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Antibiotics Vs Probiotics
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
While taking a course of an antibiotics, how far (hours) should you space taking a probiotic so that it doesn't effect the antibiotic or visa versa?
Hours: If you are taking antibiotics you should take your probiotic several hours later, but.... There is a probiotic that isn't killed by antibiotics because it is a nontoxic form of yeast. It is called sacromyces boulardii. You can take that with antibiotics and it will prevent you from getting candida. ...Read more
Yes: Probiotics are given to patients who are receiving antibiotics because they have been shown to decrease the incidence of antibiotic associated diarrhea and possible decrease the incidence of c. Difficile colitis. You can take them both at the same time but it would be better if you took the probiotics 1 hour before or 2 hours after taking the antibiotics. ...Read more
Yes, wise to take!: It's wise to take probiotics while on antibiotics to prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea ; yeast overgrowth;if you wait til after it might be too late! take sacchromyces boulardii (florastor), a probiotic yeast that can be taken at the same time ; at least 20 billion acidophilus/bifidus, best after a meal but not at the same time as the antibiotic(though antibiotics don't always kill probiotics). ...Read more
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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