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25 Sep 2019
Probiotics can be taken in almost any circumstances and by all ages. More information can be found in our frequently asked questions and by reading the article: Are probiotics safe to take? However, there are a 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.
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.
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 certain live cultures.
However, these medical circumstances have only been highlighted as there is limited research on how probiotics react with them. It is therefore recommended that probiotic supplements are not taken in these circumstances unless with the advice of a doctor. We also suggest you contact providers directly for guidance on their products.
There are no known contraindications with medical drugs or supplements, however there are some considerations when taking a probiotic supplement with certain medications or supplements:
You may like further information on the following:
Healthcare practitioners can visit Probiotic Professionals to see: Can I become addicted to probiotics?