How to drink linex when taking antibiotics

The drug Linex is a medicine,Related to probiotics and containing three kinds of beneficial bacteria that act as representatives of the normal microflora of the human intestine. Indications for the appointment of this remedy are violations of the balance of microorganisms, which can be caused by various factors, including treatment with a broad spectrum of antibiotics.

Infringement of intestinal microflora due to admissionDrugs-antibiotics is due to the fact that these drugs are harmful not only to pathogens, but other bacteria. Therefore, those who undergo antibiotic therapy should take care of the recovery of the intestinal microflora. To this end, many experts recommend the use of Linex.

How to take (drink) Linex when taking antibiotics?

The development of intestinal dysbiosis can bePrevent if you start taking the drug Lineks before the planned antibiotic therapy (about a week), and then continue to take it during the treatment and after the treatment course. Due to the fact that Linex contains strains of bacteria that are resistant to most antibiotics, this remedy is effective even when taken together with them.

However, taking Lineks in parallel with the prescribed onesAntibiotic, one should adhere to certain rules. So, adults need to take a given probiotic three times a day for two capsules during a meal. In this case, the antibiotic should be taken at least three hours before taking Linex.

How long to take (drink) Linex with antibiotics?

How much to drink Lineks after antibiotics,Depends on the severity of symptoms of dysbacteriosis and the effectiveness of probiotic therapy. Usually, if Linex was administered concomitantly with antibiotic drugs, it should be drunk for another 7-10 days. During this time, as a rule, the intestinal microflora is restored.


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Rule 1: Any antibiotics should be taken only on doctor’s prescription

basic rule – use antibiotics only in those cases where it is impossible to do without them.Indications for use of antibiotics – the signs of acute bacterial infection, which the body can not cope on their own:

  • Persistent and prolonged increase
  • temperature purulent discharge
  • change the composition of blood – an increase of white blood cells (leukocytosis), a shift leukocyte left (increase of band andsegmented white blood cells), elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate
  • After a period of improved repeated deterioration of the patient.

known that viruses are powerless before antibiotics.Therefore, influenza, SARS, some acute intestinal infections, their use is pointless and not safe (see. Do drink antibiotics for colds and SARS).What else you need to know to everyone the right to take antibiotics?

Rule 2: Write down all the information about you received antibiotics previously

When some antibiotics, what course, under

any conditions – write.This is especially true of children taking the drugs.During the use of antibiotics is important to look at what were the side effects or allergy and burn it.The physician can not adequately pick you an antibiotic, when has no information – which, in what doses taken antibiotics you or your child before.Also it is necessary to inform the doctor about other medications you are taking (permanently or just for now).

Rule 3: Never beg for a doctor appointment

antibiotics doctor may prescribe antimicrobials without much evidence, if you insist.The use of antibiotics significantly speeds up recovery, but it is not always justified.Especially do not ask at the pharmacy “something” stronger.Stronger – does not mean effective.Sometimes a pharmacy might offer to replace one drug similar, in this case it is better to agree on such a replacement to your doctor or pharmacist to clarify the composition and the active ingredient, so as not to disturb the dosage prescribed by the doctor.

Rule 4: Turn on the analysis of bacterial seeding to select the “best” of the antibiotic

In some diseases perfect, when you can be tested for bacterial inoculation with determination of antibiotic susceptibility.When there is laboratory findings, antibiotic selection is simplified and in this case the treatment is obtained with a sniper accuracy.The disadvantage of this analysis is that the expectation of the result takes 2 to 7 days.

Rule 5: Strictly observe the time and number of intakes

Always keep regular intervals between doses of the antibiotic.It is necessary to maintain a constant concentration of drug in the blood.Many people mistakenly perceive information about the multiplicity of reception, if recommended to take 3 times a day, it does not mean that the reception must be for breakfast, lunch and dinner.This means that reception is performed through 8 hours.If 2 times a day, then just 12 hours later.

rule 6: How many days to take antibiotics?

usually enough 5-7 days, sometimes an antibiotic deadline is 10-14 days.Powerful antibiotics prolonged action, such as azithromycin (Sumamed, Azitroks, Z-factor Azitsid, Hemomitsin, Ecomed) taken once a day 3 days or 5 days, in severe cases, a doctor may prescribe the following scheme: 3 days of drinking, 3 day break- and so 3 admission.The duration of antibiotic treatment the doctor sets.

