Antibiotics kill our probiotic bacteria. So knowing the benefits of probiotics, I avoid antibiotics whenever possible.
But, you should probably take antibiotics to avoid death or kill serious infections. And if you take probiotics together with antibiotics, you’ll reduce the damage that antibiotics do to our native probiotics.
33% of people who take antibiotics alone suffer from post-antibiotic associated diarrhea.
But, for those who take probiotics with their antibiotics, the risk of diarrhea dropped by 42%.
The primary cause of post-antibiotic diarrhea is infections by bacteria like C. difficile. I also think candida and parasite infections are a cause, but I haven’t seen research investigating those causes.
Scientists know that when you take antibiotics, you kill probiotic bacteria that form your intestinal protective barrier. With a compromised probiotic barrier, your intestines are more open to infection.
But, when you take probiotics with antibiotics, you help reinforce the probiotic barrier on your intestinal wall…making infection less likely…and decreasing the risk of post-antibiotic diarrhea by 42%.
Based on my research, there is no single best strain, or best combination of strains. But the strains that have some benefit are:
I really like Synbiotic 365 because it has all 4 of those strains that are researched to help fight antibiotic associated diarrhea. It has a strong prebiotic, which helps support the regrowth of probiotics after anbiotics. Lastly, it has a full spectrum of B vitamins, including B-12 and methylfolate.
I take Synbiotic 365 about 4 hours after taking the antibiotics, so hopefully more of the lactobacillus and bifidobacterium strains are more likely to survive. But taking it at the same time as the antibiotic would also work well.
Once a day, about 4 hours after taking an antibiotic, I took a Synbiotic 365 pill.
You can take S. boulardii at the same time as your antibiotics because S. Boulardii is a probiotic yeast…and probiotic yeast are unharmed by antibiotics (which target bacteria).
Each course of antibiotics I will take Synbiotic 365 as well as a S. Boulardii.
I used to think that pure Saccharomyces boulardii was the best way to go. But, looking deeper into it, I think the research better supports taking a broad spectrum probiotic like Synbiotic 365 which also has Saccharomyces boulardii. I’ll keep an eye on the research and maybe we’ll get a definitive answer on the best probiotic combination to take with antibiotics.
There may be situations where your doctor doesn’t want you to take probiotics with antibiotics. So please, for your own safety, check with your doctor to make sure taking antibiotics together with probiotics is the right call for you. The more health conditions and the more complicated your medications schedule is, the more important it is the check with your doctor.
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