bacillus??

I habe diarrhea  doctor give  medicatn
Ciprofloxacin and Tinidazole  &  lactic acid bacillus & Rabeprazole....is it safe use of lactic acid bacillus??

Safe, +/- helpful: Your doctor is trying to protect you against disruption of intestinal bacteria by the antibiotics. Lactobacillus is one of those treatments that seems to make sense for this purpose, but rarely is helpful. However, it won't hurt, and you should follow your doctor's advice. ...Read more

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Yeast infection on Augmentin while breastfeeding. Safe to take fluconazole with 1d left of antibx? Or Monistat -1,3 or 7? Taking dexilant, (dexlansoprazole) probiotic

Yeast infection on Augmentin while breastfeeding. Safe to take fluconazole with 1d left of antibx? Or Monistat -1,3 or 7? Taking dexilant, (dexlansoprazole) probiotic

Safe: Fluconozole is generally considered safe to use during breastfeeding. I would ask your OB/GYN or Family Doctor to make sure they agree with that before taking the medication (did the prescribing doctor realize you were breastfeeding?). Monistat is also safe. ...Read more

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Have to on low dose augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) to prevent utis i get. Will taking strong probiotics prevent c-diff and crohns, or antibiotic associated diarrhea?

Have to on low dose augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) to prevent utis i get. Will taking strong probiotics prevent c-diff and crohns, or antibiotic associated diarrhea?

Maybe: Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is a pretty broad spectrum antibiotic. See if the doc can give you a narrower abx. I would definitely take probiotics but that may not prevent cdiff. Crohn's does not come from taking augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate). ...Read more

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Im allergic to both flagyl & clindamycin. Can i use the naturaal remedies such as peroxide douching or yogurt tampons for bv?

Im allergic to both flagyl & clindamycin. Can i use the naturaal remedies such as peroxide douching or yogurt tampons for bv?

Sorry, won't work: Unfortunately, these won't work. And douching, with peroxide or anything else, is a very bad idea, especially for BV. It can flush bacteria into the tubes and increase the risk of PID. Check with your doctor whether truly allergic and could safely take metronidazole or clindamycin. Vaginal boric acid capsues are another possible option. Best to see a doc highly experienced in BV and infections. ...Read more

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Can you tell me when taking antibiotics for strep throat ( amoxicillin ) should I take a multi-strain probiotic?

You Can but?: You can take multi strain probiotics but possibility that supplemental probiotics really benefit in replacing be good bacteria in the gut.Is unknown it is assumed that antibiotics will kill the harmful and beneficial bacteria, and reduction in beneficial bacteria can lead to digestive problems like diarrhea, yeast infections and urinary tract infection you can if you believe this hypothesis. ...Read more

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Can you get SIBO after taking antibiotics with probiotics?

Can you get SIBO after taking  antibiotics with probiotics?

Possibly: depends on type antibiotic, diet, underlying medical conditions, etc. More important than actual overgrowth is likely type (e.g., gas or toxin-formers) or diversity of bacteria, which can be altered greatly w antibiotics. Probiotics and good prebiotics (diet fostering good bacteria) daily would be helpful in general, and avoid unnecessary use antibiotics. ...Read more

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What probiotic pill may I take with my Cipro (ciprofloxacin) antibiotic?

What probiotic pill may I take with my Cipro (ciprofloxacin) antibiotic?

Natural probiotics: I believe 'natural' probiotics are better than pills. My personal favorite is yogurt - which these days comes in many brands and formulations like yogurt drinks. If you're not a yogurt fan, there is sour cream, (raw) sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha. With cipro, (ciprofloxacin) the major side-effects are nausea, diarrhea, weakness of tendons, and dizziness. If you take yogurt, separate the dose of Cipro (ciprofloxacin) from it. ...Read more

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Treated for antibiotic-induced colitis. Do I need to supplement with probiotics?

Treated for antibiotic-induced colitis. Do I need to supplement with probiotics?

You can try....: Apart from certain probiotics such as saccharomyces boulardii, in clinical testing. Most probiotics are inconsistent in their effectiveness in restoring normal intestinal flora functioning. It may work in some people, but not in others. In most cases, it doesn't harm the patient- but is it worth the extra health resource dollars, is debatable. ...Read more

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How long after antibiotics will it take to replenish my gut with probiotics? And is 100 billion day a good amount?

How long after antibiotics will it take to replenish my gut with probiotics? And is 100 billion day a good amount?

Probiotics: are best taken 30 minutes prior to a meal or with a meal that has some fat content. Peace and good health. Dr. Ohira brand is a good one. Look for multiple strains in the product rather than the amount of each strain. Peace and good health. Two to four weeks will likely do the job. Your diminished symptoms will let you know. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with oral thrust do not take antibiotics, not HIV, and take probiotics regularly. How did I contract this?

Diagnosed with oral thrust do not take antibiotics, not HIV, and take probiotics regularly. How did I contract this?

