Probiotics — or live microorganisms intended to boost health, such as the bacteria in some yogurts — have become popular items in vitamin stores and even many supermarkets. One of probiotics' most popular uses is in preventing and treating digestive problems.
A new analysis of 82 earlier studies finds that probiotics have potential in alleviating the diarrhea that afflicts about one-third of people treated with antibiotic medications. Probiotics reduced the risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea by 42%, according to the analysis in today's Journal of the American Medical Association.Diarrhea is more common with certain antibiotics, particularly at high doses needed to treat serious infections.
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