Data provided by Applied Health
side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Antibiotics kill beneficial flora in the gut, which may affect digestion and/or elimination. Supplementation with acidophilus or bifidus, may aid in restoring this flora.1
• Bromelain may enhance antibiotic activity. Consult a physician or pharmacist regarding supplementation.2
• Erythromycins may interfere with the absorption of calcium, folic acid, B12, B6 and magnesium. Discuss supplementation with long term use with a pharmacist or physician.3
• Avoid digitalis with erythromycins, it may increase the risk of cardiac related side effects.4
References1 Bengmark S & Gianotti L: Nutritional support to prevent and treat multiple organ failure. World J Surg, 1996 May, 20:4, 474-81.
1 Fuller R. Probiotics in human medicine. Gut 1991;32:439-42 [review].
1 Elmer GW, Surawicz CM, McFarland LV. Biotherapeutic agents. A neglected modality for the treatment and prevention of selected intestinal and vaginal infections, JAMA 1996;275:870-76.
1 Cummings JH, Macfarlane G: Role of intestinal bacteria in nutrient metabolism, JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr, 1997, 21(6): 357-65.
1 Gorbach SL: Bengt E. Gustafsson Memorial Lecture, Function of the Normal Human Microflora, Scand J Infect Dis Suppl, 1986, 49:17-30.
2 Neubauer RA. A plant protease for potentiation of and possible replacement of antibiotics. Exp Med Surg 1961;19:143-60.
3 Holt GA. Food and Drug Interactions. Chicago: Precept Press, 1998, 107-8.
4 Bizjak ED, Mauro VF. Digoxin-macrolide drug interaction. Ann Pharmacother 1997;31:1077-79.
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