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Doctor insights on: Eating Yogurt With Antibiotics

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Dr. John Leander Po
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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


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Had alot of antibiotics this year for illness. Since eating yogurt daily, bm's have been more solid/regular. Can the yogurt be helping?

Had alot of antibiotics this year for illness. Since eating yogurt daily, bm's have been more solid/regular. Can the yogurt be helping?

Probably not: Despite common advice online and elsewhere, there is no evidence that yogurt helps intestinal problems. It does not repopulate missing bacteria; the kinds of bacteria in yogurt do not survive in the intestines. The improvement in your intestinal function probably is just natural recovery from the antibiotic treatment. OTOH, yogurt certainly isn't harmful. If you like it, feel free! ...Read more

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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?

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?

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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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.

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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Can I take antibiotics with (at the same time) yogurt or probiotic drinks ?

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