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What are some side effects of using Culturelle?

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Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, an active bacteria, may cause bloating or gas, says Drugs.com, but it also notes that many side effects remain unknown. While lactobacillus has rarely caused disease, WebMD warns that people with immune system or intestinal conditions should speak with their medical providers before taking it.

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After ingesting lactobacillus, if you show signs of an allergic reaction – welts, bumps, rash, wheezing or coughing, also possible are shortness of breath or swelling, especially around the lips, tongue or throat – eMedicineHealth urges seeking immediate medical help. If consumers experience an adverse reaction to lactobacillus, Drugs.com and eMedicineHealth both advise that people report the events to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in order to expand the list of known side effects.

Lactobacillus is a bacteria that grows naturally in the bowels, urinary tract and genital areas of the human body, as well as in fermented foods such as yogurt, reports WebMD. For this reason, it is highly probable that lactobacillus is safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women and children. Lactobacillus naturally aids in keeping the abdominal area clear of harmful bacteria, according to Everyday Health. Many people therefore use it to soothe diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems. However, Everyday Health reiterates that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not officially accepted lactobacillus as an approved treatment for any illness.

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