Probiotics for Acute Diarrhea

german translation / full article

Andreas Sönnichsen


Probiotics are often recommended to people with acute diarrhea. According to the manufacturers and widespread “expert opinion” they are supposed to reduce duration and severity of dysentery in children and adults. Is there any evidence for this assumption?


Studies show a wide range of different interventions, settings and results. Recommendations and evidence are mostly judged as weak by available guidelines. Nevertheless a therapeutic attempt may be justified as no relevant adverse events could be attributed to probiotics.

(State: 16.07.2015)

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