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Probiotic drinks should accompany antibiotics

Patients using antibiotics should take a daily probiotic drink, say experts at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

It is well established that antibiotics can disrupt the normal balance of bacteria living in the intestine, causing patients to develop diarrhoea.

Evidence now suggests that probiotic drinks can help offset the bad bacteria in the intestine, reducing the risk and severity of diarrhoea.

Study author Ian Rowland said: "There is a growing bank of evidence to support the positive effects that probiotics have on antibiotic associated diarrhoea.

"Experts agreed that there are no harmful effects from taking probiotic drinks and evidence suggests that they may offer health benefits for people taking them."

The study authors suggest that people should choose a strain that has proven clinic evidence as benefits are strain-specific.

Ian Rowland added: "Further research is needed to examine the role of probiotic drinks in preventative care and health maintenance as well as in the treatment of other conditions."

Royal Society of Medicine

Your comments: (Terms and conditions apply)

"I have tried the probiotic drinks but they have a lot of sugar in them and I'm not supposed to take sugar because my gut acts up with sugar. My preference is to take an acidophilus probiotic capsule that I get from the pharmacy called A-Biotica and another good sugar free probiotic that works very well for me is called Boullardi." - Fiona A, Kent