Probiotics are great for pretty much everything. From our skin, to eyes, to teeth, and out gut, a probiotic supplement can help keep you healthy. But, what happens if a supplement makes you sick? This is always a risk with any supplement, and while most take probiotics without any issue, there is a risk of side effect or reaction to a probiotic supplement.

Lactose allergies? Read the labels!

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If you have a lactose allergy or are vegetarian, vegan, or otherwise do not consume cow products, be sure to read the label of your probiotic supplement. Lactobacillus, which comes from dairy, is often labeled as an acidophilus or added into a probiotic. While many claim that the heavily processed strain doesn’t actually contain lactose, you should still be weary, be it an allergy or moral belief that has you avoiding these products.

Side Effect Galore!

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Most of us have experienced some form of side effect from a medicine or supplement at one time or another. With probiotics, this isn’t any different. The list is long, but the most common side effects are:

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Upset stomach
  • Constipation

These side effects usually subside after a few days, and can usually be explained as your system reacting to the new and good gut flora. However, if you experience these issues for more than three days or have chills or a fever, be sure to consult your doctor.

Check the Reliability of the Manfacturer

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Sometimes an ill effect of a medicine can be contributed to the product itself. Be sure that your probiotic supplement – or any supplement – comes from a reputable manufacturer. Big names are good, but smaller named supplements are also typically good. Make sure to Google the information, or ask your pharmacist. The product label should also give you contact information for the manufacturer, as list the ingredients. If you are not familiar with an ingredient, look it up. Sometimes ingredients are given different names, depending on the manufacturer. For examples, lactobacillus is sometimes given as L.Bacillus on labels.

Side effects and otherwise ill effects can happen with probiotics and acidophilus. Be sure that the product you take is from a reputable company. Also make sure that you do not have an allergy to any ingredient in the supplement. Finally, sometimes side effects just happen. With a probiotic, these side effects are annoying but do not limit daily activities. If these side effects become so severe that they alter your life, or you have chills or a fever, consult yor doctor immediately.