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.
Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD, PhD
REFERENCE: Medline Plus - National Library of Medicine
Medscape - Lactobacillus
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