Calorie Counter

You are currently viewing the message boards in:

Antibiotics and probiotics??

summerkissedsummerkissed Posts: 732Member Member Posts: 732Member Member
Not sure if this belongs here or not......
I'm on antibiotics and have a tummy upset because of them. Would I benefit from pre/probiotics? And if yes do I wait till after my course of antibiotics are over?
«134

Replies

  • e_v_ve_v_v Posts: 131Member Member Posts: 131Member Member
    Absolutely, yes! The problem is that the antibiotics are killing ALL of the bacteria in your stomach, including the good bacteria that your body needs to have a "regular" digestive system. Invest in them immediately and begin taking them whenever you want. Expensive, but worth EVERY penny. I take them every day, antibiotics or not.
  • summerkissedsummerkissed Posts: 732Member Member Posts: 732Member Member
    Is it worth taking them though while on the course of antibiotics? Wouldn't the antibiotics kill the good stuff straight away?
  • ClubSilencioClubSilencio Posts: 2,997Member Member Posts: 2,997Member Member
    It wouldn't hurt.

    Look up the half-life of the antibiotics you're taking and work around it. Usually right before bed is a good time to take probiotics (assuming your doses are morning and early evening).
  • summerkissedsummerkissed Posts: 732Member Member Posts: 732Member Member
    Ok I'll look I take them 3x a day
  • Need2Exerc1seNeed2Exerc1se Posts: 13,589Member Member Posts: 13,589Member Member
    Why not ask the prescribing doctor this question?
  • Alatariel75Alatariel75 Posts: 17,806Member Member Posts: 17,806Member Member
    I always take probiotic when I'm on antibiotics, I used to get awful side effects from antibiotics (yup, THAT one) and since starting probiotics at the same time, I've not had an issue.
  • summerkissedsummerkissed Posts: 732Member Member Posts: 732Member Member
    Why not ask the prescribing doctor this question?

    I'd have to go back to the doctor for that and doctors visits are expensive and he is over an hours drive away then waiting time, drive back there's my whole day gone. I've been told to take them before and I've been told not to take them before.....general consensus is take them but when do I take them as they are not cheap and if the course if antibiotics is going to destroy the probiotics then it's a waste of money anyway :neutral:
  • Alatariel75Alatariel75 Posts: 17,806Member Member Posts: 17,806Member Member
    Why not ask the prescribing doctor this question?

    I'd have to go back to the doctor for that and doctors visits are expensive and he is over an hours drive away then waiting time, drive back there's my whole day gone. I've been told to take them before and I've been told not to take them before.....general consensus is take them but when do I take them as they are not cheap and if the course if antibiotics is going to destroy the probiotics then it's a waste of money anyway :neutral:

    It's true they're not cheap, that put me off for a good long while, but the probiotics seem to balance out the antibiotics rather than being destroyed by them. My experience is only anecdotal, but yeah. Wouldn't do one without the other these days.
  • rhtexasgalrhtexasgal Posts: 539Member Member Posts: 539Member Member
    Add me to the anecdotal list of probiotics helping when taking antibiotics. Heck, when my boys were babies and had ear infections, my doctor told me to sprinkle a bit of probiotic powder in their food or get them to eat plain greek yogurt. It really lessened their gut problems and cleared up rashes they got when they got the big D from the antibiotics.
  • summerkissedsummerkissed Posts: 732Member Member Posts: 732Member Member
    Sounds like I can take them whilst on antibiotics without worrying I'm flushing them down the toilet.
    @ClubSilencio it's 61.5min and I've just found out that's why I have to take them 3 times a day :smiley: thanks for the heads up
  • Need2Exerc1seNeed2Exerc1se Posts: 13,589Member Member Posts: 13,589Member Member
    Why not ask the prescribing doctor this question?

    I'd have to go back to the doctor for that and doctors visits are expensive and he is over an hours drive away then waiting time, drive back there's my whole day gone. I've been told to take them before and I've been told not to take them before.....general consensus is take them but when do I take them as they are not cheap and if the course if antibiotics is going to destroy the probiotics then it's a waste of money anyway :neutral:

    Can't you just call and ask him/her? I don't know where you are from but I could just pick the phone up and call my doctor to ask a question like that free of charge.
  • liftsalltheweightsliftsalltheweights Posts: 73Member Member Posts: 73Member Member
    Why not ask the prescribing doctor this question?

    I'd have to go back to the doctor for that and doctors visits are expensive and he is over an hours drive away then waiting time, drive back there's my whole day gone. I've been told to take them before and I've been told not to take them before.....general consensus is take them but when do I take them as they are not cheap and if the course if antibiotics is going to destroy the probiotics then it's a waste of money anyway :neutral:

    Can't you just call and ask him/her? I don't know where you are from but I could just pick the phone up and call my doctor to ask a question like that free of charge.

