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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
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Does eating yogurt while taking Biaxin make antibiotic less effective?

Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
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Does eating yogurt while taking Biaxin make antibiotic less effective?

No: it has no effect.

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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I have bacterial vaginosis. I got an antibiotic from my doctor, but I have been eating yogurt and it has been helping. Should i still take the antibiotic?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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I : I would ask the doctor who prescribed it. There are some serious bacterial infections. Regular yogurt has predominantly dead cultures. To get good probiotic levels think of kefir, greek yogurt and otc probiotics. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Does calcium interfere with amoxycillin and clarithromycin? In addition, I am taking xantax . I have h pylori. I was eating activia greek yogurt to prevent getting a yeast infection while on antibiotics. If it does interefer with antibiotics, what else ca

Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Does calcium interfere with amoxycillin and clarithromycin? In addition, I am taking xantax . I have h pylori. I was eating activia greek yogurt to prevent getting a yeast infection while on antibiotics. If it does interefer with antibiotics, what else ca

Yes it does: Calcium compounds should be taken 1 hour before or 2 hours after any other medication, since they can complex with the drugs and reduce or delay absorption. If you just take it at the times above, it shouldn't cause you any problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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What does "cultured yogurt" mean? I know what yogurt is but is there a certain brand or kind i look for when buying this to take after antibiotics?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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What does "cultured yogurt" mean? I know what yogurt is but is there a certain brand or kind i look for when buying this to take after antibiotics?

No difference: Cultured and pro-biotic are advertising terms. Take yogurt if you like, it will not do any harm. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Martin Fried
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My wife is on antibiotics which have caused a lot of diarrhea. What can we do to reduce this symptom? Already taking lots of yogurt.

Dr. Martin Fried
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My wife is on antibiotics which have caused a lot of diarrhea. What can we do to reduce this symptom? Already taking lots of yogurt.

Probiotics: Consider a probiotic that contains both lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacter. Consult with your physician for additional testing to rule out c difficile infection as a cause of diarrhea. ...Read more

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Dr. DeWayde Perry
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Is it correct that yogurt is antibiotic and probiotic at the same time?

Dr. DeWayde Perry
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Is it correct that yogurt is antibiotic and probiotic at the same time?
Dr. Gerardo Guerra Bonilla
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Can I take antibiotics with (at the same time) yogurt or probiotic drinks ?

Dr. Gerardo Guerra Bonilla
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Probiotics: Right now, researchers are studying whether probiotics can help fight or prevent infections in the stomach or intestines, including a serious infection called Clostridium difficile (also known as “C diff”). I routinely give my patients probiotics when antibiotics are given. There are no contraindication to take them at the same time. ...Read more

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
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Wnen somebody has to be on antibiotics, is there anthing to do to minimize 2ndary c dif possibility (yogurt? Supplements? Etc.)

Dr. Sidney Vinson
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Wnen somebody has to be on antibiotics, is there anthing to do to minimize 2ndary c dif possibility (yogurt? Supplements? Etc.)

Florastor: The probiotic florastor, a yeast based probiotic containing a saccromyces species, has been shown to decrease the risk of recurrent c-diff and is a reasonable choice for prevention during antibiotic treatment, along with good hygeine practices. ...Read more

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Dr. George Klauber
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I have prostatitis and taking Levofloxacin 500 mg. Can i take dairy products like yogurt and milk while taking this antibiotic?

Dr. George Klauber
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I have prostatitis and taking Levofloxacin 500 mg. Can i take dairy products like yogurt and milk while taking this antibiotic?

Yes you can: Yogurt with live culture is an excellent probiotic & worth taking in conjunction with an antibiotic. Ideally at least an hour before or after. ...Read more

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Dr. Farrah Ahmad
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While taking antibiotics, would consuming foods, such as yogurt, would affect the outcome of treatment?

Dr. Farrah Ahmad
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While taking antibiotics, would consuming foods, such as yogurt, would affect the outcome of treatment?

No: Actually yogurt has lactobacillus that can prevent diarrhea that happens because of antibiotic use. ...Read more

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