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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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Ok let me try again... 8 weeks 2 days pregnant almost finished with course of Flagyl will probiotics help BV from coming back and is it safe. Thanks!

Ok let me try again... 8 weeks 2 days pregnant almost finished with course of Flagyl will probiotics help BV from coming back and is it safe. Thanks!

Yes: Probiotics are safe in pregnancy. Taking antibiotics can interfer with the healthy bacteria in your intestines and cause you to be more prone to intestinal issues. Probiotics are meant to restore normal intestinal bacterial. It is possible that taking probiotics will decrease the chance of bv, but I know of no studies asking that question. Since BV comes from intestines it's reasonable to try. ...Read more

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Just given Flagyl for possible c-diff colitis. I am also on. Vsl#3 probiotics. Can I take these together?

Just given Flagyl for possible c-diff colitis. I am also on. Vsl#3 probiotics. Can I take these together?

Caution: Yoy have a clinical diagnosis of c diff. You started flagyl. Take caution with vsl#3 it is a probiotic. It may be safe but is not evaluated. Tell your doctor and your pharmacist you're taking it. After Flagyl you're hoping to re-establish normal flora in the colon. Safer to try yourgurt. ...Read more

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Stools look normal now, still smell really weird. Been off Flagyl abt a month. But smell started before then anyway. Yogurt for probiotics didn't help?

Stools look normal now, still smell really weird. Been off Flagyl abt a month. But smell started before then anyway. Yogurt for probiotics didn't help?

Needs recheck: Metronidazole or Flagyl is normally used to treat Clostridium difficile colitis, Which is an opportunistic infection, usually caused by antibiotic usage. However, there are other causes of infectious diarrhea other than Clostridium difficile colitis. For persistent diarrhea, additional tests maybe needed, including fecal leukocytes, stool ova and parasite tests. Consult physician may be needed. ...Read more

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Taking Flagyl and cipro (ciprofloxacin) for diverticulitis. Should I take probiotics at same time? Can I eat nuts and seeds now or after symptoms (pain) goes away?

Taking Flagyl and cipro (ciprofloxacin) for diverticulitis. Should I take probiotics at same time? Can I eat nuts and seeds now or after symptoms (pain) goes away?

Probiotics are safe.: Probiotics will not affect your antibiotic treatment for diverticulitis and are safe to take. I would avoid eating anything with seeds or nuts as these may get stuck in a diverticulum and cause a flare of diverticulitis. Risk of recurrence is drastically reduced by removing the diseased part of the colon. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take a probiotic while on antibiotics? Currently on cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl for ulcer

Is it ok to take a probiotic while on antibiotics? Currently on cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Flagyl for ulcer

Yes: For some taking probiotics while on antibiotics can lower the risk of antibiotic associated diarrhea. It would certainly be appropriate to continue probiotics for a few weeks after the antibiotics to help recolonize the gut with good bacteria. If you need a specific brand, align is a good daily over the counter probiotic. ...Read more

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Took cipro/flagyl for 2wks. For suspected sibo. Felt great while on it. Now the gas is coming back. Which probiotic should I begin? 38/male.

Took cipro/flagyl for 2wks. For suspected sibo. Felt great while on it. Now the gas is coming back. Which probiotic should I begin? 38/male.

SIBO, documented?: Treatment is often offered empirically when sibo (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) is suspected. However symptoms recur when the antibiotics are gone. Is this due to underlying ibs, regrowth of bacteria (or resistant ones!), parasites, altered GI transit, or something else? Bifidobacter-containing probiotics may reduce gassiness, a xifaxan (rifaximin) trial may help, but evaluation is best pursued now. ...Read more

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If I took a probiotic while taking antibiotics like Flagyl will it decrease my risk or stop me from getting a yeast infection after I'm done?

If I took a probiotic while taking antibiotics like Flagyl will it decrease my risk or stop me from getting a yeast infection after I'm done?

YES: Yes, that is one of the main reasons to take probiotics. I advise all my patients take probioitics both during and after antibiotic therapy and feel every doctor should do so as well; it is irresponsible to not do so!
along with acidophilus and bifidus it is wise to take sacchromyces boulardii, a probiotic yeast proven to reduce the incidence of antibiotic-associated diarrhea. ...Read more

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Which probiotic strain is best for post antibiotic (flagyl-cipro) therapy of sibo. Also highly lactose intol. Sibo symptoms returned very quickly.

