Are there any risks in using Lactobacillus acidophilus?

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Yes, there is a risk of side effects when using Lactobacillus acidophilus. Some common mild side effects include: gas or stomach discomfort; however, the discomfort usually stops with the continuing use of Lactobacillus acidophilus. There have been some reports of women experiencing vaginal burning after using Lactobacillus acidophilus tablets. As a result, some specialists suggest that the daily dose be reduced. People with intestinal problems, a severely fragile immune system due to other health problems or an artificial heart valve, should consult with their doctor before using Lactobacillus acidophilus products. It may lead to further health problems, such as serious infection or bacterial infection in the blood.

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