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A family member is taking vancomycin for c. Diff. Is there any contraindication of taking probiotics during the antibiotic course (taken hours apart).

A family member is taking vancomycin for c. Diff. Is there any contraindication of taking probiotics during the antibiotic course (taken hours apart).

Choose carefully...: Most probiotics would not survive the antibiotics designed to kill c.Difficile. On the other hand, sacchromyces boulardis (florastor, ; other brands) may prove helpful as an adjunct to therapy ; it will resist most anti-bacterial drugs. ...Read more

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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Can i take probiotics and antibiotics at the same time during the day?

Can i take probiotics and antibiotics at the same time during the day?

Yes: Probiotics are given to patients who are receiving antibiotics because they have been shown to decrease the incidence of antibiotic associated diarrhea and possible decrease the incidence of c. Difficile colitis. You can take them both at the same time but it would be better if you took the probiotics 1 hour before or 2 hours after taking the antibiotics. ...Read more

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Hello should i take probiotics whilst taking antibiotics, and how should i space the time between between taking them.

Hello should i take probiotics whilst taking antibiotics, and how should i space the time between between taking them.

Depends how U use it: Erythromycin is best not on an empty stomach, and probiotics usually go well with right before you eat. So, you could space them apart. You may want to take double or triple the probiotic dose while you're on the antibiotics as it will wipe out your natural gut flora. And you should take it daily anyways on an ongoing basis, but at lower amounts just for gut health. ...Read more

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When replenishing good bacteria during/after antibiotics, which is better -- probiotic supplements or increasing intake of yogurt, kefir, etc.?

When replenishing good bacteria during/after antibiotics, which is better -- probiotic supplements or increasing intake of yogurt, kefir, etc.?

Little difference: Probiotics have had a lot of good press in recent years, but scientific proof behind them is weak. Yogurt or kefir probably will have no effect; theie bacteria do not survive in human intestines. None of these will do any harm; use whatever works best for you. But you don't need to do much; normal bacteria will repopulate naturally in a few weeks, with no special treatment. ...Read more

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Could vaginal probiotics during the antepartum period and intrapartum antibiotics at l&d prevent chorioamnionitis and subsequent complications?

Could vaginal probiotics during the antepartum period and intrapartum antibiotics at l&d prevent chorioamnionitis and subsequent complications?

Chorioamnionitis: In general, vaginal probiotics and antibiotics during labor can reduce the risk of chorioamnionitis. If there is a concern based on precious pregnancy outcomes, this questions should be discussed with the treating obstetrician. ...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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Are probiotics safe to take with my antibiotics?

Are probiotics safe to take with my antibiotics?

Yes: But they may not help too much. It is sometimes helpful to take probiotics after antibiotics, to assist your digestive tract in returning to good function. ...Read more

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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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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