Bacillus Coagulans - What is it & How to use

There is not enough information to know how Bacillus coagulans might work for medical purposes. Some research in animals (but not yet in humans) shows that Bacillus coagulans might increase immune system function and decrease harmful bacteria.

Effectiveness

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.

The effectiveness ratings for BACILLUS COAGULANS are as follows:

Insufficient evidence to rate effectiveness for…

  • Diarrhea. Including viral diarrhea in children, traveler’s diarrhea, and diarrhea caused by antibiotics.
  • Growth of bacteria in the intestine. Early evidence shows that using a specific probiotic product (Lactol, Bioplus Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd., India) containing Bacillus coagulans and fructo-oligosaccharides twice daily for 15 days per month for 6 months might modestly decrease stomach pain and gas in people with of potentially harmful bacteria in the intestine.
  • Helicobacter pylori infection. Which causes stomach ulcers.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis).
  • As an agent added to vaccines to improve their effectiveness.
  • Cancer prevention.
  • Clostridium difficile colitis.
  • Digestion problems.
  • Immune system strengthening.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Respiratory infections.

More evidence is needed to rate Bacillus coagulans for these uses. There has been no reliable research done in people.

Dose

The appropriate dose of Bacillus coagulans depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Bacillus coagulans. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

Safety Concerns

Bacillus coagulans is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth. Some research in people has shown that Bacillus coagulans can be safely used by adults for up to 6 months.

Special precautions & warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Pregnant or breast-feeding women should stay on the safe side and avoid using Bacillus coagulans.

Interaction with medication

Anitibiotic drugs
Antibiotics are used to reduce harmful bacteria in the body. Antibiotics can also reduce other bacteria in the body. Taking antibiotics along with Bacillus coagulans might reduce the potential benefits of Bacillus coagulans. To avoid this potential interaction, take Bacillus coagulans products at least 2 hours before or after antibiotics.
Medications that decrease the immune system (Immunosuppressants)
Bacillus coagulans might increase the activity of the immune system. Taking Bacillus coagulans along with medications that decrease the immune system’s activity might decrease the effectiveness of these medications.

Some medications that decrease the immune system’s activity include azathioprine (Imuran), basiliximab (Simulect), cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune), daclizumab (Zenapax), muromonab-CD3 (OKT3, Orthoclone OKT3), mycophenolate (CellCept), tacrolimus (FK506, Prograf), sirolimus (Rapamune), prednisone (Deltasone, Orasone), corticosteroids (glucocorticoids), and others.

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.