Usage & Storage
Symprove is not a pharmaceutical product, it is a food supplement. It is extremely difficult to overdose on Symprove but we do not advise you consume more than the daily recommended amount. Consuming a large amount of bacteria may result in bloating or flatulence. This will often subside, however if symptoms persist for longer than a few days, reduce your dose of Symprove and gradually build it up again. Please phone our customer care team on 01252 413600, or see a healthcare professional, in the event of any side effects that do not subside.
Alcohol can have a strong negative effect on your gut bacteria. We recommend alcohol is avoided for a few hours after taking Symprove.
The bacteria in Symprove easily survive in ambient temperatures. Once you open a bottle of Symprove, please pop in the fridge to maximise shelf-life. If you are travelling abroad with Symprove, it can go in the hold of an aeroplane without any problems. If your destination is warm/hot and you do not have access to a fridge, we recommend you fill a sink with cold water and keep your Symprove in it to keep cool. Remember to change the water regularly to try and keep it as cool as you can. We have many cabin crew who take Symprove and this was a top tip from them!
In order to keep your gut bacteria in optimum balance once the 12-week programme is complete, we recommend that you continue to take Symprove – why not consider a subscription?
Simply fill the small cup (70ml) provided with your bottle of Symprove and take every morning on an empty stomach. Wait 10 minutes (ideally) before eating or drinking then continue with your day as usual. Each cup contains about 10 billion live colony forming units.
Before opening, Symprove should be stored in a cool dark place. After opening, it should be kept in the fridge to ensure the live and active bacteria are kept in optimum condition. Once opened, Symprove should be consumed within three weeks. Symprove should never be frozen or heated as this would kill the bacteria.
Yes, it’s always helpful to top up your gut during or after antibiotic treatment to maintain balance in the gut. Whilst antibiotics usually help to get on top of illness, they can also destroy the ‘beneficial’ bacteria in the gut at the same time.
We recommend that you take Symprove at a different time to your antibiotics if possible – remember that ideally you should take Symprove a minimum of 10 minutes before eating or drinking to allow it to pass through the stomach to get to where it needs to.
We recommend you take Symprove first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, before breakfast. Ideally, you should wait a minimum of 10 minutes before eating and drinking to allow Symprove the best chance of reaching your gut quickly and begin colonising. If you do eat immediately afterwards or drink Symprove with food, it won’t do you any harm but it may slow down the delivery of Symprove. If you forget to take Symprove first thing and have eaten, allow two hours after eating and then take Symprove.
The recommended dose of 70ml a day is to ensure that colonisation of the gut is maintained by the bacteria within Symprove. Each person has a different gut microbiome and may be affected differently by missing a dose or stopping Symprove. Whilst there may be no obvious change to your body, we advise that you return to a daily recommended use as soon as possible.
Symprove is bottled as a live culture but it can be stored at room temperature in a cool, dry place. The shelf-life is three to four months (please read the best before date which is printed on the bottle). Once opened, keep refrigerated but do not freeze or heat as this will kill the bacteria.