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Should I take antibiotics? [Part 2]

Part 1 of this article can be found here.

Started Antibiotics

Well, I wasn’t getting better, so I decided to take the antibiotics before I had infection spread to my brain or something crazy.  As delirious as I was at this point, though, I knew I needed to do whatever I could to prevent a C Diff relapse.

I’m not a physician.  Do not use this as medical advise.  Please seek advise from a qualified physician regarding any worries you may have regarding C Diff or any other ailment.

I started myself on the following prior to starting my Z-Pak antibiotics:

  • Lactobacillus GG (Culturelle) 2 pills @ 10 billion cells each – 4x per day
  • Saccharomyces boulardii (Florastor) 2 pills @ 50mg each – 4x per day
  • Dan Active containing 3 probiotics (Dannon) 1 drink @ 3.3oz each – 4x per day

Rationale

I’m taking these with meals and before bed.  I’m taking my antibiotic in the morning before the probiotics.   My theory is that since my antibiotic is once daily that I should get it into my system 30 minutes before the probiotics.  Then, it makes sense to me that you want the probiotics to go down with food, because they’ll be more likely to consume the sugars you send with them and have a better chance of survival or thriving.  Of course, keeping them coming on a regular basis throughout the day means that as the antibiotic may be killing the probiotics, they’ll always have a new backup battalion coming in a few hours.

I am excited to say that I’m 4 days into the antibiotics and I have no C Diff yet.  This doesn’t prove anything at all, but I sure am excited so far.  It is possible I no longer have C Diff harboring in my intestines at all anyway, but it is also possible that these probiotics are working.

I’ll update you as soon as I’m finished with the antibiotics.

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  • Casey Jay -

    I took the whole 9 yards in March…lost some intestine and made it back…what a night mare!!!
    I do a probiotic every day and yogurt on most days…now I have an infected finger and am on amoxicillan..I have increased my intake of probiotic up to 4 a day…I did not know that I should have waited two hours either before or after taking the antibiotic…so now I will be doing that….the dr’s are amused at my constant concern of any relapes…I will always live on the defense of ever getting c diff again.

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