Who is Optibac Probiotics For Those On Antibiotics for?
For anyone looking for a natural probiotic supplement to support their gut health during a course of antibiotics.
- Contains strains scientifically proven to survive stomach acidity and reach the gut alive, even when taken at the same time as antibiotics
- The three strains contained in this supplement are highly researched for supporting gut & digestive health*
- Complements the flora naturally present in your gut*
- Each capsule provides 4.5 billion live cultures guaranteed until date of expiry
- Easy to take on the go – no refrigeration required
- Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free (suitable for those with coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance), GMO free
- Suitable for women during pregnancy
- Safe and suitable from 1 year onwards. For those unable to swallow capsules, open and mix contents with cool drink/food
- Recommended for daily use over the course of 10 days alongside a typical course of antibiotics
- Can be used on an ongoing basis for those on long term antibiotics
- Free from artificial flavorings or colorings often found in other probiotic supplements, foods & drinks
- Update April 2021: now also with Bifidobacterium lactis Lafti B94 and providing 4.5 billion live cultures per capsule (previously 4 billion)
- From the UK’s most trusted & recommended brand of friendly bacteria supplements. As determined in an independent survey of 1000 British women+.
Available in one pack size of 10 capsules – serving size: one capsule a day.
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All questions answered by probiotic experts Dr Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc (Hons) Medical Microbiology and Kerry Beeson BSc (Nut. Med.) Nutritional Therapist.
Can I take probiotics with antibiotics?
Yes, it is absolutely fine, and advisable, to take probiotics whilst on antibiotics. This is a particularly good time to support gut health. However, only certain probiotic strains are suitable to take alongside antibiotics, so it’s best to select supplements containing strains such as Lactobacillus acidophilus/helveticus Rosell-52 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus Rosell-11, and Bifidobacterium lactis Lafti B94 which have been extensively researched alongside this type of medication1,2.
Which probiotics are best to take with antibiotics?
Many probiotic strains aren’t robust enough to take alongside antibiotic medication, so it’s important to choose strains that have been trialed alongside antibiotics and shown to reach the gut alive. Probiotic strains in For Those On Antibiotics, have been shown to do so in numerous clinical trials, even when taken at the exact same time as antibiotic medication1. These high-quality strains have been clinically trailed at various life stages including in children2,3, and can be taken during long or short courses of antibiotics.
When should I take probiotics with antibiotics?
Like most of our probiotic range, we recommend that For Those On Antibiotics, should be taken at breakfast time. It’s fine to take this supplement with breakfast and alongside your antibiotics at the same time. If you take your antibiotics at a different time of day, then still take For Those On Antibiotics with breakfast. If you choose to take a different probiotic supplement, then note that it may be necessary to leave a two-hour gap from your medication dose. Ideally however, it's best to take strains such as Lactobacillus acidophilus/helveticus Rosell-52, Lactobacillus rhamnosus Rosell-11 and Bifidobacterium lactis Lafti B94 which can be taken at the same time as your medicine.
How do probiotics help with antibiotics?
When the correct strains are taken, probiotics can support your gut health* whilst on the antibiotic medication4. Keeping friendly bacteria populations well supported can help with digestive health* when taking antibiotics. It’s best to start taking For Those On Antibiotics right away at the start of your course but don’t worry if you miss a couple of days at the beginning, just continue until the pack is complete. Many people like to continue taking probiotics once they have finished their course of medication, to maintain their support of the gut microbiome.
1. Nagulesapillai V. Detection and Quantification of Strain Specific Probiotics in Clinical Fecal Samples of Healthy Adults on Antibiotic Treatment by Quantitative PCR. Poster presentation. 2015;1(1).
2. Maydannik V. et al. ‘Efficiency and safety of Lacidofil in children with antibiotic-associated diarrhoea caused by Clostridium difficile.’ Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 2010;2(3):53-57.
3. Chernyshov P v. Randomized, placebo-controlled trial on clinical and immunologic effects of probiotic containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus R0011 and L. helveticus R0052 in infants with atopic dermatitis. Published online 2009. doi:10.3109/08910600903444234
4. Evans M, Salewski RP, Christman MC, Girard SA, Tompkins TA. Effectiveness of Lactobacillus helveticus and Lactobacillus rhamnosus for the management of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea in healthy adults: A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. British Journal of Nutrition. 2016;116(1):94-103.