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How To Recover Gut Flora after Antibiotics?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 21, 2013 at 10:34 PM

I used Tetracycline for a year and half for moderate to severe acne. My doctor and pharmacist assured me it was safe and my dad had taken it for years when he was younger.

I am now suffering from chronic abdominal pain that can be cramping or digestive; as well as diahrea for over 3 months.

I believe that the Tetracycline killed off the good as well as the bad bacteria in my gut. (Though my family doctor does not agree.)

I stopped taking the Tetracycline 3 months ago.

I am going for a Colonoscopy next week.

Would taking probiotics and eating Kefir help me out.

My doctor just diagnosed me with IBS on my first visit so I dropped him.

I wish I knew more about the side effects of this medication before taking it. None of the online literature lists this as a side effect.

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on July 22, 2013
at 10:59 AM

Your GI tract is surprisingly resilient, give it a few days to recover, feeding what gut bacteria have survived with prebiotics (not probiotics).

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on July 22, 2013
at 08:48 AM

I am not so sure it is caused by the acne treatment which lots of people take without problems. Do make sure you look at all the other possible causes. Eat as natural a diet as you can.

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on July 22, 2013
at 02:56 AM

Target sells vsl the cheapest and ive shopped around for it. Be careful with florastor, i took one pill and had about 18 bowel movements a day until i realized it was the florastor causing it. Luckily it gets out of your system after a few days. Id even send you the rest of my bottle since im never taking ut again. No charge! Haha

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on July 22, 2013
at 02:43 AM

I am experiencing chronic abdomen pain, occasional diahrea too. Looking at all my options, just want to feel as well as I possibly can.

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on July 22, 2013
at 02:07 AM

Prescript Assist. It's not cheap but it works. Right now you need the best.

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on July 22, 2013
at 12:22 AM

If your taking probiotics I would suggest focusing on prebiotic foods as well. These include root vegetables, onion, garlic, asparagus, leek. Prebiotics are fuel for probiotics and healthy gut flora. Without them probiotics can be rendered quite ineffective. I would suggest using an isolated probiotic supplement and avoid yogurt and kefir for the moment. Although yogurt and kefir are more easily digested than milk, they still can??t be considered as gentle on digestion due to the complexity of their metabolism and tendency to cause imbalances in stomach acidity. Miso, sauerkraut etc are much better probiotic sources.

In my experience digestive disorders often have a root in food intolerances and allergies. It might be a good life investment, though moderately expensive, to invest in food allergy testing (involves clinical testing to measure antibody responses to a range of different foods). If testing is not available to you, it might be to your benefit to try a low allergy diet for a while. Dairy, peanuts, soy, sesame and eggs are quite commonly allergenic. Lactose! is the most common problem. I cannot stress this enough. Skin health is a good way to measure allergic responses, so check that way or do the testing.

Hope that helps.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 22, 2013
at 02:36 AM

Are you sure you need to do anything at all? Experiencing symptoms?

Ca74e2741915745c2bdd3a506be9346e

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on July 22, 2013
at 02:43 AM

I am experiencing chronic abdomen pain, occasional diahrea too. Looking at all my options, just want to feel as well as I possibly can.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on July 22, 2013
at 10:59 AM

Your GI tract is surprisingly resilient, give it a few days to recover, feeding what gut bacteria have survived with prebiotics (not probiotics).

6fece842bd1bcf5724f458a302a2156e

(1169)

on July 22, 2013
at 08:48 AM

I am not so sure it is caused by the acne treatment which lots of people take without problems. Do make sure you look at all the other possible causes. Eat as natural a diet as you can.

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Ca74e2741915745c2bdd3a506be9346e

on July 22, 2013
at 12:56 AM

Thanks for the replies everyone!

Any recommendations on which probiotic supplement to take?

I was thinking either Acidophilus DDS, Digestive Advantage or Florastor.

VSL #3 looks great but a little to expensive right now.

I am gonna stock up on Miso Soup and Sauerkraut.

I'm gonna try those prebiotic foods too, a bit afraid they may cause a lot of gas in me.

Wish I knew about all this a year ago.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on July 22, 2013
at 02:56 AM

Target sells vsl the cheapest and ive shopped around for it. Be careful with florastor, i took one pill and had about 18 bowel movements a day until i realized it was the florastor causing it. Luckily it gets out of your system after a few days. Id even send you the rest of my bottle since im never taking ut again. No charge! Haha

D396b126240f584bc358e6e4fd84e9e3

(455)

on July 22, 2013
at 02:07 AM

Prescript Assist. It's not cheap but it works. Right now you need the best.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on July 21, 2013
at 11:12 PM

yeah, definitely eat as much probiotic food as you can. i'm in a similar position. been on antibiotics 6x since 2011 and have ulcerative colitis. just finished a course of vancomycin about 3 weeks ago and have been taking VSL probiotics, drinking kefir, and eating sauerkraut. my gut is still very unhappy though.

good luck with your colonoscopy! I always hated doing the clean out preps so I stopped doing them about 5 colonoscopies ago. now I just do three days of liquids beforehand and i'm all cleaned out. the preps suck.

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on July 21, 2013
at 11:04 PM

Yes! Probiotics definitely, plus some fermented veggies, and keifer/yogurt if you can tolerate dairy.

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on July 22, 2013
at 05:59 PM

I'm using these for probiotics -> http://www.iherb.com/Healthy-Origins-Probiotic-30-Billion-CFU-s-60-Vcaps/19518

Currently taking 2 capsules to empty stomach when going to sleep. In the morning I'll have organic kefir or kombucha before eating anything else. I also try to regularly eat other fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi.

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on July 22, 2013
at 05:39 PM

Excellent replies by everyone. I can attest personally that krauts after a colonoscopy do you a lot of good. I have a trusted local source of krauts and I used only that source to reconstitute my flora, although side-to-side those krauts are not better or worse for my system than those I make at home occasionally. You can (and should) definitely use a colonoscopy as an opportunity to improve your health. I did not pay attention to the pre- part since we eat a lot of different roots here in the course of the winter (carrots, beets, turnips, parsnips, allium), but starting next year I want to grow chicory root in the garden (I already grow the rest of the roots above). I concur also that you want krauts (or kimchi), not yogurt.

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on July 22, 2013
at 04:45 AM

PROBIOTICS are a must! I adore Life Extension brand and highly recommend them when all f your procedures are over :)

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on July 22, 2013
at 02:12 AM

Here is a good resource

www.syontix.com

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