Your local pharmacist may recommend probiotics when dispensing antibiotics.
Our supplement For those on antibiotics contains two high quality strains of natural bacteria, Lactobacillus rhamnosus Rosell-11 and Lactobacillus acidophilus Rosell-52. 'For those on antibiotics' has seen numerous clinical trials conducted alongside antibiotics, and can safely be taken at the same time as antibiotics. The recommended use for this supplement is as follows:
* Can be taken at the same time as antibiotics - this product has been clinically trialled alongside antibiotics and found to reach the gut alive.
The extensive research behind OptiBac Probiotics 'For those on antibiotics' sets it apart from many live cultures supplements on the market today, and makes this supplement a suitable choice for anyone who wishes to take natural bacteria during their course of antibiotics. Furthermore these two strains, Lactobacillus rhamnosus Rosell-11 and Lactobacillus acidophilus Rosell-52, have been tested and shown in-vitro to survive stomach acidity and bile salts.
Healthcare practitioners can read more about the clinical research on this product when taken alongside antibiotics, or more about our clinical trials across the range.
If you are taking a different probiotic from our range, it is best to wait 1 to 2 hours after your antibiotics before taking the probiotic supplement. If you are taking a probiotic from a different supplier, perhaps a yoghurt or another supplement containing live cultures of natural bacteria, it is best to ask your supplier about timings.
However as a general idea, other companies tend to recommend waiting 1 or 2 hours after taking antibiotics before taking your probiotics. After 1 or 2 hours, the antibiotics will have passed through the body, and at this stage it is safe to take a probiotic without worrying about the natural bacteria being destroyed. It is still generally recommended to take probiotics every day during your course of antibiotics; this way you can replenish your friendly bacteria on a daily basis, before your digestive system is upset by a longstanding microbial imbalance.
You might also like to read our FAQ, Why consider OptiBac Probiotics over yoghurt drinks?
If you have already finished a course of antibiotics before being recommended a probiotic, better late than never; by all means take the probiotic now! But for next time, you know you can take them during as well as after.
You may also wish to read our FAQ, At what time should I take probiotics?
For further reading, for those on a regular course of antibiotics lasting 5 to 7 days, see For those on antibiotics.
NB: These directions were updated in March 2014 following analysis of our research. Please note that packs of 'For those on antibiotics' purchased in the near future from retailers may still have the old recommended use (advising consumers to wait 30 minutes between antibiotics and probiotics). Rest assured this is exactly the same product, and it can safely be taken at breakfast time - whether or not this is at the same time as antibiotics.
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