Saccharomyces-boulardii: Side Effects, Dosage, Uses

Generic Name:

saccharomyces-boulardii, Oral capsule

All Brands

  • Florastor
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Highlights for saccharomyces-boulardii

Oral capsule
SACCHAROMYCES boulardii (SAK a roe MYE sees boo LAR dee eye) is a supplement. It is used to help the normal balance of bacteria in the colon. The FDA has not approved this supplement for any medical use.
This drug also comes in other forms, including Oral granules
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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saccharomyces-boulardii Side Effects

Oral capsule

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • fever
  • nausea, vomiting
  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation
  • increased thirst
  • mild gas
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saccharomyces-boulardii May Interact with Other Medications

Oral capsule
  • medications for fungal infections, such as fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, nystatin, or voriconazole.
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
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How to Use saccharomyces-boulardii

Oral capsule

Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the package labeling, or take as directed by your health care professional. Do not take this medicine more often than directed.

Capsules: Swallow capsules whole or mix contents of capsule with water, apple juice or other non-carbonated drinks. Capsule contents can also be added to apple sauce and other soft foods. Do not add to hot beverages.

Granules: Mix contents of packet with water, apple juice, or other non-carbonated drinks. For babies, may add to formula after warmed. Can also be added to apple sauce and other soft baby foods. Do not add to hot beverages.

Chewable tablets: Chew tablet completely before swallowing. Can be crushed and sprinkled on tongue. Can also be added to water, apple juice, or other non-carbonated drinks or apple sauce or other soft foods. Do not add to hot beverages.

Contact your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. This medicine is not recommended for children or infants unless prescribed by a doctor.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • chronic disease
  • have a central venous catheter
  • immune system problems
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to Saccharomyces boulardii, Brewer's yeast or other yeast, lactose or milk (Florastor brand contains lactose), other foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

See your doctor if your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse.

If you have allergies to milk or you are sensitive to lactose, do not use the Florastor brand supplement. Florastor contains lactose.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature under 25 degrees C (77 degrees F). Keep granule packets or capsules closed until time of use. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What does the pill look like?

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Last Updated: June 18, 2012

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