There are several brands of acidophilus supplements, and one brand of supplement may not work for everyone, according to WebMD. These probiotics are yeast or bacteria that enter the digestive system and lead to a healthier system. Acidophilus is also found in fermented foods such as yogurt, bone meal and sauerkraut.
People take acidophilus for various health reasons, as reported by MedlinePlus. It is used to treat diarrhea, colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. It is being looked at as a way to treat skin diseases such as acne and eczema. It is proving effective at treating high cholesterol, lactose intolerance and even Lyme disease. Consumers might see bifidus listed in conjunction with lactobacillus, which is another common form of the probiotic.
There are several different probiotic organisms, with no set recommended dosage. However, a typical dosage contains between 1 to 10 billion live organisms split into three of four doses, as reported by WebMD.
The side effects of taking probiotics include intestinal gas and bloating, which subside over time, according to WebMD. People with intestinal disease, cancer or HIV should not take excessive amounts of acidophilus. Additionally, those with a weakened immune system or excessive bacteria in their system should consult a doctor before embarking on an course of acidophilus.