Do You Need a Pro-Biotic?

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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.  
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