What is Acidophilus® (lactobacillus acidophilus) used for?
Acidophilus® is 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® may also be used for other purposes not listed in this product guide.
How should I take Acidophilus® (lactobacillus acidophilus)?
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.
How do I store Acidophilus® (lactobacillus acidophilus)?
Acidophilus® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Acidophilus® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Acidophilus® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Acidophilus® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Acidophilus® (lactobacillus acidophilus)?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Acidophilus® or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Acidophilus® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Acidophilus®. Acidophilus® is pregnancy risk category N, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk
- B=No risk in some studies
- C=There may be some risk
- D=Positive evidence of risk
What side effects can occur from Acidophilus® (lactobacillus acidophilus)?
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.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Acidophilus® (lactobacillus acidophilus)?
Acidophilus® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Does food or alcohol interact with Acidophilus® (lactobacillus acidophilus)?
Acidophilus® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Acidophilus® (lactobacillus acidophilus)?
Acidophilus® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Acidophilus® (lactobacillus acidophilus).
What is the dose of Acidophilus® (lactobacillus acidophilus) for an adult?
Ask your doctor more information about dosage.
What is the dose of Acidophilus® (lactobacillus acidophilus) for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is Acidophilus® (lactobacillus acidophilus) available?
Acidophilus® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Acidophilus®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: August 14, 2017 | Last Modified: September 2, 2017
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