Probiotics – Do I need them?

In CategoryHealth News, Product Info
ByJim

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.

Bath Safety Month!

In CategoryLehan Drugs News
ByJim

Did you know that January is recognized as National Bath Safety Month? The bathroom is the most visited room in most homes, yet it can be a dangerous place. Bath safety is an integral part of general home safety as almost one-third of falls occurring at home occur in the bath.

 

Come in and check out our selection of bath safety products you to keep you and your loved ones safe!

 

Bath safety products

There are quite a few bath safety products that are essential in a bath, listed below are a few necessary products that ensure safety in the bath.

Grab Bars: Safe hand-holds fixed on bathroom walls and sides of walk-in tubs will ensure safety while you move about the bath. Grab bars are also known as safety bars

Shower Stools: Safe seat in the shower prevents slipping

Security Rails: Handy hand-hold that is fastened on the bathtub sides

Bathtub Transfer Seats: Makes it safe to enter and leave the tub

Transfer bench: Ensures safety while getting in and out of the bathtub.

 

If you have any questions about bath safety, don’t hesitate to ask one of our knowledgeable staff members or e-mail your questions to info@lehandrugs.com

 

Yours in Health,

 

The Lehan Family