Probiotics: There are several high potency probiotics available, such as klaire complete, and orthobiotic, two of my favorites. A good post antibiotic restorative probiotic should have at least 4 strains of acidophillus and bifido bacteris, and a friendly competitor for candida, like florastor. Ortho biotic has all of those in one supplement. The other thing to look for is billions of cfu (cocloies). ...Read more

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Immune system low after 2 bad throat infections. Would probiotic bio kult and vitamin d help me. I feel like I have the flue. And Flagyl was so strong?

Immune system low after 2 bad throat infections. Would probiotic bio kult and vitamin d help me. I feel like I have the flue. And Flagyl was so strong?

Flue: Before you go looking for medicines please see your doctor for a physical exam and lab studies.
Of the items you listed vitamin D is a safe and inexpensive over the counter medicine and you could take 1, 000 or 2, 000 units a day and quite low expense (less than labs). ...Read more

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Can you take probiotics when on ciproflox and metronidazole?

Can you take probiotics when on ciproflox and metronidazole?

Yes. What sxs to fix?: Your choice of probiotics may depend on what symptoms you have, & how long you are on antibiotics. Also, different probiotics work in different ways. Lactobacillus and acidophilus grow rapidly to crowd out "bad" bacteria, bifidobacter helps reduce "gas", and sacchromyces boulardes retards the growth of clostridum difficile and has the added advantage of being relatively antibiotic resistant. ...Read more

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When should you take the probiotics when taking the antibiotics ciciprofloxacin and metronidazole?

When should you take the probiotics when taking the antibiotics ciciprofloxacin and metronidazole?

Both during & after: I advise taking probiotics both during & after antibiotic therapy. It is wise to take sacchromyces boulardii (like florastor) during treatment to prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea & yeast overgrowth & a high potency acidophilus/bifidus (at least 20 billion bacteria) both during treatment and for 2-4 weeks afterwards. ...Read more

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I'm on antibiotics. 200mg metronidazole 3 x daily. Is it safe to additionally drink probiotic 'yakult' in addition to a probiotic pill?

I'm on antibiotics. 200mg metronidazole 3 x daily. Is it safe to additionally drink probiotic 'yakult' in addition to a probiotic pill?

Probiotics: Have shown mixed results in studies but pills or drinks like yakult have lactobacillus which can help restore the natural flora of the GI tract. Some people prefer to substitute yogurt or other lactobacillus containing foods for probiotic foods or decrease the amount of the probiotic pill and take a combination of lactobacillus food plus probiotic pill. ...Read more

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Is it okay to give my baby probiotic drink (yakult), she has diarrhea for 2 weeks now. She's taking 3 cotrimoazole, metronidazole and co-amoxiclav.

Is it okay to give my baby probiotic drink (yakult), she has diarrhea for 2 weeks now. She's taking 3 cotrimoazole, metronidazole and co-amoxiclav.

Poor Baby: Wow, this is a lot of antibiotics! Please double check with your prescribing doctor on these doses, especially the amoxiclav, this is the one that is most notorious for diarrhea. Yes, you may give her a probiotic. If she is more than two or three days away from the last dose, please bring her back to the doctor for a check, given the length of diarrhea, and to check her weight. ...Read more

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What is Flagyl tablets used for?

Antibiotic: Usually use to treat colon infection such as diverticulitis or c diff colitis. ...Read more

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Can Flagyl treat the diarrhea?

Sometimes: It really depends on what is causing the diarrhea. Flagyl is used to treat diarrhea due to Clostridium Difficile. There are better choices (such as Zithromax) to treat bacterial diarrhea when you don't know what is causing it. Antibiotics only help if the diarrhea is caused by bacteria. It won't help for food poisoning or non-bacterial types of diarrhea. ...Read more

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Can pregnant women take Flagyl?

Metronidazole: Use during 1st trimester for trichomoniasis is not recommended. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can lactating mothers take Flagyl?

AAP & Flagyl: Metronidazole (Flagyl) is rated by the AAP as a drug whose effect on infants is unknown, but it may be of concern because older studies found its use in pregnancy to be associated with mutagenicity. Nevertheless, the amount transferred to the infant through breast milk is much lower than the therapeutic dosage for infants, and no adverse effects have been reported from exposure through breast milk ...Read more

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How do fish zole and Flagyl differ?

Both same Metronidaz: Both are Metronidazole same antibiotic different brand name. Fish-zole is used in fish and birds and Flagyl used in humans. ...Read more

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Is the antibiotic (flagyl) necessary?

Is the antibiotic (flagyl) necessary?

Depends: It may or it may not be necessary, depends on what you use it for. (It usually used to treat certain types of infection). ...Read more

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Metronidazole (Definition)

It's an antibiotic used to treat infections such as bacterial vaginosis or a type of ...Read more