Overview

Bacillus coagulans (B. coagulans) is a type of probiotic ("good" bacteria). It isn't naturally found in the body, but it produces lactic acid in the gut.

Because B. coagulans produces lactic acid, it's often misclassified as lactobacillus. Some products containing B. coagulans are marketed as Lactobacillus sporogenes. Unlike lactobacillus, B. coagulans forms spores. Spores are important for telling B. coagulans apart from other lactic acid bacteria.

People take B. coagulans for constipation and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is also used for diarrhea, gas, indigestion, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these other uses.

Don't confuse B. coagulans with other probiotics, or with fermented food products such as fermented milk, kefir, or yogurt. These are not the same.

Uses & Effectiveness ?

Possibly Effective for

There is interest in using B. coagulans for a number of other purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.

Side Effects

When taken by mouth: B. coagulans is possibly safe. It's been used safely in doses of up to 6 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) daily for up to 3 months. Lower doses have been used safely for up to 1 year.

Special Precautions and Warnings

When taken by mouth: B. coagulans is possibly safe. It's been used safely in doses of up to 6 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) daily for up to 3 months. Lower doses have been used safely for up to 1 year. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if B. coagulans is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Children: B. coagulans is possibly safe when taken by mouth by infants and children. It's been used safely in infants in doses of up to 100 million CFUs daily for up to one year.

Interactions ?

    Moderate Interaction

    Be cautious with this combination

  • Anitibiotic drugs interacts with BACILLUS COAGULANS

    B. coagulans is a type of friendly bacteria. Antibiotics are used to reduce harmful bacteria in the body. Taking antibiotics along with B. coagulans can reduce the effects of B. coagulans. To avoid this interaction, take B. coagulans products at least 2 hours before or after antibiotics.

Dosing

B. coagulans has most often been used by adults in doses of 1-2 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) by mouth daily for 4-12 weeks. Speak with a healthcare provider to find out what dose might be best for a specific condition.
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