Bifidobacterium (OTC)

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Brand and Other Names:Align, Bifidobacterium infantis

Suggested Dosing

Align: 1 capsule (4 mg) PO daily

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Suggested Uses

Intestinal Flora Restoration

Restoration of intestinal flora, post-antibiotic diarrhea and prevention of post-antibiotic vulvovaginal candidiasis

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Adverse Effects

N/A

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Warnings

Contraindications

Immunocompromised patients

GI wall perforation

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Pregnancy & Lactation

Pregnancy Category: N/A

Lactation: Unknown if excreted into breast milk

Pregnant or breastfeeding patients should seek advice of health professional before using OTC drugs

Pregnancy Categories

A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

NA:Information not available.

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Pharmacology

Mechanism of Action

Restores normal bowel flora that inhibit growth of harmful bacteria; stimulates local immunity; promotes water reabsorption in colon

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