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How can you use probiotics safely?

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The FDA regulates probiotics like foods, not like medications. Unlike drug companies, makers of probiotic supplements don’t have to show their products are safe or that they work. Ask your doctor for more information about the correct product and dose for you. In general, probiotic foods and supplements are thought to be safe for most people, though some people with immune system problems or other serious health conditions shouldn't take them. Talk to your doctor first to make sure they're okay for you. In some cases, mild side effects might include upset stomach, diarrhea, gas, and bloating for the first couple of days after you start them. They may also trigger allergic reactions. Stop taking them and talk to your doctor if you have problems.

From: What Are Probiotics? WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on June 25, 2018

SOURCES:

Medline Plus: " Saccharomyces boulardii."

American Gastroenterological Association: "Probiotics: What They Are and What They Can Do for You."

Ciorba, M.  , 2012. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Cleveland Clinic: "Probiotics."

Floch, M.  , Sept. 24, 2014. Pharmaceuticals

Heller, K.  , 2001. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Oral Probiotics."

Neal-McKinney, J.  , Sept. 4, 2012. PlosOne

The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide: "Health benefits of taking probiotics."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on June 25, 2018

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