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Culturelle DS Side Effects

Generic name: lactobacillus rhamnosus gg

Note: This document contains side effect information about lactobacillus rhamnosus gg. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Culturelle DS.

For the Consumer

Applies to lactobacillus rhamnosus gg: oral capsule, oral powder for reconstitution, oral tablet chewable


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.

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

Although not all side effects are known, lactobacillus rhamnosus GG is thought to be likely safe for most people when used as directed.

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor, pharmacist, herbalist, or other healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to lactobacillus rhamnosus gg: oral capsule, oral powder for reconstitution, oral tablet chewable


Hematologic side effects including Lactobacillus bacteremia have been reported rarely. Two cases of patients with both bacteremia and sepsis attributable to the Lactobacillus species have also been reported.[Ref]

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1. Land MH, Rouster-Stevens K, Woods CR, Cannon ML, Cnota J, Shetty AK "Lactobacillus sepsis associated with probiotic therapy." Pediatrics 115 (2005): 178-81

2. Salminen MK, Tynkkynen S, Rautelin H, et al. "Lactobacillus bacteremia during a rapid increase in probiotic use of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG in Finland." Clin Infect Dis 35 (2002): 1155-60

3. "Product Information. Culturelle DS (lactobacillus rhamnosus GG)." ConAgra Functional Foods, Omaha, NE.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.