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Doctor insights on: Align Probiotic Vs Acidophilus

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Dr. Shaym Puppala Dr. Puppala
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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Can you take two different brands of probiotics everyday such as align and acidophilus?

Can you take two different brands of probiotics everyday such as align and acidophilus?

Should be OK: One recommendation for dosing probiotics is to take them three to four times daily, with the total daily dose between 1 billion to 10 billion cfu (medscape). It seems many studies were done with lactobacillus, but other strains have also shown to be helpful either alone or in combination with each other. ...Read more

Probiotic (Definition)

Probiotics, by definition, are beneficial bacteria that live in our intestinal tract to help us maintain health intestines and colon. There are several species of these bacteria that are helpful to us including lactobacillus acidophilus. The meats we eat contain antibiotics that kill our natural bacteria that reside in our gut. Today, you will replace these ...Read more


Dr. David Ziring Dr. Ziring
Pediatrics - Gastroenterology
18 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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What does Align probiotic do? How does it help? Does it boost your immune system?

What does Align probiotic do? How does it help? Does it boost your immune system?

Probiotics: Align is a strain of the Bifidobacter bacteria. We don't quite know how probiotics might work. They likely have several effects. They could occupy their own niche in the microbiome, stimulate the immune system to be more tolerant, influence the growth and metabolic activity of surrounding bacteria, produce their own products to improve gut health by fortifying tight junctions, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Fried Dr. Fried
General Practice
32 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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I got align probiotic and wanted to know if its best to take before or after a meal?

I got align probiotic and wanted to know if its best to take before or after a meal?

After meal: it safe to assure the probiotics are protected from any reduction in potency due to stomach acid by taking them after a meal has been consumed Probiotics should not be taken directly with a hot drink. Probiotics should not interfere with other medicines or herbal / natural remedies. It is advised to drink plenty of water whilst taking a course of probiotics ...Read more

Dr. Michael Dugan Dr. Dugan
Internal Medicine - Hematology
years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Is align probiotic supplements a good substitute for probiotic yogurt if you're lactose intolerant ?

Is align probiotic supplements a good substitute for probiotic yogurt if you're lactose intolerant ?

The Align: Probiotics are commonly recommended to restore/maintain healthy gut flora. I am not so sure this will help directly with lactose intolerance. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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What do you recommend if I bought align probiotic and wanted to know if its best to take before or after a meal?

What do you recommend if I bought align probiotic and wanted to know if its best to take before or after a meal?

Probiotics: are best taken 30 minutes prior to a meal or with a meal that has some fat content. Peace and good health. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert Dr. Seibert
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
31 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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I'm suffering from IBS-D. I can't take milk at all. Can I take Align probiotic as it said it contains milk in its packet. Please suggest......

I'm suffering from IBS-D. I can't take milk at all. Can I take Align probiotic as it said it contains milk in its packet. Please suggest......

It depends.: ... on how severe your lactose intolerance is and how much milk is actually in the product. If you decide to try it, I would begin with only one capsule at a time, and adjust it accordingly if you're able to tolerate it. Alternatively, you could try a different probiotic. It is also not clear that probiotics in general will help you. It may be worth a try though. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Sokol Dr. Sokol
Internal Medicine
years in practice
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
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Is align probiotic effective against irritable bowel syndrome ? If other probiotic doesn't work.

Is align probiotic effective against irritable bowel syndrome ? If other probiotic doesn't work.

It can be: You may need to find the right probiotic and dosing regimen for you. Other treatment options depend on your dominant symptoms and can include: ssris, donnatal (phenobarbital atropine hyoscyamine and scopolamine) tablets, hyosciamine, and other medications. ...Read more

Dr. Lee Peter Bee Dr. Bee
Internal Medicine
13 years in practice
Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Started stomach bug, then diherrea and constpation for 10 days. Started align probiotic and diherrea immediately worsening with lots of gas..uninsured?

