I am a supplement taking fool. Really, I am. I believe in the importance of getting all of the things your body needs to function properly, whether you get it from a perfect diet (mine is NOT), or not. Probiotics are something that I include in my diet every day as well, partially because they are good for my digestive system, and partially because it is theorized that with good bacteria in your body, bad bacteria will not be able to take hold as easily.
Live bacteria ingested to supplement normal gastrointestinal flora, especially after depletion of flora caused by infection or ingestion of antibiotics.
The American HeritageÃ‚Â® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, 2nd Edition Copyright Ã‚Â© 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Some say that you can use probiotics at the same time you are taking antibiotics, but others say that the use of probiotics during antibiotic therapy will negate the efficacy of the antibiotics. Unfortunately, all I have found on the internet says that it is ok to do. For example:
During antibiotic therapy, a good dose is between 6 and 25 billion total viable probiotic cells per day. They should be taken as far away from the antibiotics as possible (for instance, if the antibiotics are to be taken every eight hours, the probiotic supplements should be taken four hours after the antibiotics). Probiotic therapy should be continued a week to a month beyond the antibiotic treatment period to replenish any beneficial bacteria lost during antibiotic use. Probiotic use should not interfere with the effectiveness of antibiotics. Source
My doctor (who I will admit is not a “supplement friendly” doctor) said not to take probiotics during antibiotic use, and I have heard several other MRSA patients say the same thing, so the question remains – is it safe to take probiotics during antibiotic therapy? What do you know about this?