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Anyone use probiotics? I have seen the cheesy and annoying commercials and have never given any thought to them. Today, the Doctor prescribed me antibiotics and recommended I take probiotics with them. I have done some reading on them and they sound really beneficial. Just curious if anyone uses them and if they have seen a difference after using them?
 

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yes, i take probiotics on a pretty regular basis, not the drink kinds in the commercials, actual pills that need to be kept refrigerated to keep the little guys alive <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br>
(not all pills need to be refrigerated, but they are sometimes hard to find in the health food stores bc they are mostly kept in the cold section)<br><br>
the pills are better then the drinks mostly because they are more concentrated and you can much more (like in the billions). look out for gelatin, its pretty easy to find vegetarian probiotics. also dairy if vegan.<br><br>
don't take probiotics while taking antibiotics, the antibiotics are stronger and kill the probiotics before they can do any good. take probiotics after the antibiotics course is done, usually for 2-4 weeks, 2-3 times a day (depending on how strong the probiotics are).<br><br>
some natural things you can do that work similarly to probiotics are drinking apple cider vinegar, like a tablespoon diluted in some water, everyday. drinking kombucha drinks. eating saurekraut, kimchi and other fermented foods.<br><br>
however after antibiotics i would for sure take some probiotic pills, your digestive tract really needs to restore the good stuff to work at its best.
 

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That is interesting. My doctor specifically told me to take with my antibiotics and the pharmacist said it was ok as well. I think I will listen to them.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> Have you noticed any significant benefits to using them? It sounds like they help people with stomach problems.
 

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youre right i got the info confused, you aren't supposed to take them together, wait 2-3 hours after taking antibiotics. when taken exactly together the antibiotics kills the probiotic. and when the antibiotic course is up its important to continue to take probiotics 2-3 weeks after.<br><br>
i notice a difference in a day. i take them for candida flare ups mostly, but they also help out with regularity and digesting in general.
 

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This is TMI, butt I will share.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Normally when I have to go, I literally have 5 minutes to get the the bathroom or I am in trouble. Not sure if it is the antibiotics causing me to bind up or the probiotics, but the last 2 days have been awesome in that department. I can go, but I don't have to. This may help out on my long drives early in the morning where I worry that I am going to **** my pants.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">
 

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I usually drink kefir for my probiotic needs.
 
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