Probiotics help prevent diarrhea caused by antibiotic consumption


Probiotics help prevent diarrhea caused by antibiotic consumptionPeople who are taking antibiotics often have diarrhea and digestive problems as a side effect. Recent studies suggest that probiotic foods can help prevent diarrhea caused by antibiotics.

This was discovered by researchers at the Cochrane Collaboration after observing 4,213 patients in 23 trials. They found that patients who took probiotics are safer from diarrhea compared with patients taking placebo.

Consumption of antibiotics can disrupt the ecosystem of organisms presented in the digestive system and cause bacteria such as C. difficile that grows too much. The bacteria then can cause diarrhea, painful bowel inflammation, and even death.

“Research to prevent the development of C. difficile bacteria is very important. Approach using probiotics is a good idea. Probiotics can make the balance of bacteria in the digestive system,” said Professor Brendan Wren of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who was not involved in the study, as reported by the BBC (31/05).

Researchers suggest that people who takes a lot of antibiotics eats foods containing probiotics to prevent diarrhea. Even so, the researchers explain that further research need to be done to figure out what kind of probiotics works best.