Probiotics may prevent Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea

A meta-analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, reports that probiotics may prevent Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea (CDAD) in patients taking antibiotics.  Data was pooled from 20 randomized controlled clinical trials evaluating probiotics compared to placebo or no treatment and the occurrence of CDAD.  The results indicated that the occurrence of CDAD was decreased by 66% in those taking probiotics.  What questions have you received from patients about the use of probiotics? What other indications do you recommend probiotics for?

For more information, please read the article in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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