Probiotics Side Effects Explained

Interestingly, probiotics side effects mean that the good bacteria are working! Here are the most common side effects:

  • diarrhea
  • gas
  • bloating
  • cramps
  • rashes
  • acne

Assuming the adverse effect is relatively minor and does not persist for more than 14 days, then we should be celebrating these side effects! As stated on the box of Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics.

Temporary reactions such as minor bloating or a mild laxative or constipating effect are signs that the beneficial bacteria are remodeling, detoxifying and improving the gut environment.

Also we should remember, that while these side effects are unpleasant, they are mild compared to those of many pharmaceutical drugs.

3 Ways To Reduce The Side Effects Of Probiotics

1. decrease the dosage

One possible way to reduce the side effects is to reduce the dosage. If you were taking two probiotic pills daily, try taking only one probiotic pill per day. As your body becomes accustomed to the lower dosage, then you can increase the dosage to higher levels. But taking too many probiotic CFUs too quickly may result in probiotic overdose.

2. stay hydrated

Water should help with all the side effects. This is because if you examine the list of side effects:

  • diarrhea
  • gas
  • bloating
  • cramps
  • rashes
  • acne

All of these side effects are ways your body detoxifies, or are signs that your body is having trouble detoxifying. And water is the ultimate detoxification agent. So to help you body detox, stay hydrated!

3. give your body time to adjust

Taking probiotics can kill tons of bad bacterium, replacing them with the good. This can be quite a shock to our body! So give it at least two weeks of feeling the side effects. At that point it makes sense to seek medical attention.

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  1. nasrin badranloei says:

    your information was very helpful .thank you

  2. Veg mother says:

    Yes, I nothing iced that it is helping my son with his nasal drip immediately the nest morning, bit a back rash occurred causing him to itch, but I figure it was detoxification since he isn’t allergic to any of the raw vegetarian ingredients. Thank you. All other websites say to stop if rash occurs, whereas naturalist say not to…but I like the decrease amount and lots of liquid.

  3. Ashish Mishra says:

    May God Bless you, Whoever you are. You made my day! I was worrying that I could be dealing with something serious here but they’re all the sideeffects of probiotic medicines that I was prescribed.

  4. Connie Dachtler says:

    Thanks for that info, I have really bad IBS and was wondering if the pills were causing it to get worse until I read this. Thanks sooo much for putting tis info out there. It has helped me to better understand the probiotics. :)

  5. Tara says:

    After being on a round of antibiotics, I began giving my (2 yr old) daughter some probiotics – (via a mult-vitamin which includes it & a raw, organic yogurt). After a couple of days, she is experiencing a rash on the back of her neck…. I think I will scale back on her dose. I’ll also monitor the rash & hope it doesn’t get worse!
    Thank you

  6. jess says:

    Thanks so much I have been experiencing all the above.
    Have also had a really gurgly stomach and feeling quite nauseated is this normal?
    Glad I am not alone

  7. Kimberly says:

    This is comforting to know as I have just started taking Restora, which is prescription strength and have had some itching and a couple of bumps or rashes appear. very mild though. I have been diagnosed with a parasite and I am taking 3 rounds of biltricide split apart 3 weeks each round. I am also taking adrenplus, b complex, vitamin D, magnesium, and armour thyroid after testing at alternative dr.
    Thanks and a reply would be greatly appreciated.

  8. SILVANA says:

    how long does it take for the body to adjust & get over the bloating?
    thanks

  9. Susie says:

    Ive been itching like crazy I thought a bunch of bugs were biting me… I hope this goes away because my stomach feels better, in finally going to the bathroom normally, so I don’t want to discontinue…

    • evan says:

      That’s great you’re tummy is better and you’re more consistent in the bathroom. WOW!

      Sorry about those side effects! If they’re too intense consider decrease the dosage :)

  10. sheri denato says:

    I have not been able to eat fruit for years, without getting uti. I also have been suffering from kidney problems, severe infections and stones. Have been on antibiotics for sinus infections and cipro for all the kidney infections, for so many years, I feel there is no hope.

    • evan says:

      Hi Sheri,

      Your body is engineered to feel right very well to pretty well for most of your life. In most cases people can have a good quality of life or even feel 15 years younger once they get their nutrition, exercise and lifestyle in order.

