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Generic Name: acidophilus (ah sih DAW fih luss)
Brand Names: Bacid

What is Bacid (acidophilus)?

The use of acidophilus in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

Acidophilus is also called Lactobacillus acidophilus. Lactobacillus acidophilus is a bacteria that exists in the body and is important in the maintenance of the normal level and consistency of bacteria in the body.

Acidophilus has been used to re-establish the normal consistency of bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract (stomach and intestines) and vagina. Acidophilus has been used in the treatment and/or prevention of vaginal yeast infections, yeast infections of the mouth, antibiotic-induced diarrhea, and urinary tract infections.

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. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were 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 have uses other than those listed in this product guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Bacid (acidophilus)?

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. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Who should not take Bacid (acidophilus)?

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. Acidophilus may not be recommended in some situations.

Do not take acidophilus without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. Do not take acidophilus without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. There is no information available regarding the use of acidophilus by children. Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without first talking to the child's doctor.

How should I take Bacid (acidophilus)?

The use of acidophilus in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

If you choose to take acidophilus, take it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Standardized extracts, tinctures, and solid formulations of herbal/health supplements may provide a more reliable dose of the product.

Acidophilus is available in pill, granule, and powder formulations. Some dairy products also contain acidophilus. Other formulations may also be available.

Do not take more of this product than is directed. Do not use different formulations (e.g., tablets, topical formulations, and others) of acidophilus at the same time, unless specifically directed to do so by a health care professional. Using different formulations together increases the risk of an overdose of acidophilus.

Store acidophilus as directed on the package. In general, acidophilus should be protected from light and moisture.

What happens if I miss a dose?

No information is available regarding a missed dose of acidophilus. Consult your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider if you require further information.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of a acidophilus overdose are not known.

What should I avoid while taking Bacid (acidophilus)?

There are no known restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while taking acidophilus, unless otherwise directed by your health care provider.

Bacid (acidophilus) side effects

Although uncommon, allergic reactions to acidophilus have been reported. Stop taking acidophilus and seek emergency medical attention if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives.

Other less serious side effects have not been reported. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider if you develop any side effects.

What other drugs will affect Bacid (acidophilus)?

There are no reported interactions between acidophilus and other medications. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines or other herbal/health supplements.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider may have more information about acidophilus.

  • Consultation with a licensed health care professional is advisable before using any herbal/health supplement. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous. Remember, keep this and all other prescription drug products, over-the-counter drug products, and herbal/health supplements out of the reach of children.
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