Antibiotics are an effective tool to fight bacterial infections, but they are no use in fighting viruses, which are insensitive to them.
Antibiotics can cure multiple dangerous disease, but concurrently, they reduce immunity and cause problems, e.g. with the gastrointestinal tract.
Studies have demonstrated that live bacterial strains require approximately 4 weeks after the end of antibiotic therapy to re-colonize the intestines. Complete restoration of the bacterial flora may take even 6 months! Therefore, it is not proper to impair your health during an antibiotic therapy and wait for the beneficial bacteria to form a powerful protective barrier in the intestines from various microorganisms. It is recommnded to take products that contain live bacterial strains concomitantly with an antibiotic therapy. They contain beneficial bacteria Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. They protect the intestines from pathogenic microorganisms and stimulate function of the immune system. They prevent diarrheas and impairment of immunity related to an antibiotic therapy. You should remember to use them for as long as 5-7 days after the end of your antibiotic therapy.
You should pay attention to products that contain nutritive substances for live bacterial strains (e.g. oligofructose). Such product is referred to as a synbiotic and exhibits particularly beneficial effects, since adequately nourished beneficial bacteria will colonize the gastrointestinal tract and proliferate more rapidly. Therefore, they will protect the host from bad bacteria more effectively and will have beneficial effects on intestinal motility, preventing both diarrhea as well as constipation.