A study has shown that specific probiotic strains can reduce antibiotic associated diarrhoea (AAD) and Clostridium difficile associated diarrhoea (CDAD).  Clostridium difficile associated diarrhoea is a common hospital acquired infection that is severely debilitating, and often prevalent in those that are vulnerable after surgery or recuperating.

In the study just over 500 patients were divided into 3 groups and given either a low dose of the probtiotic strains, a higher dose or a placebo. The probiotics used in the study were administered daily up to 7 days after the final antibiotic dose.  The strains studied were lactobacillus acidophilus, lactobacillus paracasei, bifidobacterium lactis (2 strains) and bifido bacterium bifidum.

The main purpose of the study was to monitor the incidence of AAD but the researchers also included incidence of CDAD, diarrhoea duration, stools per day, bloody stools, fever, abdominal cramping, and bloating.

Incidences of fever, abdominal pain, and bloating were lower with increasing the probiotic dose. The number of daily liquid stools and average duration of diarrhoea decreased with higher probiotic dosage.

The tested four-strain probiotic combination appears to lower the risk of AAD, CDAD, and gastrointestinal symptoms in a dose-dependent manner in adult in-patients.

For those who are facing surgery, taking a good is another way to support your gut and enhance immunity.  Probiotics can be taken before, during and after surgery and antibiotic use.

To ensure the efficacy of the probiotics, you should take them at least 2 hours away from your antibiotic medication.

To read the abstract of the research please click on the link below: