What is Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense used for?
Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense contains probiotics and digestive enzymes. Probiotics have different types of bacteria. Some conditions (such as antibiotic use, travel) can change the normal balance of bacteria (flora) found in the stomach and intestines. Probiotics are used to improve digestion and restore normal flora. Digestive enzymes (such as lipase, lactase) are natural substances needed by the body to help break down and digest food.
Probiotics with digestive enzymes have been used to prevent bowel symptoms (such as gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort) and to treat lactose intolerance. Different products have differentuses. Check the label for information on uses for your particular product.
This product should not be used as replacement treatment for digestive enzymes (such as in cystic fibrosis, cancer of the pancreas).
Some supplement products have been found to contain possibly harmful impurities/additives. Check with your pharmacist for details about the brand you use.
How should I take Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense?
Follow all directions on the product package. If your doctor has prescribed this product, take it as directed. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Antibiotics may prevent this product from working well. Take this product at least 2 hours before or after taking antibiotics.
If your condition persists or worsens, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, get medical help right away.
How do I store Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense?
Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense 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 Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense 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 Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense?
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 Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense.
What side effects can occur from Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense?
Diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain/cramps, nausea, vomiting, gas, or bloating may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: signs of infection (such as sore throat that doesn’t go away, fever, chills).
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
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 Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense?
Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense 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 Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense?
Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense 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 Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense?
Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense 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.
Health conditions that may interact with this drug, such as:
- Disease of the pancreas
- Diarrhea lasting more than 2 days (especially if you also have a high fever)
- Weakened immune system (such as due to chemotherapy, HIV infection)
- A certain intestinal disorder (short bowel syndrome)
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense.
What is the dose of Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense for an adult?
Follow all directions on the product package. Take 2-3 capsule a day.
What is the dose of Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense 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 Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense available?
Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense 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 Digestive Advantage® Lactose Defense, 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.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Review Date: October 17, 2017 | Last Modified: December 19, 2019
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