lactobacillus acidophilus

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

Is Lactobacillus acidophilus available as a generic drug?

Yes

Do I need a prescription for Lactobacillus acidophilus?

No

Why is Lactobacillus acidophilus prescribed to patients?

Lactobacillus acidophilus is used to help re-establish the normal gut or intestinal flora. It is used to restore intestinal flora, the loss of which may be caused by antibiotic treatment and is associated with diarrhea.

What are the side effects of Lactobacillus acidophilus?

Common side effects include:

Other side effects include:

What is the dosage for Lactobacillus acidophilus?

Adults: Dosing varies by manufacturer. Some dosing examples include 1 to 2 capsules daily; 8 oz of yogurt twice daily; or 1 to 10 billion colony forming units (CFU) daily divided in 3 to 4 doses.

Take at least 2 hours after receiving an antibiotic and continue for several days after stopping antibiotic treatment.

Which drugs or supplements interact with Lactobacillus acidophilus?

No significant drug interactions reported.

Is Lactobacillus acidophilus safe to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?

Lactobacillus acidophilus has not been adequately evaluated in pregnant women.

It is not known whether Lactobacillus acidophilus is secreted into breast milk.

What else should I know about Lactobacillus acidophilus?

What preparations of Lactobacillus acidophilus are available?

The bacteria are available in many different preparations - Oral: capsules, caplets, chewable tablets, tablets, granules, powder. It is also in dietary supplements and fermented foods such as yogurt.

How should I keep Lactobacillus acidophilus stored?

Lactobacillus preparationsshould be stored at 15-30°C.

How does Lactobacillus acidophilus work?

Lactobacillus acidophilus bacterial strains are normal colonizers of the bowel and work by inhibiting or decreasing the growth of harmful microorganisms in the gut by producing lactic acid. Preparations that contain these bacteria are considered to be probiotics, dietary supplements that contain live bacteria that when taken orally, restore beneficial bacteria to the body (GI tract) and promote good health.

REFERENCE: Medline Plus - National Library of Medicine
Medscape - Lactobacillus

Last Editorial Review: 11/1/2016

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Reviewed on 11/1/2016
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REFERENCE: Medline Plus - National Library of Medicine
Medscape - Lactobacillus

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