Oral thrush: Oral thrush is caused by candida albicans which is a fungus.Some common factors are smoking, pregnancy and systemic illnesses. . Stop smoking (if you are), change your diet to drastically reduce carbohydrates,avoid white breads, potatoes, rice. Avoid high fructose foods.Eat lots of green/yellow/red vegetables. Try this approach before meds. Rinse mouth with a diluted 3% hydrogen peroxide. ...Read more

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How long does it take probiotics to fully work? I have been on two courses of antibiotics and have been diagnosed with ibs?

How long does it take probiotics to fully work? I have been on two courses of antibiotics and have been diagnosed with ibs?

Varies: Probiotics alone may not be the only answer. You may have a gluten problem and may have to change your diet to gluten free. Everyone reacts differently to these changes and it may take one person longer than another to see results. I would see a dr. Well versed in nutrition. Stress is also a source of ibs triggers. ...Read more

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I am thin and I would like to gain some weight. I also took high dose of antibiotic last month. which probiotic is good for weight gain?

I am thin and I would like to gain some weight. I also took high dose of antibiotic last month.  which probiotic is good for weight gain?

Probiotics: are best taken 30 minutes prior to a meal or with a meal that has some fat content. Peace and good health. Dr. Ohira brand is a good one. No need to change them unless they are not helpful to you. Look for multiple strains in the product rather than the amount of each strain. Increase protein intake to strengthen muscles. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I've heard probiotics can be harmful to those with weakened immune systems. I'm getting over bronchitis - can I take them? Not on antibiotics.

I've heard probiotics can be harmful to those with weakened immune systems. I'm getting over bronchitis - can I take them? Not on antibiotics.

Should be okay: Probiotics are organisms, not "good or bad", that supplement your colonic flora. Peer review literature shows 1 in 4 patients treated are clinically improved with probiotics. Different probiotics benefit different symptoms. Probiotics are generally harmless, but they are not a panacea ; their use should not substitute for a good medical evaluation followed by appropriate directed therapy. ...Read more

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How long after finishing a course of antibiotics should someone take a probiotic supplement? Is it safe to take probiotics every day , sick or not?

How long after finishing a course of antibiotics should someone take a probiotic supplement? Is it safe to take probiotics every day , sick or not?

Generally, yes: I usually recommend starting the probiotic supplement with the course of antibiotics. If you are not having diarrhea after the course of antibiotics, you can stop them. Some people take probiotics routinely, though this is probably not necessary. You can also help maintain a healthy digestive system by eating yogurt. ...Read more

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How many billion CFU does a probiotic need to be effective when taking antibiotics? What about general maitenance? I see anywhere from 1.5 to 30 Bill

How many billion CFU does a probiotic need to be effective when taking antibiotics? What about general maitenance? I see anywhere from 1.5 to 30 Bill

These are important!: The qualities of a good probiotic are the number of good bacteria per capsule and the number of species of good bacteria! 10 billion with ten strains is what to try for! Would be hard to overdose. Some have 50 billion good bacteria, but you pay for it! ...Read more

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What probiotic is good for candida yeast gnc 50 ultra 50 probiotic complex or gnc multi strain probiotic conplex 10 billion cfus ? Plz suggest me thx.

What probiotic is good for candida yeast gnc 50 ultra 50 probiotic complex or gnc multi strain probiotic conplex 10 billion cfus ? Plz suggest me thx.

Probably won't help: No probiotic is likely to be effective in treating a yeast infection. If that's what you have, you need treatment with a proper anti-yeast antibiotic. However, if you're talking about "systemic" candidasis, it's an urban myth; there is no such thing, and no treatment makes any difference. Discuss with a scientifically trained physician. Good luck! ...Read more

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My BV keeps coming back. I've been diagnosed twice in 3 months and I can tell it's back now. Antibiotics work but symptoms return. I use probiotics. ?

My BV keeps coming back. I've been diagnosed twice in 3 months and I can tell it's back now. Antibiotics work but symptoms return. I use probiotics. ?

Lots of causes: There are lots of reasons for a woman to have recurrent BV; tight clothing, stress, medication use, STDs, etc. I would advice going to your FP or OB/gyn for further evaluation and testing to make sure you are really dealing with BV ...Read more

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What are some pros/cons of ultraflora probiotics after being on antibiotics?

All pros but...: We have trillions of friendly bacteria in our GI tract. Antibiotics kill many of these ; allow yeast ; unfriendly bacteria to overgrow. Ultraflora is a high-quality probiotic that will help to replenish some of the healthy flora killed by antibiotics. There are no cons except it may not be enough to fully restore your flora ; it's wise to not wait til after antibiotics but to take during ; after. ...Read more

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Should u take probiotics after taking antibiotics?

Should u take probiotics after taking antibiotics?

Yes: Probiotics have been shown to help decrease antibiotic associated diarrhea and abdominal pain. The probiotic that has been studied the most with this regard is saccharomyces boulardii. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more