The Probiotic and Antibiotic Connections
04 Jan' 21

The Probiotic and Antibiotic Connections

 ūüĎČThe relationship between antibiotics and the gut microbiota is complex.

 
‚ě°Antibiotics can control bacteria in your gut, good and bad, but overusing anti- biotics taking high amounts over a longer period could lead to a depletion of good bacteria. The overprescription of antibiotics could also exacerbate wide spread resistance to antibiotics, a growing problem that can diminish antibiotic effectiveness.
 
‚ě°Depletion of good bacteria through the use of antibiotics is a real issue among older people, who are more susceptible to infections and may therefore use antibiotics on a regular basis. Some doctors try to compensate for this by recommending that patients increase their intake of probiotic foods like yogurt or kefir (pronounced ke-fear), a yogurt-like drink or take probiotic supplements when using antibiotics.
 
‚ě°Still, others believe the gut microbiota will return to normal after antibiotics have been used. Discuss this with your doctor if you have been prescribed an antibiotic, and always ask whether antibiotics are needed to treat your ailment. Alternatives may be available.

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