      I’d recommend trying something new. How To Eat, Move & Be Healthy by Paul Chek is a GREAT book that has a customizable program that will give YOU what YOU need.

      Get your rest (asleep by 10pm!!), go move around (go for a walk & do calisthenics), and try finding food that works better for your body. If I had your type of symptoms, I would consider adding more fat (coconut oil) into my diet and see if it would make me feel better.

      Best of luck – you can do it…I’ve lost over 22 pounds over 8 months and went from feeling down and out to feeling pretty darn good.

      If I can do it, you can too.
      Best of luck!!

  11. Rob says:

    I started to take some of the Dr. Wolz probiotics, one with each meal. I got congested ears and a really sore throat. I also got very tired early in the evening and I got quite achey. Is this sort of thing normal? I am drinking a lot of water. I only took one today and none of the symptoms returned as bad as they were but they are still here.

    • evan says:

      I’m glad the side effects decreased when you reduced the dosage.

      It may be worth just taking the probiotic every other day…I would keep up the water intake and get plenty of rest.

      take care,
      Evan Jerkunica

  12. Viviana Boyer says:

    I was giving my 15 month old 1tsp bio k probiotics. The full serving is 50 billion (yogurt form) my husband accidentally gave him the whole thing while I was out. I’m worried because its definitely too much for a toddler. Should I be alarmed. What should I do??

  13. Annie says:

    I’ve been taking probiotics and a digestive enzyme for a week and just developed a rash on my neck and my stomach seems bloated. Thanks for the advice, I’m glad to hear that’s a sign that it’s working. I’ll drink lots more fluids!

  14. JANELLE SOWELL says:

    Your remarks have really helped. I’m going into the 2nd
    week of two pills a day. I have been suffering with my back
    now and taking this I see a lot of side effects are from starting off with two probiotics. I’m having a lot of trouble
    sleeping, gas bloated stomach hurting. I assume these
    pills are making me hyper therefore I can’t sleep.
    Shall I cut down to one a day for a month? I’m also taking
    Tamoxien (cancer drug and heart) Several friend highly
    recommend these pills. I drink alot of fluid. How long will
    the bloating last? Gas?

    • evan says:

      It really depends on the person how long it will last.

      But as I mentioned above I’d consider reducing the dosage if the side effects are too intense.

  15. Peter says:

    How long do you normal experience these side effects?

    • evan says:

      It depends on the person! Could be a few days, could be whenever you take the probiotic.

      If you keep getting side effects I’d try a lower dose or different probiotic.

      Good luck!

  16. Bridgett says:

    What if I have only taken one (Garden of Life Raw Probiotics, 85 billion cultures, we were instructed to take 3 a day) & it is already causing diarrhea?

    • evan says:

      I’d consider reducing the dosage or reduce it to every other day. 85 Billion is a large dosage and your body may need some time to adjust.

      Good luck!

  17. Nk says:

    After taking probiatic I am going through very bad time. 3 times in emergency. Went through so many tests. Dr. Couldn’t find anything. Gurgling , burping stomach,constipation, lost appetite, lost weight. What’s going on with me . Is this die off

    • evan says:

      That is extremely severe. I doubt it’s only the probiotics, but if they are making things worse then stop taking them.

      Anyway, I’m not a doctor so I can’t say for sure. But listen to your doctors!

  18. Bridget says:

    I took 1 Synthol by Andrew …. I got very sick with all the side effects you mentioned above. I couldn’t get out of the bed or go to work. Extreme stomach cramps. It was severe. I took only one capsule. I had a live blood analysis and this person said I have a very acidic body that means candida was taking over my body. I alkalizer my body and I got better but now I’m craving for sugar again.
    Not sure which probiotic brand shall I take. I’m afraid to go through that pain again. I’m taking Dr Mercola’s probiotic but I don’t think it helps because I got a common women’s problem I got antibiotic for.

    Can you recommend me one please? I appreciate it. Thank you, Bridget.

    • evan says:

      Hey Bridget,

      I’m not sure about how acidic your body is or if you have candida but here’s what I’d do in your situation – and this is a long term way to go…but it will work.

