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Probiotics: do they reduce the incidence of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea in adults?
Report by: Lee Helliwell, SpR Emergency Medicine
Checked by: Catherine Jackson, SpR Emergency Medicine
Institution: Lancashire Teaching Hospital, Preston, UK
In [adult patients taking antibiotics] does the [coadministration of probiotics] [reduce the incidence of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea]?
Your relative has returned from their general practitioner with a prescription for antibiotics. They ask you if there is anything they could take to prevent diarrhoea following the antibiotics, as, on occasions, it has resulted in them stopping the antibiotics early. You have some recollection regarding the use of probiotics and wonder whether there is evidence to support their use in this …
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