Saccharomyces boulardii (generic name)
treats Crohn's disease, Diarrhea, Diarrhea in children, Irritable bowel syndrome, Nutritional support, and Antibacterial
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TraditionWARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Acne, aging, allergies, anorexia, autism, cancer, Candidal infection, cholera, colitis (inflamed colon), constipation, cystic fibrosis, depression, diabetes, digestive disorders (Hirschsprung's disease), fatigue, fever, flatulence (gas), food allergies, H. pylori infection (children), herpes, hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), lactose intolerance, mood changes (irritability), nutrition, osteoporosis (prevention), premenstrual syndrome (pms), seborrheic dermatitis (inflamed skin), skin disorders, stress, ulcerative colitis, ulcers, urinary tract infections (UTIs), weight loss.
Adults (18 years and older):
In large multicenter trials, few (if any) side effects have been noted in patients taking Saccharomyces boulardii for up to 15 months. Regardless of diarrhea type, Saccharomyces boulardii is often taken in doses of 500-2,000 milligrams in divided daily doses (three or four times daily). The brand name product, Ultra-Levure®, has been studied in doses of 2-4 capsules daily for up to eight months. For antibiotic-associated diarrhea, 1 gram daily for three days following completion of antibiotics has been used. Two sachets per day containing 5x109 colony forming units (CFU) per sachet has also been used for four weeks. One capsule twice daily has been used; duration was not noted. 250-500mg twice daily for up to two weeks following antibiotics has been used. Four capsules Ultra-Levure® daily for eight months has been used.
Children (younger than 18 years):
The most commonly used dose for Saccharomyces boulardii in children for the treatment of diarrhea is 250-600 milligrams daily for up to five days. This has been given alone and in combination with antibiotics.
SafetyDISCLAIMER: Many complementary techniques are practiced by healthcare professionals with formal training, in accordance with the standards of national organizations. However, this is not universally the case, and adverse effects are possible. Due to limited research, in some cases only limited safety information is available.
Avoid in individuals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to yeast, Saccharomyces boulardii, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, or other species in the Saccharomycetaceae family. Saccharomyces boulardii use may be associated with itching, urticaria ("hives"), and generalized skin eruptions.
Side Effects and Warnings
Saccharomyces boulardii has been generally well tolerated in human studies for treatment of various diarrheal disorders. Symptoms of Saccharomyces cerevisiae infection included septic shock in more than one patient and fever in another. Symptoms of sepsis (infection) included increased white blood cell count, abdominal meteorism (swelling from gas), and respiratory insufficiency. In general, contamination occurred in patients with an indwelling vascular catheter.
Constipation, increased thirst, flatulence (gas), and bloating have been associated with Saccharomyces boulardii use. Use cautiously in patients with constipation.
Saccharomyces boulardii fungemia (fungal infection) has occurred. Avoid in patients with a yeast infection. Symptoms included septic shock in more than one patient and fever in another. Symptoms of sepsis include white blood cell count increase, abdominal meteorism, and respiratory insufficiency. In general, contamination occurred in patients with an indwelling vascular catheter.
Saccharomyces boulardii use may also cause Quincke's edema (swelling) or increases or decreases in blood pressure when used with MAOIs.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Saccharomyces boulardii is not recommended in pregnant or breastfeeding women due to a lack of available scientific evidence.