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Probiotics + Antibiotics = ?

I am being forced to take antibiotics for a nasty infection. I want to take them while doing the least harm to all of the awesome, healthy bacteria in my system (especially since I just got rid of a nasty YI!). This is probably going to sound absolutely idiotic, but will taking probiotics while on the antibiotic treatment help, or do I need to wait until I am done with the antibiotics to start on the probiotic regimen?

Thanks in advance for all of your answers!

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heathrow
Apr. 18th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, it will help to take probiotics while you are taking antibiotics.
heatherbell26
Oct. 30th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
Actually its good for you to start taking probiotics, yes its true antibiotics kill all bacteria, but if you start now taking it,it will help you after you finish your meds. but you have to continue taking probiotics for several days later. another good thing to take which is what my whole family is on is VEMMA this also builds up immune system and puts back all the minerals and vitamins we dont replenish everyday or put back into our bodies, you can check out this site to verify but i can tell you my 9 month old is doing much better after taking probiotics and Vemma together.
www.myvemma.com/heatherwilliams trust me i wouldnt put anything harmful in my body or put it in my childs, try it
pateo
Apr. 18th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Eat some yogurt too. I just got off antibiotics and it helped me out.
rainbow
Apr. 18th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
yes, probiotics will help. you just have to stagger the times a bit and take the probiotics 1-2 hours after a dose of antibiotics. you can also take them every couple hours after that, but not at the same time as the antibiotics (you CAN take them then, it's not harmful to you, but iirc the antibiotics will knock out most of the probiotics too if you take them at the same time.)

i eat lots of extra raw fermented foods like saurkraut and kimchi and kombucha (must be raw, not pasturised) to help fight infections, too.
karmahappens
Apr. 18th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
I think it's kind of a waste to take probiotics while you're taking antibiotics. Think about it... you're taking probiotics to replace what the antibiotics are killing off in your gut. Pharmacologically, the anti's are going to maintain pretty much a steady level of drug in your bloodstream for as long as you're taking them (that's the goal of the dosages and frequencies, after all), so they're going to kill off any dose of pro's that you take. I would just wait until after you finish off your entire course of anti's to start taking the pro's.
kateherself
Apr. 18th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
IAWTC

(oops. guess i should stay away from the acronyms)

Edited at 2008-04-18 11:04 pm (UTC)
mellybrelly
Apr. 19th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
If I don't take probiotics with antibiotics, I get a yeast infection. My physician recommended I take probiotics. :) I was told to take them in the evening away from my antibiotics. I'm not sure why, but I know the difference between taking them or not, on my body.
cknights
Apr. 18th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
I don't think it will help while you are taking the antibiotics. In the first place, probiotics have a difficult time being integrated into your system, and with the added effect of antibiotics I think it would be even harder. You should take them after, or maybe while you are tapering off the antibiotics to get a good head start.
matteldoll
Apr. 19th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
Doctors recommend taking probiotics when you're on an antibiotic treatment. I'm surprised your doctor hasn't mentioned it, with your previous yeast infection and all.
zellandyne
Apr. 19th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
My doctor recommended taking probiotics while on antibiotics. In fact, that's what I've been doing for the last week. I've been taking bio-k while on Amoxicillin. Just went off the amox. and am continuing the probiotics.

I can tell you that even while on the antibiotics, I saw positive effects from the probiotics. Within a day of starting on the probiotics, my acne started clearing out. So, clearly, they're still having an effect on my system even while I've been on the antibiotics. Even if the antibiotics are killing off the probiotics (which I'm not sure of), it's still a good idea to keep repopulating your body with the good stuff.
cpufem
Apr. 19th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
omg, i was asking EVERYONE this question last week!!!!!! sorry, i had to say that.

a family member who is a nurse gave me the go-ahead on eating activia yogurt while on antibiotics. the antibiotics were giving me some nasty intestinal issues and the activia helped me in a matter of 2 days.

it is good stuff!
kittyface
Apr. 20th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
It's utterly pointless to take probiotics when taking antibiotics. The antibiotics destroy all the good bacteria you are putting in. It's a waste - take them afterwards.
heatherbell26
Oct. 30th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
probiotics and vemma
Actually its good for you to start taking probiotics, yes its true antibiotics kill all bacteria, but if you start now taking it,it will help you after you finish your meds. but you have to continue taking probiotics for several days later. another good thing to take which is what my whole family is on is VEMMA this also builds up immune system and puts back all the minerals and vitamins we dont replenish everyday or put back into our bodies, you can check out this site to verify but i can tell you my 9 month old is doing much better after taking probiotics and Vemma together.
www.myvemma.com/heatherwilliams trust me i wouldnt put anything harmful in my body or put it in my childs, try it
itealaich
Oct. 30th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
Re: probiotics and vemma
Six months too late and a product placement short. Thanks for playing.
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