What is the point of taking probiotics and antibiotics at the same time?


I work at a doctors office and when I’m reading chart notes, I see a lot that someone gets prescribed antibiotics, and the doctors will always write in there to take probiotics at the same time.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to take the probiotic AFTER finishing the antibiotic course? Because I would think that taking them both would be pointless, because the antibiotics would immediately kill the probiotics that you just took… right?

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Because a course of antibiotics will destroy not knly the bad bacteria causing your illness, but also your gut bacteria. The health of your gut is important for your overall hralth.

It’s called “symbiotic medicine”.

Give your body probiotics and antibiotics and let your body decide what it needs.

Like taking Ex-Lax and Imodium at the same time. Your gut knows what it needs, just give it the tools (meds) to choose from.

It does take some of them out yes, the point to taking the prebiotic is to try keeping up somewhat with the rate of death. If you are introducing more as they die off it will take you less time to recover them fully, and you won’t be as depleted as if you did nothing.

You’re technically not supposed to take them at the same time as an antibiotic. You should take them 2-3 hours apart to maximize the number that actually make it to go your gut. Basically, the probiotics increase the number of good bacteria in your stomach to help offset the ones you kill off.

There are also prebiotics, which is a type of fiber that feeds the good bacteria in your gut. They can be taken in pill form, but they’re also found in a lot of foods like apples, asparagus, bananas, members of the onion family, and others. By eating prebiotics foods *and* taking probiotics (or consuming foods that have probiotics), you’re giving the good bacteria in the gut a helping hand.