      1) Make sure you’re getting in bed by 10pm each night, and sleep at least 8 hours.
      2) Drink plenty of high quality water
      3) Remove processed foods
      4) Eat non-sugary foods that make you feel good…you really have to pay attention to how each meal makes you feel. This may call for a high fat, high meat diet, or a low fat low meat diet high carb…it depends, there’s no “one size fits all, right for everyone diet”. Consider going on a rotation diet as well.

      If you’re fairly certain you have candida, then I’d read this article on candida.

  19. vicky says:

    Hi,my boy is currently 7months 3 weeks. He has recently lost his appetite in milk intake. Can he consume probiotic? Will it helps to gain weight? He has constipation problem since I introduced solid food during his 6 months old. Will this situation be worse if I would like to let him to consume Probiotic?

    Thank You!

    • evan says:

      Hi Vicky,

      I would consult with your doctor and see what she/he has to say.

      If you can get him back on breast milk that would probably be best. Barring that I’d consider trying Bio Gaia. I’ve heard moms having some success with them.

      Good luck!

  20. sedom says:

    ppl with compromised immuno systems and leaky guts synd. should be not be using ANY probiotics in the beginning of their treatments.

    • evan says:

      Hey Sedom,

      I think it depends. In my case probiotics worked fine for me. That being said, taking probiotics early in a leaky gut situation may not be right for all people. Slow and stead as she goes~!

  21. Peter says:

    I have an Hiatus Hernia which is causing many problems(uncontrolled gasses, burps and farts from top and bottom)I went to see Doctor who prescribed TuZen Probiotics, the pharmacy didn’t have the medicine but they had something else from Life called probiotic Acidophilus, I started taking them 4 days ago and seems that the problem is resolved already, I am tempted to stop the treatment because it has a very bad side effect, which nobody mentions it except one website of many. As soon as i take the medicine a few minutes after I get very bad shakes, I am freezing and I am out for a good ten hours, it is called flu like symptoms. Thought you should know and maybe add it so people can know what to expect.

  22. kim says:

    My 3 yr old is having issues he takes culturelle everyday and Drinks a yogurt drink. He had been sick most of the month with a cold flu whatever. He was co stipated so I have him prune juice anda small dose of miralax and had not stopped pooping he has drank some Gatorade for the electrolites but not a lot of water. Does this sound like he needs to cut back on the yogurt kefir?

  23. gurind says:

    I started taking probiotic and 3 days later I found I m feeling extra pressure for urinate evan I m a dialysis patient

  24. Ana says:

    I too have a hiatal hernia & have been really sick with shakes & then get really really sleepy. My stomach is awful too. i normally would be bloated by mid morning – didn’t matter what I ate & now its not bloated just highly irritated, me too for that matter. I have been on Floragen3 for 3 days & usually by night I feel better but I am producing a lot of gas after dinner. Cant break the capsules so I can only try every other day in hopes of this getting better as I do want this to work. Thank you for the info.

  25. teo says:

    i m using about 4 days probiotics and candida diet,but i have teribble pijn with left side of mijn rib and backache also my immune system is down,is it normal??

    • evan says:

      I’m not a doctor, but based on what happens to my friends/family, that sort of reaction is not uncommon.

      If the detox symptoms are too extreme, I would just ease up on the diet. Maybe do parts of it until your body is ready for it.

      I’ve also found that I detox better when I am:
      a) doing consistent exercise
      b) drinking plenty of water
      c) getting 8+ hours of sleep

      I’ve been there buddy, so hand in there!!

  26. Katie says:

    I started taking probiotics three days ago and the only ‘cleansing’ effect I’ve noticed is that I have to pee like a thousand times a day. Haha. An exaggeration, but noticeably more often anyway.

  27. Rita Bowman says:

    I’m in day four of taking keybiotics by Whole Body Research. I was feeling ok until today when I began feeling nausea, bloating, and a lot of grumbling sounds from my belly. On two occasions I went to the bathroom to throw up but the only thing that came out was a heavy secretion of saliva. I took two tablespoons of Pep-to Bismal and received minor release. I’m thinking tomorrow I will skip a day to see if I feel better and if so I will try an every other day regime. I was not expecting any side effects but this has been the only change to my diet.

