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Can probiotics cause constipation?

Can probiotics cause constipation?

Not likely: Probiotics help restore the good bacteria in the gut that aid the digestive process. They should not cause constipation. Make sure you drink adequate amount of fluids also. ...Read more

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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If i take probiotics everyday for awhile, will i become dependent on them. Im just curious if i were to stop taking them, could it cause constipation?

If i take probiotics everyday for awhile, will i become dependent on them. Im just curious if i were to stop taking them, could it cause constipation?

No dependency.: if you decide to take probiotics,your body will not become dependent on them, and you can stop them at any time with no problems. Except in unusual clinical circumstances, however, regular use of probiotics hasn't been shown to improve your health. Since there doesn't seem to be many potential side effects, deciding to take probiotics is a personal choice. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am on zyprexa & took a probiotic which made me go poop. I stopped the probiotic & now can't go poop for 5 days. Did the probiotic cause constipation?

I am on zyprexa & took a probiotic which made me go poop. I stopped the probiotic & now can't go poop for 5 days. Did the probiotic cause constipation?

No: It was likely the zyprexa causing the constipation. You probably need to take a laxative like miralax to have a bowel movement then get back on the probiotic. Also make sure you are drinking enough fluids. Taking a fiber supplement may help as well. ...Read more

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Will probiotics help with constipation?

Will probiotics help with constipation?

Some strains tend to: There are many strains of probiotics. Research shows some strains can help constipation:http://bit.Ly/1dpcmvs i recommend probiotics to patients with constipation. If one type doesn't help try another. Diet & exercise can help too. Many with constipation have magnesium deficiency, hypothyroidism &/or intestinal candidiasis. See http://huff.To/15mbzao, http://bit.Ly/1dpai09 & http://bit.Ly/14aneey. ...Read more

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What's the best probiotic for constipation?

What's the best probiotic for constipation?

A few: Lactobacillus rhamnosus, bifidobacterium lactics, bifidobacterium infantis, lactobacillus plantarum, lactobacili. ...Read more

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Which probiotics should I take on a daily basis to decrease my constipation?

Probiotic: There are many good products. The ones that work have to survive the stomach acid so the beneficial bacteria can make it alive into the colon area. Looks for brands that say acid resistant or formulated to resist stomach acid. One probiotic that survives stomach juices is theralac (google it). You may try different ones. Be sure to drink lots of water everyday. ...Read more

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Would taking probiotics help with chronic constipation?

Would taking probiotics help with chronic constipation?

Probiotic research: indicates that they help w/constipation. Here's a summary: "slowed “gut transit time” by 12.4 hours, increased the number of weekly bowel movements by 1.3, and helped soften stools," Dr. Ohira's brand is a well-respected one. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can i take a probiotic for constipation while also taking a decongestant without side affects?

Can i take a probiotic for constipation while also taking a decongestant without side affects?

OK to take together.: There should be no problem with this combination. There are plenty of meds that can be used to treat constipation. If you are still having trouble may want to consider one of the more standard therapies. ...Read more

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Best way to treat severe constipation? Have tried probiotics, 3 litres of h2o, fiber, & exercise. Seem to be getting worse not better.

Best way to treat severe constipation? Have tried probiotics, 3 litres of h2o, fiber, & exercise. Seem to be getting worse not better.

Moderation is good: You're on the right track. Eating a balanced diet that includes fiber, drinking lots of water and exercise is the first step. If your exercise is too vigorous, though, you can get dehydrated, which can worsen the constipation. Certain meds can cause it, also. If those measures don't work well enough, prunes or apple juice or pectin products like jelly beans or even nuts can help. Try meds last ...Read more

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Hi, i am 26 yrs old and suffering from constipation, please can u suggest good quality multivitamin with minerals.and Probiotics types.thanks a lot.

Hi, i am 26 yrs old and suffering from  constipation, please can u suggest good quality multivitamin with minerals.and Probiotics types.thanks a lot.

Vitamins: A good multivitamin is a good idea. It's like an insurance policy for when we don't eat right, don't sleep well, or are especially stressed. Go to a good store or get some guidance because the popular brands are typically very week and not helpful. The dose (read label and check that half or more of the ingredients are several 100 per cent above RDA. Dose more important than a long list. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to take saccharomyces boulardii probiotic tablets while prone to constipation?

Is it a good idea to take saccharomyces boulardii probiotic tablets while prone to constipation?

Saccharomyces: probiotic has been evaluated prospectively in several clinical trials, and seems to have efficacy in a limited number of conditions. However, constipation is not one of them. That being said, taking saccharomyces will not worsen your constipation. ...Read more

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Will probiotics help with constipation and abdominal bloating? Which one should I use?

Will probiotics help with constipation and abdominal bloating? Which one should I use?

A trial of: a Probiotic preparation is certainly worth it but at your age I would suggest a GI evaluation to rule out more specific issues which could cause the symptoms you describe! We do not recommend a specific preparation on Health Tap however your Pharmacist may be able to suggest an effective OTC preparation. Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Constipation problems. I've tried everything. Laxatives. Fiber. Change in diet. Probiotics. Chiropractic adjustments.

Constipation problems.  I've tried everything.  Laxatives.  Fiber. Change in diet. Probiotics. Chiropractic adjustments.

Other basics: Do you try to move bowel twice a day, after breakfast and dinner, at least 5 minutes, regardless the result? Do you drink plenty of fluid including juices containing large amount of soluble fibers such as apple or prune juice? Have you consulted with your doctor( to rule out neurologic conditions and hirschsprung disease)? ...Read more

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Would it be a good idea to try a probiotic supplement since I suffer from constipation & digestive problems? I'm on Linzess.

Would it be a good idea to try a probiotic supplement since I suffer from constipation & digestive problems? I'm on Linzess.

Pro mean with: and bio means life. Probiotics help the GI system digest food. Anti means against. So, if one takes excessive antibiotics (which are sometimes needed) they can kill off the good bacteria in our GI systems and we can have digestive problems. This can happen w/out antibiotics at times too. So, the probiotics replace the good bacteria that are missing or low. Peace and good health. Try and see. ...Read more

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3 month old with enlarged ureters, on chronic amoxicillin. 2nd round of thrush and now starting to have constipation. Is there a probiotic to use?

3 month old with enlarged ureters, on chronic amoxicillin.  2nd round of thrush and now starting to have constipation.  Is there a probiotic to use?

Lactobacillus.: Though some will recommend the use of any probiotic strain or those in yogurt, lactobacillus rhamnosus (especially lactobacillus gg) is one of the more extensively studied probiotics and may offset side effects associated with antibiotics.The fact that your child is on antibiotics suggests that the level of kidney involvement is significant, therefore continue to take the antibiotics as suggested! ...Read more

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What is the best probiotic for irritable bowel syndrome with both constipation and diahrrea?

What is the best probiotic for irritable bowel syndrome with both constipation and diahrrea?

Align: That is the one that i would try 1st but i must admit, m-ibs is at times vexing to treat. ...Read more

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Which probiotic strain would you recommend for IBS-C or chronic idiopathic constipation? And how much of it?

Which probiotic strain would you recommend for IBS-C or chronic idiopathic constipation? And how much of it?

Please do not: Think that higher numbers of probiotics are better or a specific type is best. It safer to look for MIXED probiotics. The refrigerated are generally stronger because they are more alive. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Constipation (Child) (Definition)

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