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Acidophilus

Generic Name: lactobacillus acidophilus (LAK toe ba SIL us AS sid OFF il us)
Brand Names: Acidophilus, Bacid, Flora-Q, Novaflor, RisaQuad, Superdophilus
Acidophilus helps maintain an acidic environment, which can prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Learn about side effects, interactions and indications.
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Drug Information:
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. Learn more

Acidophilus Side Effects

Acidophilus Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about lactobacillus acidophilus. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Acidophilus.

Applies to lactobacillus acidophilus: oral capsule, oral powder for suspension, oral tablet, oral wafer

Along with its needed effects, lactobacillus acidophilus (the active ingredient contained in Acidophilus) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking lactobacillus acidophilus:

Incidence not known

  • Cough
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • dizziness
  • fast heartbeat
  • hives, itching, or rash
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • tightness in the chest
  • trouble breathing
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Some side effects of lactobacillus acidophilus may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Incidence not known

  • Passing gas

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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  • Drug class: antidiarrheals

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Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Acidophilus (www.drugs.com/acidophilus.html).