Align probiotic supplements contain the probiotic strain Bifidobacterium infantis 35624, which provides the digestive system with healthy bacteria and promotes optimal digestive function, according to Procter & Gamble. Inactive ingredients in the supplement include microcrystalline cellulose, hypromellose, sucrose, magnesium stearate and sodium caseinate, along with titanium dioxide, trisodium citrate dihydrate, propyl gallate and gellan gum.
Doctors sometimes recommend Align or other probiotic supplements to treat a variety of health conditions, including diarrhea, irritable bowel, eczema, vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections, states WebMD. The supplement works by restoring the normal balance of healthy bacteria and yeast in the digestive tract. Probiotics such as Align may interact with other medications, including antibiotics and antifungals. To reduce the chance of interaction, patients should take Align two to three hours before or after taking these types of medications.
In the first few days of taking Align, patients may experience increased gas and bloating, but this usually resolves when the body gets used to the supplement, explains Procter & Gamble. Although unlikely, Align sometimes causes signs of infection, such as high fever, chills or cough, states WebMD. Rarely, symptoms of severe allergic reaction occur, including rash, difficulty breathing, and itching and swelling of the face, tongue or throat. Patients who experience severe allergic reaction should seek immediate medical care.