    • evan says:

      Hi Rita,

      Wow that sounds intense!! I’m not doctor and can’t give medical advise. But if I were in your situation, I’d consider decreasing the dosage or maybe trying a different product that has a lower CFU count.

      On their website it says:

      Keybiotics is a super probiotic containing 37.5 Billion CFUs

      In my well researched opinion most people should start out with probiotics in the 5-10 Billion CFU or fewer range. But that is still too much for some people. For example a good friend of mine will get diarrhea for days on end if he has a single 10 billion CFU pill from Culturelle…but I don’t even notice any change when I take the same pill.

      If people are not seeing enough of an effect in that lower dose of probiotics, then they can move up to a much higher does in the 20 – 100 billion CFU range.

      Anyway, good luck to you and feel better!!

  28. Rita Bowman says:

    Is it advisable to continue taking other vitamins and medications while adjusting to probiotics?

    • evan says:

      I think if you took probiotics with antibiotics, then the probiotics would mostly die.

      Other than that, I wouldn’t think it would matter. But it’s best to ask a doctor since I can’t give medical advice!

  29. Dawn says:

    I had the stomach virus 3 days ago. Not up to par but was on my way. I only took one probiotic that was specially made for women. Can one pill cause more symptoms ? Almost feeling worse since taking it. The ones I had bought have to be refrigerated and the reviews were amazing on the brand..

    • evan says:

      Hi Dawn,

      I’m sorry to hear about that stomach virus. Yes, sometimes people can have unfavorable reactions to probiotics. While it is relatively rare, I have a good friend who will get diarrhea for 3 days if he takes a low dose probiotics.

      At the same time, myself and good friends can take high does probiotics and not notice any bad reactions at all. It could be the case that you need to:
      a) try a different probiotic (we’re all different)
      b) need to lower the dosage

      best of luck,
      Evan Jerkunica

  30. Mickie Janney says:

    I am experiencing an outbreak of rosacea, worse case ever and wonder if taking a probiotic for the past few weeks could be the cause. I do know that injections of cortisone I receive every 2 months make my face beet red as does over heating. What do you think?

    • evan says:

      Hi Mickie,

      In my non-doctor, non-medical opinion, I really can’t say. I don’t have any first hand or second hand experience with cortisone. And unfortunately I’m no longer dating my surgeon friend, so I can’t ask her either!

      Here’s what I do know. You can try stopping the probiotics for a week. If when you reintroduce the probiotics you get an outbreak of rosacea again, then the probiotics could be causing the outbreak.

      If you don’t get an outbreak or your symptoms stay roughly the same after reintroduction, then the outbreak likely doesn’t have much to do with the probiotics.

      Take care,
      Evan Jerkunica

  31. Christina Baduria says:

    Hi Evan,

    My daughter is 11 years old and she has severe eczema and very dry skin. When she was born she has eczema after several months the eczema was gone. When she turn 10 year old and she was exposed to pool and sun the eczema came back and it was severe. Can she take culturelle probiotic? Does it help to her eczema?

    She has low positive allergy with dairy and nuts. Thank you
    Hope to hear from you and thank you so much.

    Christy

  32. Joanne Low says:

    Only my 2nd pill of Florify by Melaleuca and already my tummy has been making so much noise and pain. After 4 rounds in the toilet i felt cleansed and refreshed for my next meal. Is it a normal reaction for faeces to come out black?

    • evan says:

      I don’t think it’s too uncommon, but you should ask your doctor.

      Despite us all being human, our body can behave very differently to the same stimuli…but it’s probably okay if it just happens this once.

  33. RM says:

    Can probiotics cause nausea?

  34. vicky says:

    Hello……I started taking a product called Keybiotics 5 weeks ago for stomach inflammation and it has really helped but Four weeks in I began to develop some constipation. I usually go once a day, at least, and now I am going 4-5 times a week. Can constipation be a valid side effect until my body gets used to this supplement or should I try a diffent probiotic? thanks, Vicky

    • evan says:

      Hey Vicky,

      Glad to hear your’re having some success with the Keybiotics. Yes, constipation can happen as a side effect. And it doesn’t seem impossible that it wouldn’t happen until after 4 weeks of taking it.

      I’d go off them for a while and see if the constipation stays…if the constipation goes away then you can try switching probiotics and see if that gets rid of it.