Rule 7: Continuity of treatment

If you started a course of antibiotics, in any case can not stop treatment as soon as you feel an improvement.It is necessary to continue the treatment after 2-3 days after the improvement, recovery. should also monitor the effect of the antibiotic. If within 72 hours no improvement is observed, then the pathogen is resistant to this antibiotic and should be replaced.

Rule 8: Never attempt to adjust the dosage of the antibiotic

use of drugs in small doses is very dangerous, because it increases the likelihood of resistant bacteria.Increasing the dose is also not safe, since it leads to an overdose and side effects.

Rule 9: What to drink and when to drink an antibiotic?

clearly follow the instructions on the correct reception of a particular drug, since various kinds of antibiotics of the meal:

  • ones – should be taken with food
  • others – drink one hour before meals or 1-2 hours after eating
  • recommended to wash down any medications only with water, clean, non-carbonated
  • antibiotics is not recommended to wash down with milk and dairy products, as well as tea, coffee and juices (but there are exceptions, carefully read the instructions).

10 Rule: Take probiotics

During treatment should take drugs that restore the natural microflora of the intestine (Linex, RioFlora-Immuno, Bifiform, Atsipol, Narine, gastrofarm, Primadofilus, RelaLife, Normoflorin, etc., the entire list of drugs.probiotics).As antibacterial agents destroy the beneficial bacteria in the body, it is necessary to take probiotics, eat dairy products (apart from the use of antibiotics).It is better to take these drugs in between the reception of antimicrobial agents.

Rule 11: When antibiotic treatment follow a special diet

worth abandon fatty foods, fried, smoked and canned foods, eliminate alcohol and acidic fruits.Receiving antibiotics inhibit the liver, therefore, food should not charge too much liver.The diet includes more vegetables, sweet fruit, white bread.

It’s sensible to avoid drinking alcohol when taking medication or feeling unwell. However, it is unlikely that drinking alcohol in moderation will cause problems if you are taking most common antibiotics.

To reduce the health risks associated with drinking alcohol, men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week.

When to avoid drinking alcohol completely

Completely avoid drinking alcohol when taking:

  • metronidazole – an antibiotic sometimes used to clear dental or vaginal infections, or to clear infected leg ulcers or pressure sores
  • tinidazole – an antibiotic sometimes used to treat many of the same infections as metronidazole, as well as to help clear bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) from the gut

Alcohol can cause a serious reaction when combined with these medications. Symptoms of this reaction can include:

  • breathlessness
  • headaches
  • chest pain
  • skin flushing
  • increased or irregular heartbeat
  • lightheadedness
  • nausea and vomiting

Because of this risk, you should avoid alcohol while you are taking these medications. You should continue to avoid alcohol for 48 hours after you stop taking metronidazole and 72 hours after you stop taking tinidazole.

Things like mouthwash and other medicines sometimes contain alcohol, so you should also avoid using these while you are taking metronidazole or tinidazole.

Other antibiotics that can interact with alcohol

There are some antibiotics that can sometimes interact with alcohol, so you should be wary of drinking alcohol if you are taking:

  • co-trimoxazole – drinking alcohol while taking co-trimoxazole can occasionally cause a similar reaction to that of metronidazole or tinidazole, although this is very rare; drinking alcohol in moderation does not normally cause a problem
  • linezolid – linezolid can interact with undistilled (fermented) alcoholic drinks, such as wine, beer, sherry and lager
  • doxycycline – this is known to interact with alcohol, and the effectiveness of doxycycline may be reduced in people with a history of chronic alcohol consumption; it should not be taken by people with liver problems
  • erythromycin – there is some evidence of a minor interaction with alcohol, which may slightly reduce or delay the effect of erythromycin  

Side effects

Some antibiotics have a variety of side effects, such as causing nausea and dizziness, which might be made worse by drinking alcohol. It’s best to avoid drinking alcohol while feeling unwell anyway, as the alcohol itself can make you feel worse.

Both metronidazole and tinidazole can cause drowsiness. Check with your pharmacist whether your antibiotic could make you drowsy.

You should not drive or operate machinery if you are taking an antibiotic that makes you drowsy.

Advice about your medication

Check with your GP or pharmacist when you are given your prescription if you are unsure about whether or not you can drink alcohol while you are taking antibiotics. You can also phone NHS 111 for advice.

Further information:

  • Can I take paracetamol if I’m on antibiotics?
  • When can I drink alcohol after finishing metronidazole?
  • What if I miss a dose of antibiotics?
  • Will antibiotics stop my contraceptive pill working?  
  • Medicines information
  • eMC database of medicine patient information leaflets

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