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Are probiotics safe to take with my antibiotics?

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Dr. Cynthia Point
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Cynthia Point
Dr. Cynthia Point
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Dr. Jessica Davis
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

It may be helpful to separate the timing of the doses of antibiotic and probiotic by at least two hours if possible.
One particular strain of probiotic, saccharomyses boulardii, has been studied particularly for use during and after a course of antibiotics.

In brief: Yes

It may be helpful to separate the timing of the doses of antibiotic and probiotic by at least two hours if possible.
One particular strain of probiotic, saccharomyses boulardii, has been studied particularly for use during and after a course of antibiotics.
Dr. Jessica Davis
Dr. Jessica Davis
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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

When patients take antibiotics for infections such as helicobacter pylori, i often have my patients take probiotics.
Antibiotics can reduce the healthy natural flora in the gastrointestinal tract and probiotics can restore the flora.

In brief: Yes

When patients take antibiotics for infections such as helicobacter pylori, i often have my patients take probiotics.
Antibiotics can reduce the healthy natural flora in the gastrointestinal tract and probiotics can restore the flora.
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Often timeies, we have patients take probiotics with atibiotics so their bacteral load does not go too low/.

In brief: Yes

Often timeies, we have patients take probiotics with atibiotics so their bacteral load does not go too low/.
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

Yes probiotics are very safe to take with antibiotics and in fact i would recommend that all patients take these with antibiotics unless you have a significant allergy to them.

In brief: Yes

Yes probiotics are very safe to take with antibiotics and in fact i would recommend that all patients take these with antibiotics unless you have a significant allergy to them.
Dr. Kevin Considine
Dr. Kevin Considine
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Dr. Yoram Padeh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Yes

Probiotics are safe and even recommended to take with antibiotics.
However, they should be taken as far apart from the antibiotic doses as possible so the antibiotics do not kill the probiotics immediately. For twice-daily antibiotics (taken am and pm), lunchtime probiotics is ideal. For once-daily antibiotics (am or pm), probiotics should be taken at the opposite end of the day (pm or am).

In brief: Yes

Probiotics are safe and even recommended to take with antibiotics.
However, they should be taken as far apart from the antibiotic doses as possible so the antibiotics do not kill the probiotics immediately. For twice-daily antibiotics (taken am and pm), lunchtime probiotics is ideal. For once-daily antibiotics (am or pm), probiotics should be taken at the opposite end of the day (pm or am).
Dr. Yoram Padeh
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Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice

In brief: Yes

Probiotics are safe to take with antibiotics.
However, the antibiotics kill the probiotics so taking them after the antibiotic is complete may make them more effective.

In brief: Yes

Probiotics are safe to take with antibiotics.
However, the antibiotics kill the probiotics so taking them after the antibiotic is complete may make them more effective.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Dr. Pierre Semrani
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

Probiotics have many benefits; especially while taking antibiotics and for a short while thereafter. They would help repopulate your intestines with the "good bugs" that may get affected with the needed antibiotics.
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In brief: Yes

Probiotics have many benefits; especially while taking antibiotics and for a short while thereafter. They would help repopulate your intestines with the "good bugs" that may get affected with the needed antibiotics.
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Dr. Pierre Semrani
Dr. Pierre Semrani
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