Lactobacillus acidophilus/ bifidobacterium

Generic Name: probiotic (PRO-bi-OT-ik)
Brand Name: Examples include ReZyst IM Probiotic and Diff-Stat

Lactobacillus acidophilus/ bifidobacterium is used for:

Promoting the growth of certain types of "friendly bacteria" in the digestive tract.

Lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium is a dietary supplement.

Do NOT use lactobacillus acidophilus/ bifidobacterium if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using lactobacillus acidophilus/ bifidobacterium:

Some medical conditions may interact with lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a fever

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium. However, no specific interactions with lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use lactobacillus acidophilus/ bifidobacterium:

Use lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium by mouth before or after a meal.
  • Chew well before swallowing.
  • If you miss a dose of lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium.

Important safety information:

  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium may contain a very small amount of dairy protein. If you have trouble digesting dairy products, ask your doctor or pharmacist if your product has dairy proteins in it. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium while you are pregnant. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of lactobacillus acidophilus/ bifidobacterium:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with this product. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium:

Store lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium as directed on the prescription or medicine label. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidobacterium.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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