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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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How long do I take a probiotic for antibiotics, a few days beyond the antibiotics?

How long do I take a probiotic for antibiotics, a few days beyond the antibiotics?

That's good: I usually recommend taking probiotics for 5 days after the completion of an antibiotic course. There is no science behind this, just my anecdotal clinical experience. ...Read more

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How long does it take probiotics to fully work? I have been on two courses of antibiotics and have been diagnosed with ibs?

How long does it take probiotics to fully work? I have been on two courses of antibiotics and have been diagnosed with ibs?

Varies: Probiotics alone may not be the only answer. You may have a gluten problem and may have to change your diet to gluten free. Everyone reacts differently to these changes and it may take one person longer than another to see results. I would see a dr. Well versed in nutrition. Stress is also a source of ibs triggers. ...Read more

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How long after finishing a course of antibiotics should someone take a probiotic supplement? Is it safe to take probiotics every day , sick or not?

How long after finishing a course of antibiotics should someone take a probiotic supplement? Is it safe to take probiotics every day , sick or not?

Generally, yes: I usually recommend starting the probiotic supplement with the course of antibiotics. If you are not having diarrhea after the course of antibiotics, you can stop them. Some people take probiotics routinely, though this is probably not necessary. You can also help maintain a healthy digestive system by eating yogurt. ...Read more

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How long after taking antibiotics should one take probiotics, and what number billion bacteria count is suggested?

How long after taking antibiotics should one take probiotics, and what number billion bacteria count is suggested?

No one knows but...: No one can answer with certainty but an analysis of 63 research studies show an impressive 42% reduction in diarrhea secondary to antibiotics, a very common problem. However, these studies used different strains & doses. I advise taking mixed strains with at least 10 billion microbes for a month after antibiotics; take during treatment too, when sacchromyces boulardii is esp. Helpful.See comment:. ...Read more

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I had antibiotic associated diarrhea bad after being on 2 differnt Antibiotics. Been on probiotics. How long before I can take antibiotics again?

I had antibiotic associated diarrhea bad after being on 2 differnt Antibiotics. Been on probiotics. How long before I can take antibiotics again?

Depends : The answer depends on many factors. Did you have an infection with C. difficile? How severe? Which antibiotic contributed to your infection? What is the severity of the new illness requiring antibiotics? Will it need to be treated with the same antibiotic that gave you troubles before? As you can see, the answer is complex, and will need to be addressed by your physician at the time. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can I take probiotics after finishing my antibiotics?

Can I take probiotics after finishing my antibiotics?

Yes: It is helpful in restoring the healthy normal bacteria that are part of the intestinal flora. ...Read more

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Can you take probiotics with antibiotics?

Absolutely: 19 year old lady with a question about taking probiotics during a course of oral antibiotics. You can take probiotics during your antibiotic therapy. The probiotic will not stop the antibiotic from being absorbed and doing its job. In addition, probiotics are beneficial in reestablishing the balance that may or may not be disturbed by the antibiotics. I recommend taking the probiotic 1 hr after. ...Read more

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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