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Doctor insights on: Keflex And Probiotics

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What's stronger keflex or cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

What's stronger keflex or cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

Neither: Both antibiotics are effective bactericidal drugs. Keflex causes time dependent killing while Cipro (ciprofloxacin) causes concentration dependent killing. The 2 drugs have different antibacterial spectrums. In general Cipro (ciprofloxacin) has better activity against gram negative bacteria like pseudomonas while Keflex is more active against gram positive bacteria like staph. And strep. Species.

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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I have had c.diff before and I am having awful diarrhea after taking keflex I have been taking probiotics but nothing is helping what should I do?

I have had c.diff before and I am having awful diarrhea after taking keflex I have been taking probiotics but nothing is helping what should I do?

See your physician: See your physician now who will do a test for C.diff toxin and start treatment for C.diff pending results. Probiotics may not prevent C.diff but the best probiotic to try may be Florastor.

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My doctor gave me an prescription of Keflex 500mgs. Can I take probiotics during that time?

My doctor gave me an prescription of Keflex 500mgs. Can I take probiotics during that time?

Probiotics: Yes.............our GI biomass is an up and coming field of study. Antibiotics can alter your normal gut flora and taking probiotics may prevent antibiotic induced diarhea

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Which probiotic works with keflex?

Which probiotic works with keflex?

Any: Probiotics in theory would work with any antibiotic. It are independent fsctors. Probiotics will try restore or maintain flora & GI environment. As well as try keep an anti oxidant balance

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Does it help to take a probiotic when also taking keflex?

Does it help to take a probiotic when also taking keflex?

Yes: You can take probiotics, but the Keflex will be counter-balancing them so it will be important to take them after you are done with your course of antibiotics to re-establish your beneficial bacteria in your gut.

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What strength (in billions) probiotic should I take while being on Keflex and Batrim? How do I look for one that actually works? Any Recommendations?

What strength (in billions) probiotic should I take while being on Keflex and Batrim? How do I look for one that actually works? Any Recommendations?

Probiotics: The highest quality probiotics will be found in the refrigerated section of the health food store. They will be in capsule or liquid forms. Look for one with a variety of strains. Employees or owners of these types of stores will likely be well educated regarding the products they sell and should be able to guide you towards the best choice.

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I am on Keflex (liquid) for a UTI. It is giving me an upset stomach, burning in my esophagus and nausea. I've been taking a probiotic. What can I do?!

I am on Keflex (liquid) for a UTI. It is giving me an upset stomach, burning in my esophagus and nausea. I've been taking a probiotic. What can I do?!

Stop it, call Doc.: This is not a very common problem with Keflex. Are you taking anything else? Call your doctor for another antibiotic, if this is the cause. The whole goal of a medicine is to make you better, not worse! Not every medication is right for everyone.

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I am a female, 40's, taking 250 mg of cephalexin for over 5 years 1x daily for cystic acne with probiotic. Should I be concerned with long term use?

I am a female, 40's, taking 250 mg of cephalexin for over 5 years 1x daily for cystic acne with probiotic. Should I be concerned with long term use?

I would: Antibiotics tend to lose effectiveness with time due to bacteria developing resistance to it. You don't mention how effective it's been for you, so more information in that direction may be helpful as well. Probiotic supplement is a must with the use of antibiotic, whether short or long term, but you may ask your derm doc if there are other options available in this day and age.

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My dr has me on cephalexin 500 mg 3x daily for a month for bacterial prostatis. Can u recommend a cost effective probiotic to avoid diareah?

My dr has me on cephalexin 500 mg 3x daily for a month for bacterial prostatis. Can u recommend a cost effective probiotic to avoid diareah?

See below: Any probiotic capsules that have over 30 million cfu per capsule should decrease the incidence of antibiotic associated diarrhea and c. Difficile colitis. I recommend vsl#3 which has over 100 million cfu of probiotic bacteria per capsule. (ps stop having unprotected sex unless you are monogamous and she wants to get pregnant and stop smoking if you want to be healthy.).

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Is keflex usually GI tolerant?

Is keflex usually GI tolerant?

An old stand by: Keflex has been around as an antibacterial almost since the first the beginning of medicine. It has withstood the test of time, and continues today to be effective against an array of bacterial organisms, but it's efficacy is failing against some of the newer "super bugs." still a good choice, still a first line drug, and yes it is usually GI tolerant, but everyone is an individual.

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Can keflex help with a uti?

Can keflex help with a uti?

Yes: Depends on the type of bacteria so one should check the culture result and antibiotic sensitivities.

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Will keflex take care of uti?

Will keflex take care of uti?

No: Keflex is not a good antibiotic for utis unless you know it will be active based on culture results. Many uti-causing bacteria are resistant to keflex.

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Can motrin be taken with keflex?

Can motrin be taken with keflex?

Yes: You can take Keflex with any form of Ibuprofen without significant drug interactions.

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Can I take motrin while on keflex?

Can I take motrin while on keflex?

Yes: There are no drug interactions between Motrin and keflex.

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Can I drink coffee while on keflex?

Can I drink coffee while on keflex?

Yes: Reasonable quantities of coffee - like 2 small cups - will be ok. Really, only large quantities of coffee may interfere with antibiotics like keflex. You don't need to stop coffee entirely while on keflex.

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Is keflex safe to take while pregnant?

Is keflex safe to take while pregnant?

Yes: It is a cephalosporin which is safe if not allergic to it.

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Allergic to penicillin can I take keflex?

Likely, not certain: The majority of people who are told they are allergic to penicillin are not actually so (they get rashes for other reasons, e.g.). Of those that are allergic, about 70% or more will lose the allergy after about 10 years. If you are still allergic, there is about a 10% chance of cross-reaction to 1st-gen cephalosporins like keflex. An allergist can perform testing to judge your risk for a reaction.

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Is amocollia or keflex easier on the kidneys?

Is amocollia or keflex easier on the kidneys?

As opposed to?: Did you mean Amoxicillin and Keflex? They are both safe for use in patients with decreased kidney function. Their frequency of use should be adjusted in advanced chronic kidney diseases!