Fast Five Quiz: Probiotics Facts vs Fiction

Mary L. Windle, PharmD


March 03, 2021

No absolute contraindications to probiotic use are recognized. However, immunocompromised individuals and those with short bowel syndrome have reportedly experienced pathologic infection, including bacteremia, with probiotic species following oral administration. It may be advisable to avoid probiotics in these patients.

Some studies have shown that probiotic use among patients with obesity may aid in significantly decreasing body weight and/or body fat. Investigations into the use of probiotics in children with atopic dermatitis may be beneficial. Women who experience recurrent urinary tract infections may also benefit from probiotic use.

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