If you take antibiotics, you may experience stomach upset and diarrhea. For some, these side effects are enough to cause folks to stop taking their antibiotics.
Use of probiotics was associated with a 42 percent lower risk of developing diarrhea when taking antibiotics as compared to not using probiotics. The RAND analysis estimates that 13 people would need to use probiotics in order to prevent one case of antibiotic-associated diarrhea.
- Probiotic Products May Prevent Antibiotic-Linked Diarrhea (nlm.nih.gov)
- Consumption of probiotics associated with reduced risk of diarrhea from antibiotic use (eurekalert.org)
- Probiotics Can Ease Digestive Upset of Antibiotics (well.blogs.nytimes.com)