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Tips for Gut Flora Rebound After Antibiotics

Commented on September 12, 2013
Created September 11, 2013 at 6:45 PM

The 'doc has me on amoxicillin every 8 hours for a week after oral surgery. It's going to kill off most of the good bacteria in my gut.

How to best get it all back on track?

I'm taking probiotics in between the antibiotics so by the end of this the only strains left in my gut will probably be the ones I'm supplementing. Barring a fecal transplant, how can I get things back in balance other than yogurt and probiotics?

I know this produces nasty side effects for me, often for many months after the dosing, to the point I'm tempted to risk infection and throw out the meds. I shouldn't ask but would you risk infection to save your gut?

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on September 12, 2013
at 06:37 AM

Consider fermented foods that mirror your diet.

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on September 12, 2013
at 06:35 AM

Methodician- Reducing or cutting short a course of antibiotics helps in the creation of resistant bugs. You chose to use antibiotics.. use them properly. Finish the course. "I hope I don't get an infection" isn't much of a plan.

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on September 11, 2013
at 09:30 PM

I'm thinking I'll probably do something like that. It's just a week's prescription but I might cut it off (or reduce it to twice daily) tomorrow (the third day) and not finish the course. I just hope I don't get an infection. This is a metal alloy root implant for a tooth implant I'm having done. A lifetime of SAD eating left me with less-than-optimal chompers. My girlfriend has never had braces or done teeth whitening yet her teeth are all perfectly aligned and pearly white. She came from a fairly traditional, FOB Filipino family, lucky doll.

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on September 11, 2013
at 09:15 PM

I sure hope you're right. My gut flora seems a little shaky as is (probably one of the reasons Paleo helps me so much) and I've been on a mission to get it amped up and balanced. So I'm particularly upset that I'm being forced to upset that balance just when things were getting better.

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on September 11, 2013
at 11:52 PM

I agree that nature should take its course but a lot of the food and medicines we administer affect the flora in a unnatural way. I was told by a nutritionist I was working with said that we'd need to eat 20 cups of kefir to get the desirable amount of beneficials. Never saw any data to verify. She said supplementation is much more robust delivery to balance things. Im not sure. I add some to all my protein shakes works well for me

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on September 11, 2013
at 09:24 PM

After a course of antibiotics in 2008 I never recovered, even with lots of probiotics. Good luck: to this day I still have intestinal problems, anxiety and insomnia. Of course, I had taken antibiotics every day for 2-3 months which is probably much more severe than your case. Also, I had my wisdom teeth removed a few months ago and I was able to forego the antibiotic after using it only for a few days and I was perfectly fine. It definitely does depend on your health however.

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on September 11, 2013
at 09:30 PM

I'm thinking I'll probably do something like that. It's just a week's prescription but I might cut it off (or reduce it to twice daily) tomorrow (the third day) and not finish the course. I just hope I don't get an infection. This is a metal alloy root implant for a tooth implant I'm having done. A lifetime of SAD eating left me with less-than-optimal chompers. My girlfriend has never had braces or done teeth whitening yet her teeth are all perfectly aligned and pearly white. She came from a fairly traditional, FOB Filipino family, lucky doll.

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on September 11, 2013
at 08:20 PM

I had the same discussion with my wife this past month after dental implant. She chose to do the antibiotics, but she eats full fat plain yogurt every day and seems to have survived the ordeal. You never know what kind of infection you would get so I'd risk the Amoxicillin and try to stay away from dentists & doctors as much possible.

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on September 11, 2013
at 06:55 PM

Gut bacteria are surprisingly resilient, you won't lose them all, you'll just need time for them to equilibrate and recover. You don't need to do anything, let nature take its course.

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on September 11, 2013
at 09:15 PM

I sure hope you're right. My gut flora seems a little shaky as is (probably one of the reasons Paleo helps me so much) and I've been on a mission to get it amped up and balanced. So I'm particularly upset that I'm being forced to upset that balance just when things were getting better.

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