Probiotics can be taken in almost any circumstances and by all ages. More information can be found on the individual product pages and our frequently asked questions. However, there are very small number of circumstances when we recommend that they are NOT taken without a discussion with your doctor first as they may be contraindicated with either a medical condition or another drug.

What is a contraindication?

A contraindication is a specific situation (or medical condition) in which a drug, procedure, or even surgery should not be used because it may be harmful to the patient.

What medical conditions may be contraindicated with probiotics?

Probiotics are not recommended for those with serious medical conditions eg. those who are severely immunosuppressed, have pancreatitis, are in the ICU, have melaena, have a central venous catheter, infants with short bowel syndrome, or to patients with open wounds following major surgery; unless under a doctor's care. Furthermore, pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult their doctor before taking Saccharomyces boulardii, 'For travelling abroad', or natural plant extracts as in 'For daily immunity'.

This safety statement is on all the packaging inserts for all our products.

However, these medical circumstances have only been highlighted as there is limited research on how probiotics react with them. OptiBac Probiotics therefore recommend that live cultures are not taken in these circumstances unless with the advice of a doctor. For those taking probiotics supplied by another provider we suggest you contact them directly for guidance on their products.

Are there any drugs or supplements with which probiotics may be contraindicated?

There are no known contraindications with medical drugs or supplements. Within our range you can safely take laxatives alongside 'Bifidobacteria & fibre' or statins alongside 'For your cholesterol', however OptiBac Probiotics have some guidelines on how to take probiotics.

  • When taking an anti-microbial or anti-bacterial supplements or medication, it is better to take your probiotics at another time in the day. This is because the anti-bacterial/anti-fungal may actually damage the probiotic. This applies to taking probiotics with antibiotics, unless taking probiotics specifically formulated for taking with antibiotics. For more information on this please see our FAQ on taking antibiotics with probiotics.
You may like further information on the following:
I am severely immunosuppressed. Why can't I take probiotics?