bifidobacterium bifidum - oral

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bifidobacterium bifidum - oral

GENERIC NAME: BIFIDOBACTERIUM BIFIDUM - ORAL

Medication Uses | How To Use | Side Effects | Precautions | Drug Interactions | Overdose | Notes | Missed Dose | Storage

USES: This product contains the bacteria Bifidobacterium bifidum, which is naturally found in the stomach/intestines. It has been used to help maintain and restore the normal balance of intestinal bacteria when the balance has been upset (e.g., with the use of antibiotics, certain stomach/intestinal conditions). Having a normal balance of intestinal bacteria helps to decrease episodes of diarrhea, protects against undesirable bacteria infecting the gut, and helps with proper food digestion and absorption of vitamins and minerals.Some dietary supplement products have been found to contain possibly harmful impurities/additives. Check with your pharmacist for more details about the brand you use.The FDA has not reviewed this product for safety or effectiveness. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

HOW TO USE: Take this product by mouth as directed. Follow all directions on the product package. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Do not use in children younger than 2 years without consulting the doctor first.Do not take more of this product or take it for longer than recommended by the product package or your doctor's instructions.If your condition persists or worsens, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, seek immediate medical attention.

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SIDE EFFECTS: No side effects have been reported for this product.A very serious allergic reaction to this product is rare. However, stop taking this product and seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking Bifidobacterium bifidum, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.If you have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this product: stomach/intestinal problems (e.g., bloody/black/tarry stools, persistent diarrhea), a weakened immune system (immunodeficiency).During pregnancy, this product should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor.It is not known whether this product passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: If you are taking this product under your doctor's direction, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.If you are taking antibiotics, it is recommended that you separate the time of the antibiotic dose from the time you take this product by at least 2 hours.This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US National Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.

NOTES: Keep all regular medical and laboratory appointments.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

STORAGE: Refer to storage information printed on the package. Do not store in the bathroom. If you have any questions about storage, ask your pharmacist. Keep all drug products away from children and pets.Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Last Editorial Review: 8/24/2012

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CONDITIONS OF USE: The information in this database is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of healthcare professionals. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else. A healthcare professional should be consulted before taking any drug, changing any diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.

Reviewed on 8/24/2012
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