    You're fortunate because a lot of doctors charge for phone questions.
  • jgnatcajgnatca Posts: 14,495Member Member Posts: 14,495Member Member
    Since probiotics do not need to be prescribed, you needn't worry about taking them, and they won't interfere with the antibiotics you are on. No doctor's advice required.

    Besides probiotic pills, I am rather fond of the living probiotics in products like yogurt and Kefir.
  • jordiblujordiblu Posts: 145Member Member Posts: 145Member Member
    Take probiotics absolutely!!! I take probiotics every single day all year round keeps my digestive system working properly
  • lemurcat12lemurcat12 Posts: 30,886Member Member Posts: 30,886Member Member
    Why not ask the prescribing doctor this question?

    I'd have to go back to the doctor for that and doctors visits are expensive and he is over an hours drive away then waiting time, drive back there's my whole day gone. I've been told to take them before and I've been told not to take them before.....general consensus is take them but when do I take them as they are not cheap and if the course if antibiotics is going to destroy the probiotics then it's a waste of money anyway :neutral:

    Can't you just call and ask him/her? I don't know where you are from but I could just pick the phone up and call my doctor to ask a question like that free of charge.

    Same here. That really is a question for the doctor, not a debate topic.
  • JustMissTracyJustMissTracy Posts: 6,389Member Member Posts: 6,389Member Member
    Is it worth taking them though while on the course of antibiotics? Wouldn't the antibiotics kill the good stuff straight away?

    Someone told me yesterday to yes take them, but try to take them as far away from the anti as you can. Good luck, I fully understand your pain!! xo
  • summerkissedsummerkissed Posts: 732Member Member Posts: 732Member Member
    Why not ask the prescribing doctor this question?

    I'd have to go back to the doctor for that and doctors visits are expensive and he is over an hours drive away then waiting time, drive back there's my whole day gone. I've been told to take them before and I've been told not to take them before.....general consensus is take them but when do I take them as they are not cheap and if the course if antibiotics is going to destroy the probiotics then it's a waste of money anyway :neutral:

    Can't you just call and ask him/her? I don't know where you are from but I could just pick the phone up and call my doctor to ask a question like that free of charge.

    No you can't just call your doctor here, you get told to make an appointment...doctors are too busy to take calls as well as seeing patients
  • pondee629pondee629 Posts: 2,355Member Member Posts: 2,355Member Member
    Wouldn't a serving, or two, of a live culture yogurt, Greek or regular, suffice?
  • JustMissTracyJustMissTracy Posts: 6,389Member Member Posts: 6,389Member Member
    pondee629 wrote: »
    Wouldn't a serving, or two, of a live culture yogurt, Greek or regular, suffice?

    I asked the pharmacist this question just recently, and she said probably not. And that the probiotic might not even help. Not positive information to receive when you're trying to avoid something horrible while trying to get better, but it is what it is.
  • summerkissedsummerkissed Posts: 732Member Member Posts: 732Member Member
    jgnatca wrote: »
    Since probiotics do not need to be prescribed, you needn't worry about taking them, and they won't interfere with the antibiotics you are on. No doctor's advice required.

    Besides probiotic pills, I am rather fond of the living probiotics in products like yogurt and Kefir.

    I'm not worried about taking them, they are expensive and I don't want to be taking them if the antibiotic is just killing the good bacteria, I love yogurt and brought a heap of that yesterday we also make our own...yummy!
    lemurcat12 wrote: »
    Why not ask the prescribing doctor this question?

    I'd have to go back to the doctor for that and doctors visits are expensive and he is over an hours drive away then waiting time, drive back there's my whole day gone. I've been told to take them before and I've been told not to take them before.....general consensus is take them but when do I take them as they are not cheap and if the course if antibiotics is going to destroy the probiotics then it's a waste of money anyway :neutral:

    Can't you just call and ask him/her? I don't know where you are from but I could just pick the phone up and call my doctor to ask a question like that free of charge.

    Same here. That really is a question for the doctor, not a debate topic.

    The topic is, is it a waste of time taking them while on antibiotics.....my question has been answered by looking at the half life of the antibiotics.
    Is it worth taking them though while on the course of antibiotics? Wouldn't the antibiotics kill the good stuff straight away?

    Someone told me yesterday to yes take them, but try to take them as far away from the anti as you can. Good luck, I fully understand your pain!! xo

    Thanks :smiley: yes looks like you will still get the benefits if you do this. The ol antibiotics are a necessity sometimes hope this helps the downside to them :confounded:
Sign In or Register to comment.