Slideshows Images Quizzes
font size


Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

Brand Name: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bacid, Culturelle

Generic Name: Lactobacillus

Drug Class: Gastrointestinal, Herbals

What Is Lactobacillus and How Does It Work?

Lactobacillus is a type of bacteria that is considered "friendly" bacteria that normally live in our digestive, urinary, and genital systems without causing any disease. Lactobacillus restores the intestinal flora, post-antibiotic diarrhea and for prevention of post-antibiotic vulvovaginal yeast infections (candidiasis).

Numerous products available have shown effectiveness.

Lactobacillus is available under the following different brand names: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bacid, and Culturelle.

Dosages of Lactobacillus:



Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

  • Lactobacillus: 1-2 capsules orally each day
  • 1-10 billion colony forming units (CFU) per day orally divided in three to four times a day
  • 8 oz yogurt two times a day
  • Take at least 2 hours after antibiotic; continue for several days after antibiotic treatment is finished
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/18/2017

GI Disorders

Get the latest treatment options.

Use Pill Finder Find it Now See Interactions

Pill Identifier on RxList

  • quick, easy,
    pill identification

Find a Local Pharmacy

  • including 24 hour, pharmacies

Interaction Checker

  • Check potential drug interactions
Search the Medical Dictionary for Health Definitions & Medical Abbreviations

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors