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antibiotics and probiotics

badger2012-05-12 15:21:00 +0000 #1
whenever I took antibiotics in the past, I've always taken probiotics because I'd end up with an yeast infection.

My boyfriend is doing a course of antibiotics to treat a long standing skin condition and yesterday was complaining of feeling poor so I gave him some probiotics. Out of curiosity I googled "when to take probiotics when taking antibiotics" and apparently it's a bit contentious to actually take probiotics. One camp says it interferes with the antibiotic's efficacy, and the other says as long as it's taken sufficiently away from the time you consume the antibiotics there's no harm.

I've never thought that it would even be an issue to take probiotics while taking antibiotics, my doctor's always told me to take them to prevent GI disruption and yeast imbalance.

What are your thoughts?
TsPoet2012-05-12 15:34:54 +0000 #2
well, it is sort of like filling up your pot of boiling water with ice as fast as it starts boiling, LOL.

But, antibiotics usually win out and the probiotics are generally meant for the GI tract specifically.

Are his antibiotics topical? If so, then I would think it would work fine. If they are oral, then take them a few hours apart so the antibiotics have a chance to absorb through the GI tract.

He could also try active yogurt instead of the probiotics, for many people that works well, too.
badger2012-05-12 15:57:18 +0000 #3
they're oral, and he was actually eating half a tub of yogurt every morning for breakfast long before he started and it still affected his gut. He does have stomach issues, too, so I'm not surprised but he has to take the antibiotics for 30 days so it's going to be a very long month.
indysteel2012-05-12 15:52:30 +0000 #4
I honestly didn't know until reading your thread that there was a question of interference. That said, there are some oral antibiotics that I simply cannot tolerate or tolerate for very long unless I take a probiotic at the same time. So, unless I was dealing with a resistant strain of something and had been on more than one round of antibiotic, I think I might be willing to just take that risk.

While I was in law school, I went through a period where I was in a ton of GI distress. I was bloated and gassy like nobody's business. It was awful. At the time, I thought that maybe I'd developed a lactose intolerance. I cut out dairy and eventually felt better. In retrospect, I tend to think that a round of antibiotics I took during an UR infection was the culprit. That didn't dawn on me until years later when I experienced similar distress after being treated for a sinus infection. I'm now pretty religious about taking probiotics while using most antibiotics.

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