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Doctor insights on: Should You Take Probiotics On An Empty Stomach

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Is better to take probiotics with food or at empty stomach?

Is better to take probiotics with food or at empty stomach?

Experiment with both: Apart from certain probiotics such as saccharomyces boulardii, in clinical testing, most probiotics are inconsistent in their effectiveness in restoring normal intestinal flora functioning. Though pre-meal dosing may work in some people, a post-mealtime dose may work on others. In most cases, it doesn't harm the patient- but is it worth the extra health resource dollars? That'is debatable. ...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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Should probiotic taken on empty stomach or after meal for best result?

Should probiotic taken on empty stomach or after meal for best result?

Not entirely clear.: Your question is a good one. Most manufacturers of probiotics simply direct you to take one tablet daily. Others state it should be taken at the start of a meal. In my practice, I have patients take it with food as I see less gastrointestinal symptoms. ...Read more

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My stomach is always bloated and gassy. I would like to take probiotic I went to GNC but not sure which is good for me, can you recommend?

My stomach is always bloated and gassy. I would like to take probiotic I went to GNC but not sure which is good for me, can you recommend?

Read the label: Look for brands that have multiple strains of bacteria, an easily visible expiration date, & a tablet or capsule formulation that enables the Bactria to get past the acid stomach & to the intestine. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Does it make sense to take acid blockers and probiotics together to ease stomach burning and digestion?

Does it make sense to take acid blockers and probiotics together to ease stomach burning and digestion?

Yes the: Probiotics replenish the colon to help it digest better and the acid blocker works in the stomach to stop the burning ...Read more

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Can kids on stimulants take probiotics for stomach aches?

Can kids on stimulants take probiotics for stomach aches?

Probably: Generally, there is no problem using probiotics when taking stimulants. However, if the probiotics acidify the stomach (like citrus does) then the medication may not work as well. ...Read more

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I've had diarrhea for 3 years. Daily. Stool cultures are normal. Abdominal scan normal. Don't eat gluten, dairy or processed food. I take probiotics.

I've had diarrhea for 3 years. Daily. Stool cultures are normal. Abdominal scan normal. Don't eat gluten, dairy or processed food. I take probiotics.

Need a workup: With your diabetes and hashimoto's, you may have an uncommon entity called autoimmune exocrine pancreatitis. This is a call for your physician. Whipple's, mild cystic fibrosis, a vipoma, a gastrinoma, menetrier's, and a few dozen other entities need to be ruled in or out. Trust you are HIV negative. ...Read more

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Sometimes have lower right stomach discomfort. Also cough up white smelly ball. Will probiotic work as PCP says to take one daily?

Sometimes have lower right stomach discomfort. Also cough up white smelly ball. Will probiotic work as PCP says to take one daily?

Won't hurt but...: Causes of recurrent abdominal discomfort as described may be identified by first addressing signs/symptoms so as to localize the organ involved: in women: vaginal discharge or bleeding, alteration in periods, pregnancy risk? Fever, nausea, vomiting, altered stool pattern, blood with stool, tenderness, distension? Painful urination, blood in urine? Recent trauma, herniation? Stressors? Other risks? ...Read more

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Just had big dental surgery and finished 7 days of amoxicillin. May it be wise to take probiotics to increase good bacteria for an unsettled stomach?

Just had big dental surgery and finished 7 days of amoxicillin. May it be wise to take probiotics to increase good bacteria for an unsettled stomach?

Yes to Probiotics: "pro"-biotics put good organisms into your gut (unlike "anti"-biotics which kill bacteria) & include: lactobacillus, acidophilus, bifidobacter, sachromyces boulardes, to name a few. Most are available over-the-counter & need to be taken daily to maintain the probiotic organism population. Benefits include: less gas, regulated bowels, prevent infections, improve digestion, decrease inflammation. ...Read more

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Doc said I have ibs.29yr male. Lower stomach grumbles after food. Have lost muscle. Milk egg wheat cause prob. Which probiotic tab and protein shld I take?

Probiotics can be: Helpful but it's best to get a food sensitivity lab test. Great Plains Lab in Kansas has a good one. Conventional tests are more yes/no, but not as good for level of sensitivity. Wheat and dairy are often the offending foods. Get a probiotic w/a variety of strains in it rather than trying to find the strongest number. Yogurt is a drop in the ocean. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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No bm in 8 days. Take daily probiotics, stool softeners, & miralax (polyethylene glycol). Stomach looks large and in some pain. What should I do? Have appt w GI dr this wk.

