Culturelle (Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG) is an over-the-counter medication used as a probiotic to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria in the stomach and intestines. Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG is a bacteria that exists naturally in the body, primarily in the intestines. This drug is used in alternative medicine for treating or preventing diarrhea caused by rotavirus in babies and children. Culturelle is also used to treat colic in babies and to prevent diarrhea in children while taking antibiotics. In adults, Culturelle is used to prevent diarrhea during a hospital stay and while receiving chemotherapy. You can use this medicine when traveling to foreign countries to prevent traveler’s diarrhea. The drug also treats vaginal infections caused by bacteria, lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, or ulcerative colitis. However, research has shown that this drug may not treat these conditions effectively. This medicine may also lower the risk of lung infections in children attending daycare centers. The active ingredient in Culturelle is Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG. Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG belongs to a class of drugs called probiotic supplements. It works by helping to restore the natural balance of bacteria in the gut.
We currently offer the brand Culturelle Healthy Metabolism from Canada manufactured by i-Health Inc. The generic Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG is not available.
Get medical help immediately if you have any of these signs or an allergic reaction while using Culturelle. The most common side effects of Culturelle may include the following:
• Stomach bloating
Contact your doctor right away if you have any of the severe side effects, including:
• Breathing difficulties;
• Swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat
These are not all of the side effects of Culturelle. Always contact your doctor if you notice any unusual symptoms.
You should not use Culturelle if you are allergic to Lactobacillus or any ingredient in Culturelle. Before you start using this medication, tell your doctor about your medical history, especially if you:
• Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed;
• Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant;
• Have a weak immune system;
• Have diarrhea lasting more than 2 days, especially when accompanied by high fever;
• Have recurring urinary tract infections;
• Have recurring vaginal infections;
• Have short bowel syndrome
Tell your doctor about all your medications, including prescription, OTC, herbal supplements, and vitamins. There may be drug interactions between Culturelle and steroid medicines like prednisone, cancer medicines, or medicines for preventing organ transplant rejection. Avoid Culturelle with antibiotics and antifungals such as clotrimazole, ketoconazole, nystatin, etc. Take Culturelle at least 2 to 3 hours before or after taking antibiotics. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Culturelle does not appear to pose safety concerns for unborn or nursing babies. Inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. Use Culturelle precisely as prescribed by your doctor. You can take Culturelle Digestive Health with or without food. If you cannot swallow the capsule whole, open the capsule and sprinkle the medicine in applesauce or a spoonful of baby food. Swallow immediately. Do not save the mixture for later use. Mix the entire contents of one pack of Culturelle Kids Powder in cool food or drink for kids. Do not add to hot food or drink. If you take this drug to prevent traveler’s diarrhea, start taking it 2 to 3 days before you travel. Keep taking it daily throughout your trip. Store Culturelle at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
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