Side Effects of Culturelle
Culturelle is a probiotic supplement that contains high levels of Lactobacillus GG, bacteria normally present in the human digestive tract. The idea behind probiotics is that the "normal" bacteria push out disease-causing bacteria, preventing infections.
Common Side Effects
Culturelle is an example of a probiotics supplement, which means that it's made up of bacteria that are considered to be "non-pathogenic" (meaning they don't cause disease). Because these bacteria are designed to colonize the digestive tract, the most common side effects are related to this system and tend to be fairly mild. Common side effects include gas, bloating or abnormal "gurgling" of the digestive system, as the body adjusts to the changing levels of bacteria.
Abnormal Side Effects
Best Probiotics For Managing a C-Diff Infection
Because using Culturelle (or any form of probiotics) involves exposing your digestive tract to large quantities of bacteria, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine warns that there is the risk (though small) of developing a serious infection from these bacteria. This risk is greater for people with weak immune systems, such as infants, elderly people, some cancer patients and people with AIDS. Although the bacteria in probiotics are generally not harmful, they could potentially overgrow in the digestive system and cause pain, nausea, vomiting, fever and blood in the stool.
Culturelle, because it is a probiotic supplement that is taken orally, is regulated by the FDA as a food, not a medication. This means that its effectiveness and safety is not as carefully examined. In addition, probiotics and other alternative therapies should not be used to replace conventional treatments. It's also important to mention to your physician that you are taking probiotics.
- Culturelle, because it is a probiotic supplement that is taken orally, is regulated by the FDA as a food, not a medication.
- In addition, probiotics and other alternative therapies should not be used to replace conventional treatments.
Best Probiotics For Managing a C-Diff Infection
What Is Lactobacillus Bulgaricus?
Can Probiotics Be Harmful to Cancer Patients?
Probiotics for Pancreatitis
Do Probiotics Help With Digestion, Gas & Bloating?
Effects of Ciprofloxacin
Acidophilus and Acid Reflux
What Is Lactobacillus Sporogenes?
Best Probiotics for Treating Candida
What Are the Causes of Rectal Mucus?
- Mayo Clinic: Probiotics
- Liu L, Zhu G. Gut-Brain Axis and Mood Disorder. Front Psychiatry. 2018;9:223. doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00223
- Markowiak P, Śliżewska K. Effects of Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Synbiotics on Human Health. Nutrients. 2017;9(9):1021. doi:10.3390/nu9091021
- Mcfarland LV. Meta-analysis of probiotics for the prevention of antibiotic associated diarrhea and the treatment of Clostridium difficile disease. Am J Gastroenterol. 2006;101(4):812-22. doi:10.1111/j.1572-0241.2006.00465.x
- Oak SJ, Jha R. The effects of probiotics in lactose intolerance: A systematic review. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2019;59(11):1675-1683. doi:10.1080/10408398.2018.1425977
- Upadrasta A, Madempudi RS. Probiotics and blood pressure: current insights. Integr Blood Press Control. 2016;9:33-42. doi:10.2147/IBPC.S73246
- Wang L, Guo MJ, Gao Q, et al. The effects of probiotics on total cholesterol: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Medicine (Baltimore). 2018;97(5):e9679. doi:10.1097/MD.0000000000009679
- Didari T, Mozaffari S, Nikfar S, Abdollahi M. Effectiveness of probiotics in irritable bowel syndrome: Updated systematic review with meta-analysis. World J Gastroenterol. 2015;21(10):3072-84. doi:10.3748/wjg.v21.i10.3072
- Kijmanawat A, Panburana P, Reutrakul S, Tangshewinsirikul C. Effects of probiotic supplements on insulin resistance in gestational diabetes mellitus: A double-blind randomized controlled trial. J Diabetes Investig. 2019;10(1):163-170. doi:10.1111/jdi.12863
- Hendler R, Zhang Y. Probiotics in the Treatment of Colorectal Cancer. Medicines (Basel). 2018;5(3):101. doi:10.3390/medicines5030101
- Su GL, Ko CW, Bercik P, Falck-Ytter Y, et al. AGA Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Role of Probiotics in the Management of Gastrointestinal Disorders. Gastroenterology. 2020 Aug;159(2):697-705. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2020.05.059.
- Govender M, Choonara YE, Kumar P, Du Toit LC, Van Vuuren S, Pillay V. A review of the advancements in probiotic delivery: Conventional vs. non-conventional formulations for intestinal flora supplementation. AAPS PharmSciTech. 2014;15(1):29-43. doi:10.1208/s12249-013-0027-1
- Stadlbauer V. Immunosuppression and probiotics: are they effective and safe? Benef Microbes. 2015;6(6):823-8. doi:10.3920/BM2015.0065
- National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Probiotics: In Depth.
- Iannitti T, Palmieri B. Therapeutical use of probiotic formulations in clinical practice. Clin Nutr. 2010 Jun 22. [Epub ahead of print]
Adam Cloe has been published in various scientific journals, including the "Journal of Biochemistry." He is currently a pathology resident at the University of Chicago. Cloe holds a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from Boston University, a M.D. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in pathology from the University of Chicago.