What is lactobacillus acidophilus?

Lactobacillus acidophilus is a bacteria that exists naturally in the body, primarily in the intestines and the vagina. Lactobacillus acidophilus helps maintain an acidic environment in the body, which can prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.

Lactobacillus acidophilus has been used to treat or prevent vaginal yeast infections, yeast infections of the mouth, diarrhea caused by taking antibiotics, and urinary tract infections. Lactobacillus acidophilus may work by helping the body maintain normal consistency of bacteria in the stomach, intestines, and vagina.

Lactobacillus acidophilus has not been approved by the FDA to treat any disease, and it should not be substituted for prescription medications.

Lactobacillus acidophilus has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of lactobacillus acidophilus may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. Some marketed herbal supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Lactobacillus acidophilus may also have be used for other purposes not listed in this product guide.

Precautions

Talk to your doctor before taking lactobacillus acidophilus if you have any other medical conditions, allergies, or if you take other medicines or herbal/health supplements. Under certain conditions, it may be dangerous for you to take lactobacillus acidophilus.

Do not take lactobacillus acidophilus without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or may become pregnant during treatment.

Do not take lactobacillus acidophilus without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without the advice of a doctor.

Follow your doctor’s instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are using lactobacillus acidophilus.

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Instructions

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this product.

Symptoms of a lactobacillus acidophilus overdose are not known.

No information is available about missing a dose of lactobacillus acidophilus. Consult your doctor, pharmacist, or healthcare provider for instructions if you miss a dose.

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Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects may be more likely, and you may have none at all.

Tell your doctor, pharmacist, herbalist, or other healthcare provider about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Interactions

There may be other drugs that can interact with lactobacillus acidophilus. Tell your healthcare provider about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your healthcare provider.

Other Names

Acidophilus, Acidophilus Extra Strength, Bacid, Flora-Q, Flora-Q 2, Floranex, Novaflor, Superdophilus, lactobacillus acidophilus, Floranex (obsolete), and RisaQuad

Available Strengths & Dosages


Route Form Strength
oral tablet -
oral capsule -

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