  35. Beth W. says:

    I am on my 5th Phillips Colon health probiotic pill and I have been dealing with pretty intense nausea. Stomach grumbling, bloating and gas too. I am trying to wait it out!! :-)

  36. Paige says:

    Hi-I am new the probiotic world, and just began taking them 2 days ago. I started the Jarro-Dophilus + FOS…is this a fairly good one to start with? I am only taking 1 pill a day bc I already have a sensitive stomach. But feel like I have had some not so normal cramping and gurgling noises…is this normal? And does it tend to cause lack of appetite/sleeplessness??
    Thank you!!

    • evan says:

      Hi Paige, you are getting pretty typical probiotic side effect symptoms based on what probiotics.org newsletter subscribers report. The sleeplessness is uncommon, but if you have painful cramping then it’s probably hard to sleep. I’d say fewer than 6% of people have side effects at all, but they do happen.

      The probiotics in your body are as unique as your fingerprints, so this might just be how your body reacts to Jarro-Dophilus.

      You can try a different brand of probiotics, you can stop the probiotics or you can see if your body will adjust in time.

      to your health!
      Evan Jerkunica

  37. Jey says:

    I took “Probiotic caps” first two weeks I didn’t get any side effects. The third week I’m having: diarrhea- lot of gas-bloating-cramps-sleepless(I didn’t sleep 2 nights). I went to my physician and she advised to have colonoscopy test. I’m worrying a lot.
    Any suggestion?
    !

    • evan says:

      Hi Jey,

      I am not a medical expert, but if I were you and had your situation I’d just slow down on the probiotics. Or I’d stop them for a week or two. But your situation does not sound too uncommon…sometimes side effects start later.

  38. Bobbie says:

    I have been taking your probiotics for 2 weeks, the last few days my stomach has been feeling tender and gurgly. Now I’ve been very tired and feeling nauseous. Should I back off to every other day and when do I start taking it everyday?
    Thanks.

    • evan says:

      Hey Bobbie,

      I’d consider backing off. Maybe take a break for a few days or consider switching to a new brand of probiotics.

      Best of luck,
      Evan

  39. Ky says:

    I just started using “Culturelle” capsules, 1 per day, and have noticed slight improvement in bowel movement quality.

    However, I might be off, but for reason I am receiving slight discomfort in my right thumb and a little bit in my right wrist and arm today. It’s happened 2 days in a row.

    “Slight Discomfort” referring to nothing painful, not a temperature or even really a circulation issues. Maybe best described as a slight itch or slight heavyness.

    I wish I knew how to treat this, and if in fact the Culturelle is the source. I think I take a day off and see if this symptom stops, and then I’ll know it’s likely from the Culturelle. But if so, that will make 2 treatments that cause deal-breaking side-effects for what may be a mild case of IBS. Levsin being the other I tried and it gave me clear cut case of an inflamed uvula.

    Other than a religious consumption of water and high fiber diet, or possibly a different probiotic like Allign, which my doctor suggested, I’m kind of back at square one with treating a potential case of IBS.

    Any thoughts/advice?

    • evan says:

      I haven’t heard of joint stiffness being a side effect, but I could imagine it happening if your detox systems are stressed out. Then the potential bad bacteria die-off could overwhelm your detox and cause such symptoms.

      Culturelle has one strain of probiotics. If I were in your situation with IBS I’d opt for a multistrain probiotic. Our body needs 500+ different bacteria so I think a shotgun approach is better. You can find one here: http://probiotics.org/personalized/

      I would also be careful with the idea of high-fiber diet as being gospel. If it makes you feel better, than do it. But also try lowering the fiber as well.

      If I had IBS I would focus on:
      a) lowering stress
      b) getting 8+ hours of sleep every night
      c) bedtime no later than 10pm
      d) mild to moderate exercise every day…we gotta move!
      e) eating food that you can digest well
      f) taking digestive enzymes if you don’t digest your food well

      I think the biggest challenge with IBS type issues is that they follow a downward spiral. You digestion gets compromised, then you need more nutrients to heal, but you can’t absorb them, then over time as people become more and more nutrient deficient, then the problem gets worse.

      So please work to improve it now. Go find things that are easy to digest, rest up all you can, and make time to chill out.

