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Bacillus coagulans-lactase

Uses

This product 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 different uses. 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.

The FDA has not reviewed this product for safety or effectiveness. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

How to use Bacillus coagulans-lactase

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.

Side Effects

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.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Precautions

Before taking this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

If you have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this product: 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).

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

During pregnancy, this product should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is unknown if this product passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

Some products that may interact with this supplement include: acarbose, antibiotics, miglitol.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.

Notes

Keep all regular medical and laboratory appointments.

Missed Dose

If you are taking this product on a regular schedule and miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Refer to storage information printed on the package. If you have any questions about storage, ask your pharmacist. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.

Information last revised July 2015. Copyright(c) 2015 First Databank, Inc.

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