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Acidophilus Pearls Side Effects

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author image Elizabeth Thatcher
Based outside Boston, Elizabeth Thatcher began writing health-related articles in 2007. Her work has appeared in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Science," "Nature Genetics," "Journal of Cell Biology," "Developmental Dynamics," "RNA Biology" and "BMC Genomics." Thatcher earned a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering from Mercer University before starting medical research and receiving her doctorate in molecular biology from Vanderbilt University.
Acidophilus Pearls Side Effects
Acidophilus Pearls contain three protective shells to protect the acidophilus until it reaches your intestines. Photo Credit Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images

Acidophilus Pearls are probiotics manufactured by Enzymatic Therapy to improve digestive health. Taking probiotics supplements may help prevent harmful bacteria from fostering gastrointestinal trouble. Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not control the production of Acidophilus Pearls, you should talk to your doctor before starting a probiotics regimen.

Upset Stomach

Acidophilus Pearls contain high amounts of probiotics that have the potential to accumulate in your intestines and produce some unintended consequences. Typical side effects associated with probiotics are cramps, gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation, according to ProbioticsSideEffects.org. These side effects will most likely go away after two days; however, if any of the symptoms persist for longer than two days, you should talk to your doctor.

Infection

Acidophilus Pearls contain live microorganisms that are thought to foster digestive health; however, they have the potential to contain microorganisms that react poorly in the body with other microorganisms. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine indicates that serious gastrointestinal infections are possible after consuming probiotics. These infections may require antibiotic use that kills the good and bad microorganisms in your digestive system. General signs of an upset stomach may indicate early symptoms of infection. You should talk to your doctor as soon as possible under these circumstances.

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Allergic Reaction

Acidophilus Pearls contain soy lecithin in their outer protective shell that allows the acidophilus cultures to survive the harsh digestive enzymes of the gut. Anyone allergic to soy may experience a serious allergic reaction that may develop immediately after ingestion or become more apparent after repeated exposure. Seek medical care quickly if you begin to have difficulty breathing; red, itchy skin; or an elevated heart rate.

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