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When You Should Stop Taking Probiotics
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
Perhaps, But ......: Since anti=against + bio=life + tic=thing are poisons, killing or suppressing whatever organisms are susceptible/sensitive to them, helpful or harmful, then your idea makes good sense. Unfortunately, large comparative clinical trials to help define/refine relative success vs. Failure are lacking, thus your own personal clinical trial(s) and guesses are the dominant evidence. ...Read more
Diarrhea : Speak to the prescribing physician regarding your complaint. Often such side effects will resolve with time. If they persist, your physician may advise adjusting the dose, when you take the medication, or possibly a different antidepressant if the side effect is severe. In some cases if the antidepressant is working very well it may be worth adding an agent to treat the complaint. ...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
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
As soon as Dx made.: If you are an adult and already diagnosed having osteoarthritis you may. I am not aware glucosamine may prevent the disease. Remember that in the USA we have conflicting reports. Read the article in wikipedia.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/glucosamine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Im taking ginkgobiloba+ginseng, its working great.Will this effect stay constant if i keep taking them or will i need to start taking higher dosages?
Probiotics Use: I commend you for your desire to have good Health. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for digestive system. Probiotics can be helpful for • Irritable bowel syndrome • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) • Infectious diarrhea (caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites) • Antibiotic-related diarrhea ...Read more
Echinacea: Based on the current literature, it appears that prophylactic echinacea does not have a significant impact on the frequency, severity, or duration of upper respiratory infection. The data regarding treatment of upper respiratory infection appear to support a modest positive effect. As such, it is reasonable to stop taking echinacea after cold symptoms abate. ...Read more
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