About "Probiotics"

Probiotics are good bacteria and yeasts that help keep our gut healthy. Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium are the two most common types of probiotics. Probiotics food includes yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, miso, etc.

Related Terms: Diarrhea, Ors, Constipation, Gastroenteritis, Ibs, Lactobacilli, Pantoprazole

Recently Answered Questions

Probiotics - Helpful Bacteria That Keep Our Gut Healthy
Article Overview: Most of the people think that bacteria and other micro-organisms are harmful germs, but many micro-organisms help our body to function properly. Probiotics fall into this category and this article discusses the importance of probiotics.  Read Article »
Dr. Hemalatha
Medical Gastroenterologist

The definition given by the World Health Organization (WHO) for probiotics is "live micro-organisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host." Probiotics are called as good and helpful bacteria. The meaning of probiotics is "for life" (pro-biota). Probiotics ...  Read Article »
Do you recommend probiotics for acid reflux?
Query: Hi doctor, I have acid reflux since 10 years. My H.pylori test is negative. I already overused Pantoprazole and it caused side effects like vitamin B12 deficiency, muscle weakness, etc. So, I would like to discontinue it. I heard that probiotics may heal my problem. Can I use probiotics? If so, th...  Read Full »
Dr. Anshul Varshney
Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your symptoms are suggestive of irritable bowel syndrome. Yes, probiotics play a wonderful role in this. In fact the famous probiotic for this purpose available in market are Darolac-IBS and VSL-3 (lactic acid). You can take them twice a day. For further information cons...  Read Full »
For how long can probiotics be taken in abdominal problem?
Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from health problems for the last 10 years, mainly abdominal problem (excessive gas) and mood swings. Actually, I had taken two terms of nine months Rifampicin. After that, the digestion problem and mood swings continued. A lot of tests were done in different big hospit...  Read Full »
Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abelrahman Abouibrahim
Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concerns. From what you mentioned, you have irritable bowel syndrome. Darolac (Lactobacillus) is a good treatment which helps replace disturbed gut flora.It is safe OTC medication, with a maintenance dose of one capsule per day. You can increase it...  Read Full »
Natural Sources and Health Benefits of Probiotics
Article Overview: This article explains about probiotics, their health benefits, and natural sources of probiotics.  Read Article »
Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal
Medical Gastroenterologist

Probiotics are naturally occurring bacteria in our gut. The word 'Probiotic' is derived from a Latin word 'Pro’ meaning ‘Promoting’ and the Greek word 'Biotic' which means 'Life.' Probiotics are live microorganisms in the gut that have several health benefits. Many kinds of ba ...  Read Article »
Should I seek medical help for the side effects of probiotics?
Query: Hi doctor, I had probiotics for two days as I was having issues with constipation and it helped me. Later, I got side effects of nausea, headache, cold and hot sweats, sleepiness, loss of appetite and going to the bathroom more often for the past three days. I discontinued probiotics. Should I seek ...  Read Full »
Dr. Sadaf Mustafa
Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for providing a precise history. I want you to understand that the probiotics are a different type of good bacteria that takes over your gut flora and start settling in your intestines and take over the existing flora in the gut. Initially, starting any probi...  Read Full »
There is no reduction in the frequency of motion in a child after giving pre and probiotics. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, My baby is 2 months old and he is suffering from motions 9 to 10 times a day. I gave him Cefixime six drops and prebiotic and probiotic 1 ml two times a day but there is no improvement. Please give me advice.  Read Full »
Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim
Child Health Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is no role of Cefixime in loose motions without bloody stools in children. Also, children below the age of six months pass stools 10 to 15 times per day or once in 2 to 3 days. So, do not worry. There may be a possibility that you may have changed the formula or f...  Read Full »
Enterogermina mistakenly added in the nebulizer. Is it dangerous?
Query: Hello doctor, I put Enterogermina in the nebulizer by mistake and gave it to my 20-month-old baby. Is it dangerous? He is taking a cough syrup and an antibiotic. Please help.  Read Full »
Dr. Baratu Bhaisara

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Enterogermina (anti-diarrheic microorganisms, multiantibiotic-resistant Bacillus clausii) is a probiotic that is available in a capsule form and a solution form. It is used as a treatment for diarrhea that is acute or chronic. I believe it will not cause any harm i...  Read Full »
My child is suffering from diarrhea.Which syrup is better? Zinc acetate or zinc sulfate?
Query: Dear Doctor, My child is suffering from diarrhea. Which syrup is better?  Zinc acetate or zinc sulfate? Give me advice.  Read Full »
Dr. E Venkata Ramana

Answer: Hi, Thank you for your query on icliniq. The treatment of diarrhea comprises of: Oral probiotic. Oral rehydration solution to prevent dehydration. Oral zinc supplementation for 2 weeks. You can give drops or syrup containing Zinc acetate in prescribed dose. If the problem persists, consult a paediat...  Read Full »
How long does it take for Acidophilus to get out of the system?
Query: Hello doctor, How long does it take for Acidophilus to get out of your system? Since stopping I have experienced indigestion. I am wondering how long it will take for the probiotic to be out of my system. Last week I started having some digestive issues. Mainly just pain and pressure in my upper ab...  Read Full »
Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat
Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I do not think your indigestion is because of Acidophilus. Also, these probiotics do not get into the system. It just stays in the GI tract. They do not get absorbed. They can stay for a longer period of time and are beneficial. I think all this indigestion-like feeling...  Read Full »
Are nausea, loose stools and wet mouth related to GERD?
Query: Hi doctor, I have GERD and was recently diagnosed with equivocal H. pylori after symptoms of wet mouth (not to the point of drooling), mild intermittent nausea (no gag or vomit) and minor upper abdomen discomfort. I completed the triple treatment (two antibiotics, Omeprazole) three weeks ago. The u...  Read Full »
Dr. Noushif M
Surgical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Nothing to worry. The loose stools may be secondary to antibiotics which you had. You can have some probiotics if it is persistent. Hope you have modified your diet and daily activities to reduce GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Judicious use of Omeprazole o...  Read Full »


Ask a Doctor Online

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours

Do you have a question on Probiotics? We have medical experts to help you right away.

Ask a Doctor Online Now!