Antibiotics, Diarrhea and Probiotics

Researchers at the Universities of Chapel Hill and Chicago, respectively, recommend pairing probiotics with antibiotics in an opinion piece here 

When you prescribe an antibiotic for a 45-year-old patient with Helicobacter pylori, he worries that the medication will cause diarrhea. Should you recommend that he take probiotics?

More than a third of patients taking antibiotics develop AAD,2 and in 17% of cases, AAD is fatal.3,4 Although the diarrhea may be the result of increased gastrointestinal (GI) motility in some cases, a disruption of the GI flora that normally acts as a barrier to infection and aids in the digestion of carbohydrates is a far more common cause

That is an excerpt from the appropriately titled Prescribing an antibiotic? Pair it with probiotics in the Journal of Family Practice.

J Fam Pract. 2013 Mar; 62(3): 148–150.

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Important Disclaimer: The information in this post is meant for informational and educational purposes only. We make no claim to its accuracy or effectiveness. Please consult a qualified physician before making any changes to your health.


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