Do You Need a Pro-Biotic?

In CategoryLehan Drugs News
ByJon

Do I need a PRO-biotic when my doctor prescribes an ANTI-biotic?

 What is a Probiotic?

 Probiotics are live, “good” bacteria and yeast that live in your intestine. They help decrease “bad” bacteria and viruses that cause diseases such as diarrhea.

They can help…

Some patients treat or prevent diarrhea including antibiotic associated diarrhea. Also, probiotics can help with some other diseases such as Ulcerative Colitis (UC)  and Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS), and even asthma.

How likely am I to get diarrhea from my antibiotic?

The risk of diarrhea is up to 40% in patients treated with antibiotics, and about 10% of women develop a yeast infection.  The best-studies probiotics reduce your chance of developing these side effects by 50-75%.

Is that the entire story?

Antibiotics reduce the healthy bacteria in your digestive system. Good bacteria have been found to reduce the symptoms and development of auto-immune diseases such as asthma and ulcerative colitis, help create essential nutrients for your health like Vitamin K, and protect your gut from dangerous bacteria like Clostridium Dificile.

Although you may not develop diarrhea from your medication, using a probiotic ensures the medication doesn’t damage your health while clearing your infection!

Not all probiotics are created equal!

Lehan’s only recommends products with the BEST evidence available for preventing antibiotic associated diarrhea and general intestinal and vaginal health.  Less expensive products may not be strong enough, have the correct balance of bacteria, or may not have any LIVING probiotic bacteria.

Still not sure???

Don’t hesitate to ask a Lehan’s pharmacist for recommendations to help you choose the right product for you or your family member.

 Pro-Biotic Product Choices

 

 

Contents

Recommended Dosing

Promoted Uses

 

Florastor Saccharomycesboulardii (yeast) Take one capsule twice daily during antibiotic therapy, or once daily for general intestinal health. May take WITH antiboitics  

 

Prevents antibiotic associated diarrhea and traveler’s diarrhea  
Culturelle Lactobacillus GG (bacteria) Take one capsule twice daily during antibiotic therapy, or once daily for general intestinal health.  Must separate from antibiotics by several hours.  

 

Prevents antibiotic associated diarrhea  
Ortho Biotic Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium,and Saccharomyces boulardii Take one capsule twice daily during antibiotic therapy, or once daily for general intestinal health.  Separate from antibiotic by several hours.

 

Combines the ingredients in Culturelle and Florastor: prevents antibiotic associated diarrhea    
Florajen 3 Lacbobacillus Acidophilus, Bfidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium longum Take one capsule twice daily during antibiotic therapy, or once daily for general intestinal health. Separate from antibiotic for several hours.  Refrigerated for maximum potency. 

 

 

General intestinal health. Less evidence for use with antibiotics.  
Florajen Lactobacillus Acidophilus Once daily for intestinal health.  May be used once daily as a vaginal suppository to support the prevention of yeast infections. Refrigerated for maximum potency. 

 

 

General intestinal and vaginal health.  
Yogurt(must contain active cultures) Lactobacillus 8 ounces TWICE daily during antibiotic treatment for prevention of diarrhea. Prevention of diarrhea, general intestinal health.  

DVT Month! Big Savings on Compression!

In CategoryLehan Drugs News
ByBriana

March is DVT Awareness Month, so once again we want to emphasize the importance of taking steps to prevent a blood clot, such as a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) a blood clot in a deep vein, which could lead to a pulmonary embolism (the lodging of a blood clot in the main artery of the lung).  According to the National Blood Clot Alliance, between 350,000-600,000 venous blood clots occur every year in the U.S, and about one third of all blood clots are fatal.

In support of DVT Awareness Month, we’re offering our online followers some excellent sales on all compression socks (excluding insurance sales) through April 15th.  Our certified fitters will make sure you find just the right style and size to meet your lifestyle needs (dressy/casual/athletic performance) and maximize your DVT prophylaxis.  Mention “DVT Awareness Month” at the register and receive:

  • 10% off one pair
  • 15% off 2 pairs
  • 20% off 3+ pairs

Serena Williams’ recent scare with a pulmonary embolism inadvertently brought attention to this dangerous condition and its ability to affect anyone, including athletes!  In fact, athletes are often at a higher risk of developing a DVT because of their lower resting heart rates and slower blood flow rates, especially when they are traveling long distances.  Williams’ ankle injury combined with immobilization in a walking boot and a long airline flight across the country most likely caused the DVT, resulting in a pulmonary embolism. 

Warning signs of a DVT include swelling (usually of one leg), leg pain/tenderness, leg warm to touch, and/or reddish or bluish skin discoloration.

Warning signs of  PE include sudden shortness of breath, sharp chest pain that may worsen with a deep breath, rapid heart rate, and/or unexplained cough, sometimes with bloody mucus.

To help prevent blood clots:

  • When traveling or sitting/standing for long periods, wear compression socks, take breaks, and stretch your legs often
  • Stay well hydrated
  • Move around as soon as possible after surgery/illness/injury – compression socks will help in these times as well
  • As always, exercise regularly, eat healthy, and don’t smoke
  • Know the risk factors for blood clots and the signs and symptoms of DVTs and PEs

As we noted last year around this time, risk factors include:

  • Major surgery
  • Recent trauma (fall, broken bone)
  • Family history of blood clots
  • Sit or stand for long periods of time
  • Overweight or obese
  • Pregnancy
  • Varicose veins
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Confined to a bed

It’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor about DVT prophylactic measures, especially if you have a family history of blood clots, following major surgery, or if you exhibit any of the above risk factors and will be traveling long distances.

Please feel free to call us at 815-758-0911 or email info@lehandrugs.com if you have any questions at all!  We are always more than happy to help.