Probiotics: 'Living Drugs'

Gary W. Elmer

Disclosures

Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2001;58(12) 

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Conclusion

Probiotics have demonstrated an ability to prevent and treat some infections, particularly those confined to the vagina and the gastrointestinal tract. Effective use of probiotics has the potential to decrease patients' exposure to antimicrobials. Available probiotics appear safe but should probably be avoided in patients at high risk for septicemia.

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