Antibiotics for Acidophilus
Acidophilus and Antibiotics - Acidophilus While on Antibiotics
Other common name(s): lactic acid bacteria
Scientific/medical name(s): Lactobacillus acidophilus (L. acidophilus)
Acidophilus is a type of germ or bacterium commonly found in the normal digestive tract of mammals, mainly in the small intestine. It is also found in many dairy products, especially yogurt. Acidophilus and some related bacteria are considered to be "probiotic" because they may help the body maintain or restore its normal balance of helpful bacteria.
Acidophilus has been promoted for a wide variety of conditions, including cancer. There have been no studies with humans on the role of Lactobacillus acidophilus in preventing or treating human cancers. Animal studies looking at the role of L. acidophilus in reducing the risk of cancer have shown varying results. Further research is needed.
Acidophilus and Antibiotics
Antibiotics are wonderful things, killing off all kinds of nasty stuff that can kill you. Newer and better antibiotics come along all the time, racing to keep ahead of all the mutating bacteria and other assorted crap.
However, there are always problems with anything. One inherent problem with antibiotics is that they will tend to kill off things in you that you don't want killed off. Vis a vis bacteria, antibiotics tend to run on a Republican philosophy: Kill 'em all, and let God sort 'em out.
This includes good bacteria that you are supposed to have in the intestines. Killing off these healthy bacteria thus often causes diarrhea for patients taking antibiotics. This has been a significant problem for many people.
Yet it is actually easy to avoid, if you know how to do it. Just compensate for what you're losing. There are at least a couple of simple ways to do it. One is simply eating yogurt. This is the commonly recommended dietary source for these good bacterial cultures. Delicious and nutritious.
Even better though, you can buy acidophilus pills as nutritional supplements. Five bucks will get you a two month supply at the Wal-Mart. If you're just on antibiotics for a couple of days with a flu, you might just grab a little yogurt. If you're on any more serious regimen, supplements will give you a cheaper and more controlled dosage.
How is it promoted for use?
Some supporters claim acidophilus may lower the risk of cancer, especially colon cancer. It is supposed to do this by neutralizing cancer-causing agents (carcinogens) in the diet and by directly killing tumor cells. Some also claim that acidophilus works against cancer by boosting the immune system by making B vitamins and vitamin K, and that it reduces levels of cholesterol, which proponents say tumor cells need in order to grow.
Problems or Complications
Some such products may not contain the amount of the herb or substance that is written on the label, and some may include other substances (contaminants). Actual amounts per dose may vary between brands or even between different batches of the same brand.
Most such supplements have not been tested to find out if they interact with medicines, foods, or other herbs and supplements. Even though some reports of interactions and harmful effects may be published, full studies of interactions and effects are not often available. Because of these limitations, any information on ill effects and interactions below should be considered incomplete.
There appear to be few short-term problems with taking acidophilus. Some people have reported excess bloating or gas for the first few days while taking the supplement. In rare cases, acidophilus may cause serious infections that are hard to treat with antibiotics. People with weakened immune systems, such as those who are taking steroids or undergoing chemotherapy, who have received organ transplants, or who have AIDS, should use acidophilus with caution.
The lack of standardization makes it hard to be sure of the quality of acidophilus products. Because acidophilus must contain live cultures in order to be effective, proper packaging and storage is essential. Many products may contain other bacteria or may not contain enough of the active organisms, especially if the product has been sitting on a shelf for a while.
Relying on this type of treatment alone and avoiding or delaying conventional medical care for cancer may have serious health consequences.
Source - http://www.cancer.org