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Why You Should Take Probiotics with Antibiotics

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Their very names suggest that they should cancel each other out, so why would you bother taking probiotics at the same time as antibiotics? The notion that probiotics will in some way make antibiotics less effective is wholly untrue. The former promotes a healthier immune system and will help you recover more quickly from your ailments, all while making side effects from medication less severe.

Here are some important facts you should know about taking probiotics and antibiotics.

Should Antibiotics and Probiotics be Taken Together?

Antibiotics can have unwelcome side effects. Some completely wipe out your healthy gut bacteria, leading to digestive disorders such as diarrhea. According to WebMD, if you take probiotics at the same time as antibiotics, you’re 42 percent less likely to have diarrhea. That’s because the former are rebuilding the microbiome in your gut and balancing your flora. Therefore, as the antibiotics get rid of the bad bacteria, good bacteria are still being cultivated.

What Are the Best Probiotics to Take with Antibiotics?

Your probiotic should have multiple strains and include Lactobacillus rhamnosus, which will reduce the chances of diarrhea or lessen the severity of this symptom. There should also be strains in the Bifidobacterium and Streptococcus families to repopulate the gut. Preferably, get a probiotic that also has a prebiotic in it, as that will act as a fertilizer for the former, meaning an overall healthier gut flora.

For How Long Should You Take Probiotics After Antibiotics?

Don’t quit your course of probiotics as soon as you’re done with your antibiotic treatment. It can take a while to properly rebalance your gut flora once it has been destroyed. You can’t get the right amount of probiotics and prebiotics from your food, so you need these supplements to repopulate your microbiome and build your immune system back up. You should continue taking your probiotics for at least a year or, better yet, make it a lifelong habit. Probiotics have a variety of overall health benefits such as reducing anxiety and decreasing bloating. In short, your body will thank you for the extra help.


Are you looking for a probiotic to take while you’re on an antibiotic? Whether you want single strain, six-strain, 11-strain, or custom blend variations, Custom Probiotics has it all. We also offer these supplements in capsule form, yogurt starters and powders, so you can introduce them into your system however you feel most comfortable. Contact us today to get started.

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The Relationship Between Probiotics and Prebiotics

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Are products ok during shipment in the summer

Yes our probiotics are very temperature stable and high in potency so there is negligible effect on them during shipping in the summer weather. Our probiotics are also room temperature stable for 3 months, but we do recommend you keep them refrigerated when you can.

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Can I order single strain products?

Yes we sell single strains if requested. Just email or call us to place the order!We provide the following strains:L. AcidophilusL. BulgaricusL. CaseiL. GasseriL. LactisL. ParacaseiL. PlantarumL. ReuteriL. RhamnosusL. SalivariusS. ThermophilusB. BreveB. InfantisB. Longum

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Which product should I be taking?

We carry a variety of products from single strains to multistrain probiotic supplements.They come in powder form in a glass jar with 2 types of measuring scoops.We also have one type of capsule for those who prefer the convenience of that. it is called the CP-1 capsule.If you have researched which strains you need specifically [...]

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Can you travel with the probiotics?

Our probiotics are room temperature stable for 3 months.They are fine for traveling in hot temperatures for a couple of months, but should be kept refrigerated past that.

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How much probiotics do I need to take?

Every individual requires a different amount of CFU (Colony Forming Units) when taking probiotics. Your gut flora is unique like a fingerprint and you need to play with dosage and different strains to determine what is best for you. Typically it is best to take a multi strain formulae. Dosages can range between 60 Billion [...]

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What is the best way to take probiotics?

Probiotics are best taken on an empty stomach and with a large glass of water.  You can also mix them in smoothies but we recommend you don't mix it with drinks containing too much sugar.

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