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Albert Einstein Researchers Recommend Probiotics to be Taken with Antibiotics

In a recent study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University published in American Family Physician Einstein scientists reported finding seven, high-quality studies in which probiotics helped people to avoid diarrhea caused by antibiotic use or from gastrointestinal viral or bacterial infections. They also found that the strains of probiotics used in the studies rarely caused adverse effects, even in children.

Benjamin Kligler, the study’s co-author stated, “With the level of evidence that probiotics work and the large safety margins for them, we see no good reason not to prescribe probiotics when prescribing antibiotics…The only drawback is that probiotics are not covered by health insurance.” A typical one-month supply of probiotics costs around $8 to $22, depending upon the brand and strain.

Kligler recommended that probiotics should be taken throughout a course of antibiotic therapy at a dose of more than 5 billion colony-forming units per day for children and more than 10 billion colony-forming units per day for adults.

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