Common side effects of the consumption of probiotics such as Jarro-Dophilus include bloating and flatulence, says MedicineNet. These side effects tend to go away with continued use of the probiotic. Probiotics contain organisms that are normal inhabitants of the intestinal tract, and their use is considered to be safe, says WebMD.
Rare side effects of the consumption of probiotics include systemic infections by the organisms contained in the probiotics, says MedicineNet. Those few individuals affected by this problem generally have underlying health conditions that predispose them to infection.
Probiotics are most commonly taken during and shortly after the use of antibiotics, says WebMD. Antibiotics kill the bacteria that normally reside in the intestines, which can lead to diarrhea and infections of the urinary tract and vagina. Taking probiotics to replace the bacteria killed by the antibiotic can prevent these problems. There is some evidence that probiotics help control the symptoms of some digestive tract conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease.
Jarro-Dophilus contains eight different organisms, says the manufacturer. They are viable and are encased in a capsule that protects them from the stomach acid so they can be delivered alive to the intestine. The product can be stored at room temperature and is intended to be taken daily, up to four capsules per day.