Do probiotics interfere with heart medication?
Question posted by Denver Barry on 17 Feb 2017
Last updated on 19 February 2017
Doc gave a really interesting response.
I recently had bowl surgery at Mayo.
I asked my surgeon how she felt about probiotics.
She told me to eating a healthy diet is what is important.
Now I'm not great at healthy diets. Lol
Do you or doc have suggestions as to a good brand?
I get overwhelmed looking at all the shelves claiming to be probiotics.
They are expensive but more importantly,
I want to choose a brand that really is a probiotic. What should I look for besides being organic?
Dear Denver, as a medical professional myself it can sometimes be difficult to rate and review and thus recommend those meds called supplements. Which are legit and which are simply "snake oil" to fraud the masses of people just looking for answers. Well, prebiotics and probiotics have been studied extensively in controlled settings and have shown to work in patients taking them. Probiotics restore normal flora in the GI tracts after such things as taking antibiotics. Some probiotics can interfere with certain heart medications BUT, the benefits of probiotics can actually aid the heart indirectly and directly by reducing the early stages of heart disease and helping to lower blood pressure. IMO, the benefits greatly outweigh the risks of taking probiotics in concert with certain cardiac meds. There are exceptions to be sure but the take home message is that this "snake oil" is actually quite helpful and with a good safety record. On the air of caution, of course and because I have never actually seen you as a patient, I would suggest that you check with your PCP and/or cardiologist about your intentions of starting probiotic therapy and if they see any normally unforeseen contradictions to what I've explained here. I hope this helps you Denver but you can always ask/comment to me again if something is confusing or just not clear. Peace to you. >> RAY...
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