Destroyed or not? Doctor Baranova told how antibiotics affect probiotics

Therapist, dermatologist Irina Baranova told whether probiotics die due to antibiotics.

First, let's understand the concepts.

Antibiotics are drugs obtained from bacteria. They trigger the process of antibiosis, in which living cells suppress the activity of other living cells. Not only infectious agents suffer, but also body tissues.

Probiotics are preparations containing beneficial bacteria in dried or dissolved form, necessary for the growth of good microflora. Most often these are microorganisms from the genus Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, which normally dominate the human digestive tract. 

Probiotics have become a popular option for maintaining gut health. They are usually recommended while taking antibiotics.

Antibiotics are needed to kill bacteria that cause infections. 

“However, they do not choose which bacteria to kill and can kill both pathogenic and beneficial bacteria. This can lead to dysbiosis – an imbalance of intestinal microflora. As a result, symptoms appear, such as diarrhea, bloating and abdominal pain, Baranova noted in her blog.

The answer to the question of whether probiotics die when taken simultaneously with antibiotics is: partially yes . 

This does not mean that probiotics are of no use when taking antibiotics. It is important to take both correctly. Baranova gave some advice.

  • Split your dosing time: Take probiotics and antibiotics at different times of the day. This will reduce the chance that the antibiotic will kill probiotic bacteria.
  • Select strains that are resistant to antibiotics. For example, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and Saccharomyces boulardii.
  • Continue taking pribiotics after completing the course of antibiotics for another 1-2 weeks after completing the course of antibiotics.

Uncontrolled use of antibiotics dangerous to health and life. They can cause:

  • toxic damage to the liver, kidneys, hematopoietic organs,
  • neuritis of the auditory nerve,
  • decreased immunity,
  • severe dysbacteriosis,
  • allergies,
  • tendon ruptures,
  • lead to the development of severe heart rhythm disturbances.

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Important! Information provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.

Irina Baranova Irina Baranova Medicine General practitioner, dermatologist, Ph.D.