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Hives After Taking Probiotics
Doc, safe to take a pill of probiotic everyday? Can it cause hives, allergies and any other side effects? I had high IGe. Any relation to probiotics?
Usually: Most people can tolerate probiotics but extremely high doses can cause gastrointestinal upset. I am not aware of any link to hives or allergic diseases. In fact, there are studies showing that probiotics may lower the chance of developing eczema for infants. Do note that not all probiotics are created equal and different strains may be needed for different folks- thus no universal good guy. ...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
How much alcohol?: Simply put, alcohol kills bacteria. Most probiotics are good bacteria. Since you haven't quantitated for us your alcohol intake (a glass, a gallon? ; monthly, daily?) its hard to know the actual impact your consumption may have relative to your ability to metabolize the alcohol & rate of GI transit. To be safest, don't drink excessively (no more than 1 a day)--that's good advice for anyone! ...Read more
Some conditions (such as antibiotic use, travel) can change the normal balance of bacteria/yeast. Probiotics are used to improve digestion and restore normal flora.
Probiotics can cause increase in stomach gas or Bloating
Sometimes, Probiotics may cause Infection or Allergic reaction ...Read more
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
Possibly: Anything which alters the intestinal microbial content can effect vit k levels and therefore Coumadin (warfarin) dosing. It is common for inr levels, which are used to monitor coumadin (warfarin), (warfarin) to rise with antibiotics. Probiotics have the potential to increase intestinal vit k levels and reduce the effectiveness of coumadin (warfarin). If you are on Coumadin (warfarin) you should check with your doc before taking them. ...Read more
2 different issues: (1) Zantac (ranitidine) is an inhibitor of nerve impulses from brain to upper 2/3 stomach to secret hydrochloric acid; can ↓ secretions by about 100 fold, out of million fold range. (2) Probiotics are concentration of microorganisms/bacteria believed to be beneficial to healthier intestinal function as part of the human biome. Confusion between the two different issues? ...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
Pills won't work: Probiotics are for your bowels, not beath. Hygiene and food choice are your real solutions. Brush and floss (correct technique, ask dentist) each morning and night. Reduce your sweets & refined carbs (chips, soda, cookies, bread, gravy, etc), eat more vegetables and whole grains like brown rice. If no improvement after a week, see your doctor to rule out other medical causes. ...Read more
I have a problem with loose bowels, so should I start taking a probiotic that is supposed to help?
Depends on cause: Constant diarrhea needs to be evaluated. It may be related to a food allergy, inflammation, or infection. First rule out serious disease before self-treating. Also, not all probiotics are alike and taking the right one can make a difference. Look for at least 1 billion colonies and at least several different strains of bacteria. ...Read more
Can u take a probiotic when taking metforman, glipazide, lisinnopril? Does probiotic affect any meds?
Generally Safe: Probiotics are live microorganisms and have a long history of use without causing illness in 'healthy' people. Probiotics' safety has not been thoroughly studied scientifically. Probiotics' side effects, if they occur, tend to be mild and digestive (such as gas or bloating). More serious side effects have been seen in some people depending on their associated health conditions. ...Read more
I am taking Aciphex-20 two times. Can I take Schiff Digestive advantage probiotic also? Please answer.
Yes but two AcipHex (rabeprazole) 20 mg a day is a lot: I think a better question would be why do you need this much abdominal medication. A large dose of the medication could impair your magnesium and give you more problems than you started with. Perhaps some lifestyle changes would be good. I suggest avoiding alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine as well as any specific food that upsets your stomach. If you are overweight consider substantial weight loss. ...Read more
I had parasites for six months and I have been taking probiotics to recover for 3 weeks, what's a good amount of time to be on them?
No one knows: Like many questions which people commonly aske, the issues are complex plus people routinely supply far too little information to even make a possibly reasonable guess. For example: age? Previously known health/disease issues, what foods normally eaten, what parasites, how acquired, how treated, how verified to no longer be present, etc. I? If known that any probiotics are likely to be of value? ...Read more
On average how long does it take for a probiotic pill to take effect after taking it? By effect I mean when it will reach your large colon?
18-30 hrs: This is called vowel transit time and it is normally 18-30 hours ...Read more
I gather that slippery elm should be taken two hours after medication. Does the same thing apply to taking it two hours after probiotics/kefir?
Slippery: I am unaware of any source that recommends that slippery elm interferes with kefir or probiotics. ...Read more
Been taking culturelle for almost a month now, when I finish I'm thinking about switching to align, good idea to switch probiotics? For variety?
Yes...: Culturelle and align, though both probiotics, have different properties. Culturelle contains exclusively lactobacillus species of bacteria. Align has a variety of bacteria with the main component bifidobacterium which has been proven in studies to be a more hardy probiotic species. Go ahead and make the switch. Good luck! ...Read more
Hello, I started taking Jamieson Probiotic 10 billion active cells recently, and since then I've been constipated. Is it normal? Worried now! Ty
Probiotics: Although very hyped, there is currently little proof at this time that probiotics provide substantial health benefit, except in specific circumstances. Therefore, if you have side effects from a particular product, I would stop it. Consider adding extra fiber to your diet. When you do, be sure to drink extra liquid too. If you go back to probiotics, consider a different product. Good luck. ...Read more
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?
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
If I take probiotics everyday for awhile, will I become dependent on them. I'm 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
I started taking a probiotic 2 days ago and now I have cola colored urine is that one of the side effects and if I stop taking them when can I expect?
Is it ok to take a probiotic while on nexium (esomeprazole), (esomeprazole) if so when is the best time to take probiotic pill, before or after taking nexium (esomeprazole)?
Yes: I'd take it in the morning. Typically Nexium (esomeprazole) is best taken at night (basal levels of acid are highest at night, so Nexium (esomeprazole) should have its greatest effect, so the theory goes...). So if you take the probiotic during the day, direct effects of either substance on the other is minimized. ...Read more
Possibly: Doxycycline is a broad spectrum antibiotic which has the capacity to alter your normal bowel flora (types of bacteria) and to promote the outgrowth of other organisms. Clostridium difficile colitis can be a life-threatening disease. The probiotic may help to prevent this, but many of the organisms in probiotics will be killed by Doxycycline so it may be a double-edged sword. Hard to predict. ...Read more
Dose dependent: I'm not aware of side effects. I suggest taking less than 10 billion per day for maintenance. Higher if you're sick. ...Read more
Yes: Hold it for few days and see....... ...Read more
Maybe. . .: Urine color & odor changes w/what & how much you consume. Asparagus is a classic example as some people will notice strong urine odor after consuming this vegetable. Urine will appear deeper yellow when dehydrated and more pale & clear when hydrated. However, taking high dose vitamins can often discolor urine making it deep yellow regardless of hydration, leading many to report expensive urine. ...Read more
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