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Antibiotics Vs Probiotics
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. The probiotic will not stop the antibiotic from being absorbed and doing its job. In addition, probiotics are beneficial in reestablishing the balance that may or may not be disturbed by the antibiotics. I recommend taking the probiotic 1 hr after. ...Read more
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
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
Different things: Antibiotics kill or inhibit bacterial growth. Some probiotics are actually bacterial colonies such as in yogurt that promote valuable bodily functions. Different bacteria are either sensitive to or resistant to antibiotics. Probiotics are often prescribed to correct antibiotic-induced diarrhea. ...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
The probiotic dose: And duration of treatment isn't known for sure. However, if you use a probiotic, you should start it at the same time as you start the antibiotic. Probiotic species like Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium & Sarcomycetes are perfectly safe to ingest as long as you have a healthy immune system. We just don't know if they're effective in preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhea. ...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
How to choose right probiotic to take? Recently took alot of antibiotics and was told I should take them
No single best: This is like asking what is the best drug for hypertension or the best wine. There is no single best brand and different brands work best for given individuals and conditions. Here are independent ratings of many brands- all rated A or A- are excellent: https://labdoor. Com/rankings/probiotics A different ranking: http://tinyurl. Com/zxlsalj I also like OrthoBiotic from Orthomolecular Products. ...Read more
Should I take probiotics 2-3 hours before antibiotics or should I take them after? What would be the best?
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 and no: When u take the antibiotics, wait a couple of hours to take the probiotics, otherwise the antibiotics will kill the probiotics. The way I tell patients is "if you take the antibiotics at 8 in the morning and 8 in the evening, take the probiotics at noon and bedtime." I am available for consultation on HealthTap for various issues. H Robert Silverstein M.D. FACC. Recommended reading www. Thepmc. Org ...Read more
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