Lactobacillus Oral Dosage Forms

What is this medication?

LACTOBACILLUS (lak tow buh SI luhs) may support digestion and immune system health. They work by supporting a healthy balance of bacteria and yeast in your body. The FDA has not evaluated this supplement for any medical use. It may contain ingredients not listed. Discuss all supplements you are taking with your care team. They can provide you with important safety information.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Acidophilus, Acidophilus Gold Extra Strength, Culturelle, Culturelle Health & Wellness, Culturelle Kids Pro-well Probiotics, Culturelle Probiotics, Culturelle Probiotics Health & Wellness, Florajen, NewFlora, PROBACAP, Probiotic Acidophilus, REJUVAFLOR, RENEWAFLOR

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What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • Chronic disease
  • Immune system problems
  • Prosthetic heart valve or valvular heart disease
  • An unusual or allergic reaction to Lactobacillus, any supplements, lactose or milk, other foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • Breast-feeding

How should I use this medication?

Take this supplement by mouth with a small amount of milk, fruit juice, or water. Follow the directions on the package labeling, or take as directed by your care team. This supplement can be taken with cereal or other food. Do not take this supplement more often than directed.

Contact your care team about the use of this supplement in children. Special care may be needed. This supplement is not recommended for children under 3 years old unless prescribed by a care team.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

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What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medication?

Interactions are not expected.

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

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What should I watch for while using this medication?

See your care team if your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse. Do not take this supplement for more than 2 days or if you have a fever unless your care team tells you to.

If you have allergies to milk or you are sensitive to lactose, do not use this supplement.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?

Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:

  • Allergic reactions—skin rash, itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Upset stomach

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medication?

Keep out of the reach of children and pets.

Store in the refrigerator or as directed on the package label. Do not freeze. Throw away any unused supplement after the expiration date.

NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

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