      I wish you the best,
      Evan Jerkunica

  40. Sharon Pinsley says:

    What about cystitis?!

    • evan says:

      Hi Sharon,

      For everyone else cystitis is essentially a urinary tract infection (UTI).

      I haven’t heard of this but it could very well happen. This could be a rare side effect.

      I hope you feel better!
      Evan Jerkunica

  41. Robert Williams says:

    I started taking “Trubiotics” two weeks ago and I went through the gas, loose stool, bloated stage. This lasted about nine days and then it was over. I am on a diet (1200 Cal.) and my cravings for carbs has nearly been eliminated since I started taking the probiotics. I do have one question about constipation, I haven’t had a bowel movement in three days. It started just after the gas explosions quit and was wondering if this was common with taking probiotics? I don’t feel bloated and my diet is mostly protien from fish.

    • evan says:

      Hey Robert,

      Yes this type of side effect can happen for some people…though your symptoms sound on the extreme end of the spectrum.

      I’d say not having a bowel movement for 3 days is not good. A healthy digestive track moves 1-3 times a day, pushing out about 12 inches total each day.

      If I were in your situation I’d probably tweak my diet a bit more. I’d also consider taking a few days off the probiotics & seeing how that feels.

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  42. Tristan says:

    I started taking Keybiotics about 5 days ago and my first few days were great but after that it has been a horrible experience, hot and cold flashes, nausea, dizzy, aches and pains, lower back soreness, sore throat, ears are stuffy, very lethargic and all that jazz. I am used to taking a 8 billion probiotic from NOW foods and the only thing I can think of is that this is much stronger and much more resiliant so i am getting a lot more active cultures in me. I have decided to drop to 1 pill every other day to help with the sysmptoms and get my system used to the CFU’s

    • evan says:

      Hey Tristan,

      Good – yes lay off it a bit. Maybe once every 3 days could be right for you.

      Or maybe switch back to your old probiotic – yikes.

      feel better,
      Evan Jerkunica

  43. mandy says:

    I had a colonic irrigation on Thursday and was advised to take forever active probiotic capsules, 2 capsules per day one am before or after food and one pm before I go to bed. Advised to take that dose for 5 days and then reduce to 1 day. as supply has 30 tablets, I had been bloated and belching before I took the capsules and had the colonic. Since I have been taking these capsules. I am still belching throughout the day and feel a bit sick, my skin has come up in a rash on my cheeks and chin also back.At nights I feel really hungry like I want something to eat but I am no longer bloated. Any thoughts on this please

    • evan says:

      Hi Mandy,

      I had a round of 3 colonic irrigation in 6 weeks. I had some serious detox symptoms and I felt angry all the time for about 3 weeks after the last colonic.

      I would make sure you take it really easy and relax – that’s a good way to deal with these side effects.

      Definitely stay hydrated, and also consider taking a break from the probiotics. Our bodies can only handle so much at one time.

      Listen to your body’s signals, feel what’s right and do it. Stop doing what other people tell you to do!

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  44. Cathie says:

    Hey, anyone else having an issue with sour saliva after taking probiotics for a couple weeks?

  45. Craig says:

    Hi Evan, just starting taking Neways Protozymes as recommended by my doc 10 days ago.
    Starting taking 2 pills per day and experienced serious bathroom sprint sessions.
    dropped to one pill per day and only showing slight improvement – no more sprinting but still VERY loose movements.
    Now have sore throat and ears – linked or coincidence?
    middle of the fence currently – persevere with the pills or pack them in.

    thoughts/ comments??

    thanks

    • evan says:

      Hi Craig,

      I have good news for you!! It’s very likely your probiotics are working.

      Those are very common adverse effects…sore throat/ears, loose bowel movements, etc. are often signs of the new probiotics fighting and killing the bad bacteria. So really those are typically side effects of detoxification, rather than side effects of the probiotics directly.

      I’m not your doctor, but you can consider going down to 1 pill every other day and seeing how that works. Be sure to rest up, eat healthy food and maximize your body’s detoxification pathways.

      take care,
      Evan Jerkunica

  46. Sara says:

    Have taking probiotics for 3 weeks and now have terrible diarrhea and lots of bloating and gurgling in my stomach .this is not fun so I quit taking them I can’t even leave the bathroom .

