Known interactions

No interactions found.

What we now about Lactobacillus

Brand Name(s): Bacid, Kala, Lactinex, MoreDophilus, Pro-Bionate, Superdophilus

Generic Name Lactobacillus

What are Lactobacillus capsules, chewable tablets, granules, or tablets?

LACTOBACILLUS products (Bacid®, Culturelle®, DDS®-Acidopholus, Lactinex®, MoreDophilus®, Primadophilus Reuteri™) contain a harmless bacteria that helps to reestablish the bacteria in the human colon. Products may contain one or more of the following bacteria: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, or Lactobacillus reuteri. These products are considered dietary supplements by the FDA. They are used to treat or prevent diarrhea caused by an infection or by antibiotics. Various brand name products are available.

What should my health care professional know before I receive Lactobacillus?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • chronic disease or suppressed immune system
  • prosthetic heart valve or valvular heart disease
  • an unusual reaction to Lactobacillus, any medicines, lactose or milk, other foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should this medicine be used?

Lactobacillus products are taken by mouth. Follow the directions on the label. The capsules, chewable tablets, and tablets should be taken with a small amount of milk, fruit juice, or water. The granules should be added to or taken with cereal, food, milk, fruit juice, or water.

Over-the-counter (OTC) Lactobacillus products are not recommended for children under 3 years unless prescribed by a doctor. Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What drug(s) may interact with Lactobacillus?

There are no known interactions of Lactobacillus products with food, beverages, or other medications.

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What side effects may I notice from receiving Lactobacillus?

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • difficulty breathing or tightness in the chest or throat
  • skin rash, hives, or severe itching
  • severe nausea or vomiting
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation
  • flatulence
  • hiccups

What should I watch for while taking Lactobacillus?

If you have allergies to milk or you are sensitive to lactose, avoid using Lactobacillus products. Stop using immediately if you develop signs of an allergic reaction such as skin rash or difficulty breathing; contact your health care provider immediately.

Do not use for more than 2 days unless directed by your doctor. Do not use if you have a high fever; see your health care provider for advice.

Where can I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

Most Lactobacillus products require refrigeration to maintain potency. Read the label for the specific product you are using. Do not freeze. Throw away any unused product after the expiration date.

(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)

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