Amanda Turkiewicz

What are probiotics?

FlorastorWhat are probiotics?

Probiotics are live microorganisms (yeast or bacteria) that may improve the microbial balance of your gut and prevent diarrhea. Most probiotics are similar to the bacteria that are found naturally in your gut.

Why do you want to replace the bacteria/yeast in your gut?

The antibiotics that you are taking to kill the bacteria in your lungs also kill the bacteria and yeast that are normally found in your gut. In many patients this can lead to diarrhea - specifically called antibiotic associated diarrhea (AAD). By replacing the bacteria in your gut that have been killed with good bacteria/yeast you may experience fewer episodes of diarrhea and less cramping or bloating.

The two most common probiotics used in CF patients are Lactobacillus species and Saccharomyces boulardii (Florastor®).