How do you take probiotics during antibiotic treatment?


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Most product labels recommend taking at least two doses of probiotics a day, according to U.S. News & World Report. Certain strains of probiotics are more effective than others for repopulating the good bacteria destroyed by the antibiotics, and taking a healthy dose of live cultures is important as well.

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Choosing the best probiotic to prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea and Clostridium difficile is the most important step when taking probiotics with antibiotics, explains U.S. News & World Report. Some of the recommended probiotics to take with antibiotics are Saccharomyces boulardii lyo, also known as Florastor, and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG. Since Saccharomyces boulardii lyo is a yeast instead of a bacteria, the antibiotics don't kill it as it makes its way to its destination. Studies also have shown that it is one of the most beneficial probiotics for preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, however, is effective for preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhea in both adults and children. Generally, it���s recommended to take a cocktail of strains of probiotics, which means that mixing the two is beneficial.

Probiotics bottles usually contain anywhere between 1 billion colony-forming units to 10 billion per dose, but since there is no doctor-approved recommended amount, it is best to follow the instructions on the bottle, according to U.S. News & World Report. The probiotic cultures should be live cultures. Some cultures are freeze dried and activate once swallowed, while others have to be refrigerated. Don���t take them with hot liquids such as coffee or tea, which might kill the cultures.

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