lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus

Generic Name: lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus (LAK toe ba SIL us AS sid OFF il us and bul GAR ik us)
Brand Name: BD Lactinex, Floranex

What is lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus?

Lactobacillus is a bacteria that exists naturally in the body, primarily in the intestines and the vagina. Lactobacillus helps maintain an acidic environment in the body, which can prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Lactobacillus has been used as a probiotic, or "friendly bacteria."

Acidophilus and bulgaricus (helveticus) are two different types of lactobacillus that are combined in this product.

Lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus has been used as a probiotic to aid in digestion, to prevent diarrhea, and to relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus may work by helping the body maintain normal consistency of bacteria in the stomach and intestines.

Lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus has not been approved by the FDA to treat any disease, and it should not be substituted for prescription medications.

Lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. Some marketed herbal supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus may also have be used for other purposes not listed in this product guide.

What is the most important information I should know about lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus?

This product has not been approved by the FDA to treat any disease, and it should not be substituted for prescription medications.

Lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of this product may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. Some marketed herbal supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

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You should not use lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus if you are allergic to soy products or if you are lactose intolerant.

To make sure you can safely use lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus, tell your healthcare provider if you have asthma or allergies.

It is not known whether lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this product without medical advice if you are pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without the advice of a doctor.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus?

You should not use lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus if you are allergic to soy products or if you are lactose intolerant.

Ask a doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider if it is safe for you to use this product if you have asthma or allergies.

If you are diabetic, you should know that each packet of lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus granules contains 24 milligrams of sugar. Each tablet contains 12 mg of sugar.

It is not known whether lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this product without medical advice if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this product without medical advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without the advice of a doctor.

How should I take lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus?

When considering the use of herbal supplements, seek the advice of your doctor. You may also consider consulting a practitioner who is trained in the use of herbal/health supplements.

Do not take more of this product than is directed.

If you choose to take lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider.

Lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus is available in chewable tablet and granule forms. Some dairy products, especially yogurt, also contain lactobacillus acidophilus.

The usual dose of this product is 4 tablets 3 or 4 times per day, or one packet of granules 3 or 4 times per day. Do not use more of this product than is recommended on the label.

Do not use different forms of lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus at the same time, unless your healthcare professional has told you to. You may get too much of this product if you use different forms together.

The lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it. Drink a small amount of water, milk, or fruit juice after chewing and swallowing the tablet.

You may add the lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus granules to milk, cereal, or other food.

Store the tablets or granules in the refrigerator, do not freeze.

What happens if I miss a dose?

No information is available about missing a dose of lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus. Consult your doctor, pharmacist, or healthcare provider for instructions if you miss a dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are using lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus.

Lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; chest tightness, difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects may be more likely, and you may have none at all.

Tell your doctor, pharmacist, herbalist, or other healthcare provider about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus?

There may be other drugs that can interact with lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus. Tell your healthcare provider about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your healthcare provider.

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  • Consult with a licensed healthcare professional before using any herbal/health supplement. Whether you are treated by a medical doctor or a practitioner trained in the use of natural medicines/supplements, make sure all your healthcare providers know about all of your medical conditions and treatments.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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