Taking probiotics with antibiotics: Is it a good idea or a bad idea?
More importantly, is it safe to use them both at the same time? Let’s find out.
As a reminder, if you are taking any medication, always consult with your healthcare professional before taking our products.
What Are Antibiotics?
Antibiotics have, undoubtedly, saved millions of lives over the decades. They truly deserve the title of the “poster child” of modern medicine.
When you have a bacterial infection and want to kill the harmful bacteria that’s causing it, antibiotics tend to be the conventional go-to. And while this may be necessary, many antibiotics view all bacteria as equal, whether it’s beneficial or not.
Many Antibiotics Take No Bacterial Hostages
There are specialized antibiotics that are used for specific purposes, and then there are antibiotics that are broad-spectrum (i.e., one-size-fits-all). The biggest drawback with these broad-spectrum approaches is that they may target all types of bacteria. That’s why your beneficial bacteria may be impacted by antibiotics when they’re broad-based. And this can affect the delicate balance of your gut microbiome.
If you’re wondering how you can support gut flora, your secret weapon may be to consider supplementing with probiotics.
Probiotics serve as a faithful sidekick that supports your good bacteria enough to maintain balanced gut bacteria activity, playing an important role as they help maintain a healthy gut barrier.
How Do I Safely Take Probiotics with Antibiotics?
Probiotics may be beneficial in supporting your consumption of prescribed antibiotics. Your doctor may suggest certain probiotic strains to go along with the antibiotics you’re taking (like lactobacillus or bifidobacterium). Consult with them first before you start taking anything.
When simultaneously taking probiotics with antibiotics, the most important thing to remember is that timing is everything. Refrain from taking both products at once, as the antibiotics may terminate the live probiotic bacteria before it reaches your intestinal area as a result. A few hours apart may represent a reasonable enough time.
And as we’re sure to frequently stress, it’s important to take a probiotic supplement that contains prebiotics and a delivery system. They both set up probiotics for success. Prebiotics are a major food supply for probiotics, so the probiotics depend on these prebiotic food sources to holistically maintain balanced gut health. Eating prebiotic-rich foods should help provide some nourishment to the live probiotics you consume. On that note, try adding more bananas, asparagus, and dandelion greens to your diet while undergoing treatment. A delivery system helps to better ensure that the beneficial bacteria survives exposure to things like stomach acid and bile. All Probulin products use the MAKTrek 3-D Delivery system.
Your doctor may recommend that you stay away from processed and sugary foods, as they tend to throw off the balance of your gut’s friendly flora as well. Each of Probulin’s probiotic supplements contains prebiotics as well.
The Best Probiotics to Take After Antibiotics
Your doctor might recommend continuing a specific probiotic for a certain period of time, so it’s always best to check in with your trusted health advisor.
Just as we support daily probiotic supplements, we encourage everyone to explore what probiotic support is best for them. Daily probiotic intake may support the proper regulation of your digestive system, and may also provide immune function support as well.
We have a whole line of incredible probiotic formulas, some with scientifically validated ingredients for additional targeted support. If you’re looking to add a broad-spectrum probiotic to your daily diet, check out our Daily Care Probiotic and Women’s Probiotic.