Should I seek medical help for the side effects of probiotics?

Q. Should I seek medical help for the side effects of probiotics?

Answered by
Dr. Sadaf Mustafa
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 27, 2016 and last reviewed on: Jul 25, 2023

Hi doctor,

I had probiotics for two days as I was having issues with constipation and it helped me. Later, I got side effects of nausea, headache, cold and hot sweats, sleepiness, loss of appetite and going to the bathroom more often for the past three days. I discontinued probiotics. Should I seek medical help?



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Thank you doctor,

I took them once a day for two days and discontinued it three days ago. There is no fever or rash or swelling of the mouth or throat. I just have nausea, chills and sweating. I get stomach upset after eating and going restroom around three to five times a day.



Welcome back to The best approach now would be to monitor your symptoms over the next two days and ensure you stay well-hydrated. Since you've stopped taking probiotics, it may take around three to four days for your old flora to return and clear up the issue. You might experience some indigestion-like feelings for about a week, which is normal during this process. If you plan to use probiotics in the future, consider selecting a single strain and starting with half the recommended dose. Some patients who face intolerance to the full dose have found success with kid's probiotics, which typically contain one strain and 5 billion CFU, making them gentler on the stomach. For now, refrain from trying any new supplements for at least six to eight weeks. After that period, you can try a smaller dose as suggested earlier. Keep up with good hydration practices and include two bananas in your daily diet. Avoid using Imodium (Loperamide) during this time.

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