Probiotics may protect from antibiotic side effects

May 31, 2013 4:05:47 PM PDT
Antibiotics may help clear infections. But they can cause potentially dangerous stomach issues for many patients.

Supplements called probiotics may provide protection from this nasty side effect.

A new report from the Cochrane Collaboration suggests patients on antibiotics could benefit from taking probiotics at the same time. Antibiotics can disturb the ecosystem of organisms in the digestive system, allowing dangerous bacteria such as c. diff to overwhelm the gut.

Probiotics, which are cocktails of micro-organisms, seem to ensure a healthy balance of gut bacteria. More work is now needed to pinpoint what types of probiotics work best.