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Lactose-sensitive people may develop abdominal discomfort or other adverse effects from L. acidophilus -containing products, due to very small amounts of lactose left over from the manufacturing process. Avoid in patients with milk allergies.
Side Effects and Warnings
L. acidophilus is generally well tolerated with very few side effects.
Use with caution in infants, children, older patients, or patients with gastrointestinal disorders, short bowel syndrome, or high fever.
Avoid in patients with weakened immune systems or milk allergies.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Lactobacillus GG has been used safely during pregnancy (2-4 weeks before delivery) and lactation (for up to six months). L. acidophilus has been studied in pregnant women for prevention of premature delivery.