Our expert says:
It is generally accepted that a dose of 100 million - 1000 million (colony forming units) is an optimal dosage for probiotic effect.
Some products contain more than this, often just because the strains in the particular product may be sensitive to the acid pH in the stomach and thus some are destroyed in their passage to the intestine.
The crux in choosing a product is to get advice on which one has been thoroughly tested and is clinically proven to work at the dose stated on the pack.
In a proven product you should not need to increase the dose while on antibiotics, it is advisable to continue with a probiotic for a few days after finishing the antibiotic course however.
Having said that, increasing the dose of probiotics should NOT cause diarrhoea.
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