    • evan says:

      Hi Sara,

      Yes, these types of side effects can happen. If you follow the directions above (reduce dosage, increase rest), you will likely have a better outcome next time.

      best,
      Evan Jerkunica

  47. Mary says:

    I just took Primal Defense. My candida has gotten worse over the years and I am unable to work. I just started the diet. My question is the first day of taking Primal Defense (I took one pill), I had gurgling in my stomach. The second day, I decided to do two pills. One in the morning and another in the evening. Weird thing happened, my skin, eyes, tongue, everywhere, I was itching. Is this part of die-off? It’s a brand new bottle and expensive. Has anyone else had this problem? Thanks

    • evan says:

      Hi Mary,

      This is a very common detox reaction. I’d consider dropping down to 1 pill every other day and build up from there. Cool?

      cheers,
      Evan Jerkunica

  48. Kim says:

    I had my gallbladder removed in Nov and have had problems ever since. Fiber enriched foods give me gas and i have chronic constipation. I had a colonoscopy a few days ago and the results were fine. Everything i eat seems to give me gas. I know i need fiber to help with the constipation but my system is not digesting foods very well. I eat bland foods with a lot of baked fish. My GI doctor just gave me samples of Lizzness and Restora probiotic. Have you heard any good reviews in reference to Restora.

    • evan says:

      Hi Kim,

      It sounds like you’re accustomed to experimenting with your diet to find what works. I would do the same with probiotics.

      Best of luck,
      Evan Jerkunica

  49. Janice says:

    I’ve had my gallbladder removed 12 years ago and are experiencing acid reflux and are taking omeprazole now daily and have taken a series of antibiotics over some years, would you consider taking probiotics at this time thanks janice. Ps I can’t eat anything acidic

    • evan says:

      Hey Janice,

      I’m not a doctor, but ideally you could work with a doctor who knows about probiotics and can advise you there.

      But I I were in your situation, I’d take a low dose probiotic a work up from there. Try something like 1-10 billion or so and see how that goes.

      best of luck,
      Evan

  50. Laz says:

    Hi
    I took 50 billion probiotic (yogurt) from bioK for 6 days.
    On the 7th day my stomach was bloated and gassy. I also got mild diarrhea for 2 days now. Are these normal side affects?

    • evan says:

      Hi Laz,

      Yes, this is a very common side effect. You can choose to push through it, or back off a bit on the probiotics. It’s up to you and what feels right.

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  51. Louis says:

    I took probiotics for 1 week. Then I starred to feel very bloated and got minor diarrhea. How long should the diarrhea and gas last after I stop taking the probiotics.
    Thanks

    • evan says:

      Hi Louis,

      It depends. Our bodies are all very different.

      If you have already stopped taking the supplement, then you’ll probably just have to ride out the side effects.

      best,
      Evan Jerkunica

  52. Susan says:

    I have beautiful skin normally until I started Keybiotics. From the back of my neck, shoulders, my back, forearms, stomach, legs,and hands. I even saw a few spots on my butt but my hands and forearms are the worst. Is this normal? I am, however, going to the bathroom without having to take all those other pills like senna with laxative and I feel like a normal person, again. But this itching is driving me nuts. I have had oatmeal baths, white vinegar baths, baking soda baths, and I even tried apple cider vinegar because it takes the swelling down. I started on the Keybiotics March 22nd and I am 66 years old with hay fever (have had all my life). I only take one pill in the morning and cannot take dairy products, soy, gluten, or wheat. All of that resulted from stomach surgery. Is there another Probiotic that works without all this itching and my skin looking terrible? Really need some advice here. Thanks! Otherwise, I am going naturally…thank God.

    • evan says:

      Hi Susan,

      Many people come to this page complaining about severe Keybiotics side effects. So this could be 1) they have a very strong dose or 2) they have non-optimum strains or 3) they have something in there that people could be reacting to. It’s probably the case that they are relatively strong, but they haven’t responding to any of my inquires to them so I don’t really know if it’s questionable ingredients or sub-optimum strains.

      Assuming that Keybiotics are just relatively strong, then here’s what I have to say.

