What medications can interact with probiotics?

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Probiotics are generally safe and not known to interact with many medications -- but they are regulated as a food rather than a medication, so study has not been as stringent as it would be for a drug. There is concern that antibiotics taken at the same time as bacteria-based probiotics would kill the beneficial bacteria in the latter; also, people taking immunosuppressants may be in danger of illness from the active bacteria in most probiotics. An animal study also showed that the activity of drugs that are substrates of hepatic drug-metabolizing enzymes could be affected by probiotics, but this has not yet been confirmed in human studies. 

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.
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