Bacillus coagulans and inulin
Generic name: bacillus coagulans and inulin (ba SIL us coe AG ue lans and IN ue lin)
Brand name: Probiotic Formula (Bacillus Coagulans), Probichew
Dosage forms: oral capsule (-); oral tablet, chewable (-)
Drug class: Probiotics
What is bacillus coagulans and inulin?
Bacillus coagulans has been used as a probiotic, or "friendly bacteria," to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria in the stomach and intestines. Inulin is fiber that is made from chicory roots. Inulin works in the intestines to help grow probiotic bacteria.
Bacillus coagulans and inulin is a combination product that has been used in alternative medicine as an aid in treating stomach conditions such as gas pain, constipation, or diarrhea (including viral diarrhea, traveler's diarrhea, or diarrhea caused by taking antibiotic medicine). Bacillus coagulans and inulin has also been used to relieve symptoms of irritable bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, or stomach ulcer associated with H. pylori (Helicobacter) infection.
It is not certain whether bacillus coagulans and inulin is effective in treating any medical condition. Medicinal use of this product has not been approved by the FDA. Bacillus coagulans and inulin should not be used in place of medication prescribed for you by your doctor.
Bacillus coagulans and inulin is often sold as an herbal supplement. There are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for many herbal compounds and some marketed 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.
Bacillus coagulans and inulin may also be used for purposes not listed in this product guide.
Follow all directions on the product label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
Before using bacillus coagulans and inulin, talk to your healthcare provider. You may not be able to use this product if you have certain medical conditions.
Avoid using this product if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant.
Avoid using this product if you are breastfeeding.
Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without medical advice.
How should I take bacillus coagulans and inulin?
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.
If you choose to use bacillus coagulans and inulin, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider. Do not use more of this product than is recommended on the label.
You must chew the chewable tablet before you swallow it.
Call your doctor if the condition you are treating with bacillus coagulans and inulin does not improve, or if it gets worse while using this product.
If you need surgery, a medical procedure, or dental work you may need to stop taking bacillus coagulans and inulin ahead of time.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Skip the missed dose and take the next regularly scheduled 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 bacillus coagulans and inulin?
Follow your healthcare provider's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
Bacillus coagulans and inulin side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Although not all side effects are known, bacillus coagulans and inulin is thought to be possibly safe when taken by mouth for a short period of time.
Call your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider at once if you have:
severe stomach pain;
fever, chills; or
Common side effects may include:
stomach bloating; or
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect bacillus coagulans and inulin?
Antibiotic medicines can make bacillus coagulans and inulin much less effective when taken at the same time. If you take an antibiotic, take your bacillus coagulans and inulin dose 2 hours before or 2 hours after you take the antibiotic.
Do not take bacillus coagulans and inulin without medical advice if you are using an immunosuppressant medication, such as:
This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect bacillus coagulans and inulin, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.
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.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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