Acidophilus

Name: Acidophilus

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking lactobacillus acidophilus?

Ask a doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider if it is safe for you to use this product if you have:

  • short bowel syndrome; or

  • a weak immune system (caused by disease or by using certain medicine).

Ask a doctor before using this product if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without medical advice.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra lactobacillus acidophilus to make up the missed dose.

What other drugs will affect lactobacillus acidophilus?

Do not take lactobacillus acidophilus without medical advice if you are using any medications that can weaken your immune system, such as:

  • medicine to prevent organ transplant rejection; or

  • steroid medicine (prednisone, dexamethasone, methylprednisolone, and others).

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with lactobacillus acidophilus, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this product guide.

What is acidophilus?

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

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. It may work by helping the body maintain normal consistency of bacteria in the stomach, intestines, and vagina.

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

Acidophilus has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages 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.

Acidophilus may also be used for other purposes not listed in this product guide.

Important information

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

Acidophilus has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of 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.

Talk to your doctor before taking 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 acidophilus.

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

How should I take acidophilus?

When considering the use of herbal supplements, seek the advice of your doctor. You may also consider consulting a practitioner who is trained in the use of herbal/health supplements.

Do not take more of this product than is directed.

If you choose to take acidophilus, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider. Do not use more of this product than is recommended on the label.

Acidophilus is available in capsule and tablet form. Powder or liquid forms may also be available. Some dairy products, especially yogurt, also contain acidophilus.

Do not use many different forms (such as tablets, topical formulations, and others) of acidophilus at the same time, unless your healthcare professional has told you to. You may get too much of this product if you use different forms together.

Store this product in a sealed container as directed on the product label, away from moisture, heat, and light.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid?

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

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