A healthy balanced body has over 100 trillion microflora – tiny living organisms that help keep your systems functioning properly. But if you’re taking antibiotics, things can get off track. Antibiotics aren’t very picky and don’t discriminate between good and bad bacteria. They kill both and can disturb your natural microbial balance… often with (very) unpleasant results like antibiotic-associated diarrhea. In fact, more than a third of patients taking antibiotics develop antibiotic-associated diarrhea.
Evidence Supports Probiotics to Prevent Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea
The good news is that there is something you can do to help yourself and your gut. Evidence and experts support taking probiotics to lower the risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea:
- According to research in the Journal of the American Medical Association, people taking antibiotics who also use probiotics are 42% less likely to develop diarrhea.
- The United Kingdom’s National Institutes of Health recommends high doses of probiotics to help prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea in children.
- 98% of gastroenterologists surveyed believe that probiotics have a role in the treatment of gastrointestional illness.
How to Take Probiotics When You’re on Antibiotics
Ready to get started? First, talk to your doctor and get his or her input. He or she may have important recommendations based on your individual situation.
When you get the go-ahead to add a probiotic to your regimen, consider Florajen Digestion (formerly Florajen3). It is recommended for adults taking antibiotics because it contains a unique blend of three probiotic cultures especially effective in restoring and maintaining gastrointestinal health, which can be disrupted by antibiotic treatment.
Why choose Florajen instead of probiotic-containing foods like yogurt? Because you need large doses of probiotics to help your gut restore its micro-balance – typically at least 5 billion colony-forming units (or CFUs) per dose. Florajen Digestion contains 15 billion CFUs per capsule. It’s hard to eat that much yogurt every day!
Take Florajen at least 1 to 2 hours before or after your antibiotic prescription – this timing will help both your antibiotic and your probiotic to have maximum efficacy without affecting one another.
If possible, continue taking your probiotic for at least a week or two after your course of antibiotics is completed. This can help combat any lasting effects on your gut from the antibiotics and allow your microflora to bounce back.
Fight the bad and help the good. Who can disagree with that?