What is it?
Bifidus is a dietary supplement used to treat bowel changes caused by using antibiotics (an-ti-bi-OT-iks) , or a bowel infection (in-FECK-shun). It may also be used to help people who cannot drink milk or eat milk products. Other uses include the treatment of constipation (hard stools) and diarrhea (loose stools). Bifidus may prevent kidney stones and radiation sickness and improve skin problems in children.
Other names for Bifidus include: Bifido, Bifidum, Bifidobacterium, and Probiotic.
Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.
Tell your doctor if you
- are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
- are breast feeding
- have other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease
Talk with your caregiver about how much bifidus you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking it. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.
To store this medicine:
Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.
- Before taking bifidus, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
Call your doctor right away if you have any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hand, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing, or rash.
Other Side Effects:
You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.
- Mild constipation (hard stools) (1, 4-7)
- Belly pain (2, 4-7)
- Diarrhea (3-7)
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2. Gill HS, Rutherfurd KJ, Cross ML et al: Enhancement of immunity in the elderly by dietary supplementation with the probiotic Bifidobacterium lactis HN019. Am J Clin Nutr 2001a; 74(6):833-839.
3. Black F, Einarsson K, Lidbeck A et al: Effect of lactic acid producing bacteria on the human intestinal microflora during ampicillin treatment. Scand J Infect Dis 1991; 23(2):247-254.
4. Product Information: Flora-Q(TM), lactobacillus combination. Kenwood Therapeutics, Fairfield, NJ, 1995.
5. Product Information: BACID(R), lactobacillus combination. Insight Corporation, Blue Bell, PA, 2003.
6. Product Information: Chewable Acidophilus with Bifidus, acidophilus/bifidus. Nature's Bounty, Inc, 2003.
7. Product Information: Probiotic Acidophilus with Pectin, acidophilus/pectin. Nature's Bounty, Inc, 2004.
Last Updated: 1/4/2011