lactobacillus acidophilus

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GENERIC NAME: Lactobacillus acidophilus

BRAND NAME: Bacid, Culturelle, Dofus, Flora-Q, Floranex, Kala, Lactinex, Lacto-Bifidus, Lacto-Key, Lacto-Pectin, Lacto-TriBlend, Lactobacillus acidophilys and Bulgaricus, Megaophilus, MoreDophilus, Probiotica, RisaQuad, Superdophilus

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Lactobacillus acidophilus is an acid producing bacteria that is available in dietary supplements to restore the normal intestinal flora. 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.

PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: 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.

STORAGE: Lactobacillus preparationsshould be stored at 15-30°C.

PRESCRIBED FOR: 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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/9/2014



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