Probiotics and antibiotics

Posted: July 30, 2013 in Immune system, Viruses

probioticsProbiotics come in many forms, including foods such as yogurt, capsules, powders, and liquids. The various foods and supplements contain one or more of dozens of different probiotic organisms. Each is thought to have its own benefits. Specific probiotic organisms appear to be effective for particular illnesses, so choosing the right kind is crucial. Many questions remain about the best way to take these remedies. The most convincing evidence for probiotics comes from studies of infectious diarrhea. In 2008, an expert panel at Yale University reviewed available evidence and gave an “A” grade to probiotics for the treatment of childhood infectious diarrhea.
As many as two in five children develop diarrhea after taking oral antibiotics. Many adults also develop diarrhea related to taking antibiotics. The reason: Because these powerful drugs target bacteria in general, they can disrupt populations of beneficial microbes. Findings from several investigations show that probiotics taken before a course of antibiotics may help prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Organisms that may be helpful: Saccharomyces boulardii, Lactobacillus GG, combination of Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Streptococcus thermophilus.

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