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26 Sep 2019
Live cultures can be taken in almost any circumstances and by all ages. More information can be found in our frequently asked questions. 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.
Live cultures 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. 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 live cultures react with them. It is therefore recommended that live cultures 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 live cultures with certain medications or supplements:
You may like further information on the following:
Can I take live cultures if I am taking Warfarin?
Can I take live cultures if I have diabetes?
Healthcare practitioners see: Can I become addicted to live cultures?