Bacteria - Which Live Bacteria Are Better After Antibiotics

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Bacteria - Which Live Bacteria Are Better After Antibiotics
Bacteria - Which Live Bacteria Are Better After Antibiotics

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Last updated 16 November 2017 at 07:24 PM

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Probiotics are useful microorganisms, the symbiosis of which with the human body has a beneficial effect on the protective and digestive functions.

Probiotic drugs are increasingly used in medicine, but still special attention is paid to their use as a means of mitigating the negative effects of antibiotics on the human body.

What bacteria should be drunk with antibiotics in each case can only be said by the attending physician, who makes a decision based on data on the characteristics of the course of treatment and your body.


  • 1 Types of probiotics
  • 2 What probiotics to choose
  • 3 Indications and contraindications
  • 4 How to take probiotics

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Types of probiotics


Prescribing probiotics in combination with antibiotics, a specialist selects them according to several criteria, among which the composition and form of release are fundamental.

According to the form of release, probiotics are divided into:

  1. Dry preparations - are microorganisms introduced into suspended animation that wake up, getting inside the human body, and only after that they begin to have a beneficial effect on the microflora. Their advantage is a longer shelf life without much sacrificing efficiency. But not all bacteria have time to wake up before being excreted from the body.
  2. Liquid preparations are a concentrate of live active bacteria. They begin to act immediately after entering the body, bypassing the awakening phase, which significantly increases the effectiveness of their use. But the shelf life of such drugs is very short, which is their only drawback.

The choice of what to take or not to take along with antibiotics also depends on the individual tolerance of the active ingredient by the body. The most common preparations are created on the basis of bifidobacteria, lactobacilli and yeast.

Probiotics are distinguished by their composition:

  1. Monocomponent - contain one strain of beneficial bacteria;
  2. Multicomponent - the composition includes several types of microorganisms that enhance the effectiveness of each other;
  3. Combined - in addition to probiotics, the composition also includes excipients that both help beneficial bacteria and have an immunomodulatory effect.

What probiotics to choose


Probiotics are usually taken 3-4 times a day, half an hour before meals. However, we can assume the option of using one hour after eating. The course of treatment is from two weeks to two months.

In the treatment of acute intestinal infection, they should be taken up to 6 times a day for three days, then the course is continued with three doses for at least a week. With antibiotics, the drug is taken separately, observing the interval specified in the recommendations of the attending physician or instructions.

Simultaneous reception will nullify the positive result from the use of the probiotic drug. Also, without prior consultation, do not try to independently choose an analogue of the recommended agent, because even if the main active ingredient is the same, the differences may be in the auxiliary components.

Please be aware that additional research may be required to properly select a course of treatment or prevention, which is not possible outside of a healthcare setting.

Summing up, I would like to emphasize: patients who, together with prescribed antibiotics, take beneficial bacteria, recover much faster than those who ignore such a doctor's recommendation, and reduce the possible negative consequences of taking antibiotics to a minimum.

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