Started stomach bug, then diherrea and constpation for 10 days. Started align probiotic and diherrea immediately worsening with lots of gas..uninsured?

Possible bacterial: Viral gastroenteritis are often benign, and self-limiting. However, bacterial gastroenteritis or dysentery requires antibiotic for definitive treatment. Untreated bacterial infection of the gastrointestinal tract can lead to Long and short-term complications, including diverticulitis, perforated viscous, toxic megacolon. Evaluation and testing by physician can reduce avoidable complications. ...Read more

Dr. Vivek Huilgol Dr. Huilgol
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
31 years in practice
The Flinders University of South Australia
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Are acidophilus and probiotics same thing?

Are acidophilus and probiotics same thing?

Not really: Probiotics include many species, some of which may be acidophilus. ...Read more

Dr. Dennis Clifford Dr. Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
39 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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Is it beneficial to take both probiotics and acidophilus?

Same thing: Acidophilus is a probiotic, so you really don't need to take both. ...Read more

Dr. Siranush Cholakian Dr. Cholakian
Holistic Medicine
30 years in practice
Medical Academy, Higher Medical Institute of Varna
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How do I give acidophilus probiotics to my 6 month old baby?

How do I give acidophilus probiotics to my 6 month old baby?

Give YOGURT: Yogurt is better for the baby's digestion and it is a food too! this is an example for food as medicine. You can dilute the plain yogurt with a little water. That is what they have been doing in the past when no formulas around. That is much better than the milk for the baby's digestion and for yours too. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr Dr. Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
37 years in practice
The Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
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Is an allergic reaction possible with probiotics such as florajen3? I've had l. Acidophilus in yogurt, but i'm worried about b. Lactis/longum.

Is an allergic reaction possible with probiotics such as florajen3? I've had l. Acidophilus in yogurt, but i'm worried about b. Lactis/longum.

Yes! EvenWithNothing: Reactions, allergic & otherwise, are always under the internal control of the individual exhibiting the reaction & theories as to what may have triggered the behavior (reaction) are always just that, theories, guesses, rarely with significant scientifically verified evidence of accuracy, no matter the degree of the person guessing. Why? Control and complexity are within the individual reacting. ...Read more

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Dr. Humaira Hashmi Dr. Hashmi
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
20 years in practice
University of the Punjab, Allama Iqbal Medical College
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6 months pregnant Can I take probiotics (acidophilus)? Is it safe

Probiotics : Why do you need to tke probiotics ? None of these probiotics are FDA approved . I would suggest Greek yogurt instead ...Read more

Dr. Steven Charlap Dr. Charlap
Holistic Medicine
33 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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Dr. Charles Cattano Dr. Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
35 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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I started taking acidophilus probiotics a few days ago. Today I have horrible gas that smells... ?

I started taking acidophilus probiotics a few days ago. Today I have horrible gas that smells... ?

What else did U eat?: Feeling full of "gas" may reflect malabsorption of food (like gluten, lactose), intake of poorly digested food, or choosing foods known to promote gas (beans, fizzy drinks). Sometimes its more complicated--a stomach emptying too slowly, bacterial overgrowth syndrome, delayed intestinal function, partial obstruction from any cause, infection, rectum problems, and pelvic pathology outside the gut. ...Read more

Dr. Ted Anderson Dr. Anderson
Gynecology
24 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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How much probiotic acidophilus should I take for yeast infection?

How much probiotic acidophilus should I take for yeast infection?

None: First confirm it is a yeast infection (most vaginal discharges are not yeast). If so, an anti-fungal agent like Monistat or Diflucan (fluconazole) is appropriate. Probiotics are very good for many other things, but not for yeast infections. ...Read more

Dr. Lisa Robbins Dr. Robbins
Holistic Medicine
26 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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Dr. J. Yusuf Erskine Dr. Erskine
Holistic Medicine
28 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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