What is Lactinex?
Lactinex is a type of bacteria that is naturally present within the body, mostly in the intestines as well as the vagina. This medication has been utilized as a probiotic, or "friendly bacteria." Lactinex is a popular alternative medicine as an efficient treatment for diarrhea in children who have rotavirus. Lactinex is used in alternative medicine to be a beneficial aid (in adults or children) in the prevention of diarrhea due to antibiotics as well as chemotherapy, travel, or hospitalization. It is also useful in the treatment of conditions known as irritable bowel syndrome, vaginal bacterial infections, colic in infants and children, lung infections, skin problems in children who are allergic to milk, and other disorders.
Lactinex has also been utilized for treating lactose intolerance, Crohn's disease, and the growth of intestinal bacteria or vaginal yeast infections triggered by antibiotics. However, research has revealed that this drug might not be efficient in treating these conditions. Other uses that have not been proven by research include the treatment of indigestion, problems with the intestines in premature infants, high cholesterol levels, Lyme disease, acne, cold sores, cancer, the common cold, and many other ailments. It isn't known for certain if Lactinex can be effective in treating any medical issue. The medicinal use of this product is not approved by the FDA. This medication is not to be used to replace the medication recommended by your physician. Lactinex is usually sold as an herbal supplement. There aren't any regulated manufacturing guidelines in place for a variety of herbal compounds, and a few supplements that are advertised have been identified as contaminated with poisonous metals or other substances. Health supplements and herbal remedies should be bought from a trusted source to avoid the possibility of contamination. Lactinex can be used for different uses that aren't listed in this guideline for the product. There is no evidence that the Lactinex brand name has been taken off the market in the U.S. If the generic versions of this drug are approved by the FDA, There may be substitutes that are similar to the original.
Adverse effects of Lactinex
Seek medical attention immediately in the event that you exhibit symptoms that are warning signs of an allergic reaction, such as hives, breathing difficulties, or swelling of your lips, face, or tongue. Although no side effects are fully understood, Lactinex is thought to be safe when used for a short time.
Common adverse effects of Lactinex could include:
This isn't a comprehensive list of possible adverse effects, and other side effects could occur. Consult your physician for advice regarding medical adverse effects. You can report any side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Follow the directions on the label of the product as well as the package. Inform your health care providers about your medical conditions, allergies, and any medications you take.
Before you take this drug
Talk to a doctor, pharmacist, or another healthcare provider about whether it is appropriate for you to take this medication in the event that you suffer from:
- Short bowel syndrome.
- A weak immune system (caused by illness or taking certain medicines).
Talk to your doctor before taking this product if you are breastfeeding or pregnant. Don't give a health or herbal supplement to your child without medical guidance.
How to take Lactinex?
If you are considering using herbal supplements, make sure you seek the advice of your physician. You might also think about consulting an expert who has been trained on the use of health and herbal supplements. If you choose to take Lactinex, make sure you use it according to the directions on the label or as prescribed by your pharmacist, doctor, or other healthcare provider. Don't use more of this medication than indicated on the package.
Lactinex comes in tablet and capsule form, as well as vaginal suppositories. The liquid or powder forms could also be available. Certain dairy products, including yogurt, contain this medication. The tablet that you chew is best chewed prior to taking it in. Do not mix different types of Lactobacillus acidophilus in the same dose without a medical consultation. Using different formulations in combination can increase the risk of overdose. Consult your physician to discuss your condition if the one you're treating with Lactinex is not improving or becomes worse after using the product. Keep Lactinex in a tightly sealed container as indicated on the product label, and keep it away from heat, moisture, and light.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Don't miss any missed doses if it's close to the time of the next dose. Do not take additional Lactinex to replace the dose that was missed.
What happens if I overdose?
For medical emergencies, seek emergency medical attention or contact the Poison Help line toll-free at 1-800-222-1222.
What should be avoided?
Take Lactinex at least two hours after you have taken any other antibiotic medication.
Interaction with other drugs
Do not use Lactinex without medical guidance when you are taking any medicines that could reduce your immune system's strength, like:
- Medicines to avoid organ transplant rejection.
- The steroid medicine (prednisone, dexamethasone, methylprednisolone, and many others).
This list is not exhaustive. Other drugs can be incompatible with Lactobacillus acidophilus, which includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and products made from herbs. There are not all interactions included in this guideline for products.