Bifidobacterium and lactobacillus
Generic Name: bifidobacterium and lactobacillus (BIF eye doe bak TEER ee um and LAK toe ba SIL us)
Brand Name: Florajen3, Phillips Colon Health, Primadophilus Bifidus, Probiotic Formula, Provella, Rezyst, Visbiome Extra Strength, ...show all 16 brand namesReZyst IM, Healthy Colon, VSL#3 DS (obsolete), VSL#3 (obsolete), Nature's Bounty Probiotic, Controlled Delivery Probiotic, Primadophilus Children, Probiotic + Colostrum, Daily Digestive 5X Probiotic
Medically reviewed on March 9, 2017
What is bifidobacterium and lactobacillus?
Bifidobacterium and lactobacillus is a medical food used as a probiotic, or "friendly bacteria" to maintain a healthy digestive tract (stomach and intestines). It may also help maintain healthy bacteria in the vagina.
Bifidobacterium and lactobacillus is used in people with irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, or an ileal pouch. Bifidobacterium and lactobacillus is also used in women to support vaginal health.
Not all uses for bifidobacterium and lactobacillus have been approved by the FDA. Bifidobacterium and lactobacillus should not be used in place of medication prescribed for you by your doctor.
Bifidobacterium and lactobacillus may also be used for purposes not listed in this product guide.
Do not use this product without medical advice. 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 bifidobacterium and lactobacillus, talk to your healthcare provider. You may not be able to use bifidobacterium and lactobacillus if you have certain medical conditions.
Bifidobacterium and lactobacillus is available in capsule, tablet, powder, and chewable tablet formulations. Do not use different formulations at the same time without medical advice.
Ask a doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider if it is safe for you to use this product if you have:
It is not known whether bifidobacterium and lactobacillus will harm an unborn baby. Ask a doctor before using this product if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether bifidobacterium and lactobacillus passes into breast milk or if it could affect a nursing baby. Ask a doctor before using this product if you are breast-feeding.
Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without medical advice.
How should I take bifidobacterium and lactobacillus?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose.
Check your product label to see whether you should take this product with or without food.
The chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it.
Mix the oral powder with a cold non-carbonated drink or soft food (applesauce, yogurt, ice cream) and eat this mixture right away. Do not save for later use.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using bifidobacterium and lactobacillus.
Store your medication as directed away from moisture, heat, and light. You may need to store the medicine in a refrigerator. Heat or humidity may affect the live bacteria in this product, making it less effective.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra bifidobacterium and lactobacillus to make up the missed 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 bifidobacterium and lactobacillus?
Do not mix the oral powder with hot liquids or foods.
Bifidobacterium and lactobacillus side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Common side effects may include:
stomach bloating or discomfort.
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.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
Bifidobacterium and lactobacillus dosing information
Usual Adult Dose for Dietary Supplement:
Bifidobacterium-lactobacillus oral capsule:
1 capsule orally daily.
Bifidobacterium-lactobacillus oral tablet, chewable:
1 tablet chewed daily.
What other drugs will affect bifidobacterium and lactobacillus?
Other drugs may interact with bifidobacterium and lactobacillus, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.
- 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.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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