No bm in 8 days. Take daily probiotics, stool softeners, & miralax (polyethylene glycol). Stomach looks large and in some pain. What should I do? Have appt w GI dr this wk.

GI good idea: It sounds like you are doing all the things that you should on your part. You may could ask your gi, if apt not until later in week, if they would be ok with you trying a fleet enema, (sodium bisphosphate) but with colitis (depending on the type), you really should have that discussion with your GI doc....Sooner than later. ...Read more

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Cod liver oil okay to take? I have a shellfish allergy. Also double q. Are probiotics good for fungus on tongue or yeast overgrowth in stomach?

Cod liver oil okay to take? I have a shellfish allergy. Also double q. Are probiotics good for fungus on tongue or yeast overgrowth in stomach?

Cod liver oil OK: There are 5 main groups of seafood: bony fish (cod), crustaceans (shrimp), bivalves (clam), cephalopods (squid), gastropods (squid). There is cross-reactivity within each group but rarely between groups, so cod is ok with shellfish allergy. Probiotics are healthy but have minimal effect on mouth fungus (thrush). Most experts feel stomach fungal/yeast overgrowth doesn't exist. ...Read more

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How can I help stomach ache/pain from antibiotic usage? I've taken CVS Brand probiotics, but no relief. Can I take tums/pepto? Any other suggestions?

How can I help stomach ache/pain from antibiotic usage? I've taken CVS Brand probiotics, but no relief. Can I take tums/pepto? Any other suggestions?

It depends...: ...a lot on the particular antibitoic (s) you are taking. Some can be taken with food or antacids to reduced stomach upset, but there are a few for which antacids may reduce absorption and effectiveness. Also, severe pain or diarrhea could mean a serious side effect that needs treatment. Contact the doctor or clinic where the antibiotic was prescribed. ...Read more

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Had gastric bypass 3 yrs ago, past 2 months been hungry a lot. Irregular, constipated, bloating take probiotic. Today pain off /on, is it stomach virus?

Had gastric bypass 3 yrs ago, past 2 months been hungry a lot. Irregular, constipated, bloating take probiotic. Today pain off /on, is it stomach virus?

Gastric bypass: It seems as if things went OK for three years and now it has changed. Without too much delay please discuss this with your primary doctor.
Perhaps more importantly, you must see a Psychologist regarding your depression and anxiety. Things will get better but not overnight.
You will do fine! Please keep me posted. ...Read more

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I get severe gut trouble with erythromycin, if I take probiotics, will this problem be prevented, ie; loose stool & stomach pain? Thanks

I get severe gut trouble with erythromycin, if I take probiotics, will this problem be prevented, ie; loose stool & stomach pain? Thanks

Maybe not...: As suggested in the prior answer, Erythromycin is a pro-motility drug that alters stomach contractions. Probiotics, despite their benefits in general, will likely not help your particular problem since they may be inhibited by your taking erythromycin. Probiotics best utility is in supporting & supplementing the colonic flora. ...Read more

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Will a probiotic pill upset my stomach?

Will a probiotic pill upset my stomach?

Shouldn't: It can be thought of as similar to a protein supplement (albeit a special kind). If other proteins don't upset your stomach, neither should probiotics. Can also usually take with some food (bread, fruit, etc.). ...Read more

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Can probiotics make your stomach and bowels upset?

Yes: Probiotic formulations vary and should have different types of "good" bacteria that are found in healthy intestines. But each person is different and has a unique balance of many kinds of bacteria, not just those few found in probiotic formulations. Adding probiotics can help correct a deficiency, but if there wasn't a problem to begin with, a short term imbalance might be created, causing upset. ...Read more

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Can probiotics from kombucha survive in my stomach?

Can probiotics from kombucha survive in my stomach?

Kombucha--watch out!: Kombucha tea is made by fermenting sweetened black tea with a flat, pancake-like culture of yeasts and bacteria called the "kombucha mushroom." different kombucha brews may contain different types. Since cultures ; preparation methods vary, kombucha tea may contain contaminants such as molds and fungi, some of which can cause illness. See: http://www.Cancer.Org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more