The most common side effects of antibiotics are gut (intestine) related disturbances such as diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting. Thrush (Candida albicans) is experienced by up to 10% of those who take antibiotics.
These side effects result from the antibiotic inflaming the gut lining and disturbing the balance of good and bad bacteria (microflora). Good gut flora is important for good digestion, the production and absorption of vitamins and absorption of calcium, magnesium and iron. They protect the lining of the gut which has an important role in the bodys’ immune system. They also provide a barrier effect against pathogens (bad bacteria).
Restoring the normal balance of good gut flora and reducing inflammation to the gut is vital in ensuring ongoing good health and maintaining a supportive immune system, especially if the immune system has already been compromised by the need to take antibiotics.
Taking high quality probiotic supplements can assist in alleviating the side effects and restoring good health.
What is a good quality probiotic?
- One that contains strains of microflora that have been researched as beneficial
- Contains a therapeutic dose of probiotics
- Guaranteed to be viable (alive)
Which one to use for antibiotic use?
- While taking antibiotics, the strain Saccharomyces boulardii may help reduce diarrhoea and inflammation
- After finishing antibiotic treatment, strains such as Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus acidophilus have shown in research to assist in restoring the integrity of the intestinal lining and reduce antibiotic associated diarrhoea.
- There is a range of probiotics available depending on the symptoms.
- Probiotics may be taken at the same time as antibiotics, however, they have greatest benefit when taken in between antibiotic dose. It is important to continue probiotics for a few weeks after the antibiotic course is finished to ensure proliferation of good gut flora
- Consult a natural health practitioner to ensure the most appropriate strains and dosage to ensure optimum recovery of any antibiotic related side effects