- What is Lactobacillus acidophilus?
- What brand names are available for Lactobacillus acidophilus?
- Do I need a prescription for Lactobacillus acidophilus?
- Is Lactobacillus acidophilus available as a generic drug?
- Why is Lactobacillus acidophilus prescribed to patients?
- What are the side effects of Lactobacillus acidophilus?
- What is the dosage for Lactobacillus acidophilus?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with Lactobacillus acidophilus?
- Is Lactobacillus acidophilus safe to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about Lactobacillus acidophilus?
What is Lactobacillus acidophilus?
What brand names are available for Lactobacillus acidophilus?
- Lactobacillus acidophilys and Bulgaricus,
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.
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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.
Lactobacillus acidophilus (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)is a supplement used to help regulate digestion and prevent diarrhea. Side effects, drug interactions, dosage, storage, and pregnancy safety information should be reviewed prior to taking this supplement.
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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the bladder, kidneys, ureters, or urethra. E. coli, a type of bacteria that lives in the bowel and near the anus, causes most UTIs. UTI symptoms include pain, abdominal pain, mild fever, urinary urgency and frequency. Treatment involves a course of antibiotics.
Diarrhea is a change is the frequency and looseness of bowel movements. Symptoms associated with diarrhea are cramping, abdominal pain, and the sensation of rectal urgency. Causes of diarrhea include viral, bacterial, or parasite infection, gastroenteritis, food poisoning, and drugs. Absorbents and anti-motility medications are used to treat diarrhea.
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