According to a recent study published in the Lancet, administration of lactobaccilli and bifidobacteria was not effective in preventing diarrhea associated with broad spectrum antibiotic use. About 3,000 elderly inpatients were included in the study and those who received the lactobaccili and bifidobacteria had similar rates of diarrhea compared to the placebo counterparts. Although the study did not support routine use of these strains of probiotics, the authors believe more research on the pathophysiology of antibiotic associated diarrhea is needed. The causes of diarrhea can be caused by multiple factors including type of antibiotic used, patients’ different disease states, diets, and age. What are your personal /professional experiences as their relate to probiotic use for antibiotic-induced diarrhea?
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