      When you take probiotics, often times initially there is a spike in chemicals that need to be detoxed from our body. This is because when the probiotics kill the bad bacteria, our body needs to “take our the garbage”. And in this case the “garbage” is the bad dead bacteria.

      For many people, part of that detoxification is our body pushing out those chemicals through our skin. Since our old skin layers are constantly being shed, this is a decent way for our body to detox. For others it could be very smelly sweat or urine. For me personally, I will get mild to severe dandruff if my body wants to detox.

      You can try and reduce the dosage (eg. every other day), rest more, de-stress, and have some light exercise and see if that helps.

      If you’re done with keybiotics and want to try something else, you can use our Personalized Probiotic Finder to find your something that may suit you better.

      feel better,
      Evan Jerkunica

  53. Brenda says:

    I have all those symptoms except acmne. Also feel VERY weak and a little dizzy. Only drinking a sm glass a day for the past week. Is this normal

    • evan says:

      Hey Brenda,

      These are typical side effects…though weak/dizzy is not as common.

      Maybe drink only 1/2 a small glass? Or take a week or two off from the probiotics?

      best of luck,
      Evan Jerkunica

  54. Winston says:

    Have a ulcer in stomach, bloated stomach, stool stick to toilet regularly and is dark. Started 50 B probiotic supplement can a change in stool color indicate probiotic working

    • evan says:

      Hi Winston,

      Yes a stool color change can indicate that the probiotics are changing your inner environment. However, a change in stool color can also come from different food or even different levels of colon hydration.

      I personally believe that a change to bowel movement regularity/firmness/quantity are stronger signs that the probiotic is working..

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  55. dave says:

    Can children under 13 years old use keybiotics?
    Thank you, you’ve been a big help.

    • evan says:

      Hi Dave,

      I am not a doctor, but I’d use Keybiotics sparingly with someone so young. It should be okay though…just go slow!

      to your family’s health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  56. Claire says:

    This is my first experience with probiotics. I am using Mercola’s and don’t know which are the best. I felt an improvement in my mood, but felt also pain in my hands and fingers sort like an arthritic pain. Also I am unable to sleep as I used to. Is this normal? I would definitely appreciate your input.

    Is this normal.

    • evan says:

      Hi Claire,

      This is not an uncommon side effect of probiotics. When probiotics go and fight the bad bacteria, many toxins can be released. Slight arthritic-type pain can be a symptom of your body being over-burdened with toxins…and the same with sleep issues.

      If I were you I’d make sure to drink plenty of water, consider tapering down the dosage and seeing what happens.

      I’ll be making a video on detoxification tips very soon!!

      cheers,
      Evan Jerkunica

  57. debby collins says:

    Does probiotics cause rash on chest and stomach?

    • evan says:

      Hi Debby,

      Yes, this can happen very often.

      Follow the steps above and you’ll likely feel better in no time :)

      cheers,
      Evan Jerkunica

  58. Celia says:

    I started using Keyboticts 7 weeks ago and for the last 5 days my urine odor has changed, will probotics harm the kidneys?

    • evan says:

      Hey Celia,

      I’m not aware of any research that probiotics will directly harm your kidneys.

      Now this is speculation, but indirectly, it is very possible that probiotics could increase load on your kidneys. They could increase the waste products in your blood, which then needs to be filtered, which would add new/more things to your urine.

      take care,
      Evan Jerkunica

  59. Joyce says:

    I’ve been fighting shingles now for 6 weeks and I’m still suffering from pain where the shingles blisters were located. I started 15 billion probiotics midway thru this and was feeling better. I was taking 5 billion 3 times a day. A friend coaxed me to bump it up to 20 billion. So I did this and by the 3rd day I had a rash all over my head. I’ve since stopped and the rash has gone away. I really want to go back on it, but now I’m stuck with 20 billion capsules. Any ideas on breaking these capsules in half to take half in the morning then again at night? Or should I wait til after this shingle pain goes away? I’m sure I’m in toxic overload with having fibromyalgia and type 2 diabetes. What would u suggest I do? Thank you.

    • evan says:

      Hi Joyce,

      I would definitely try splitting the 20 billion capsules in two – you should get a much lower does that way.

      Experiment with it, and hopefully you can get back to your original routine and feel better soon.

      take care,
      Evan Jerkunica

  60. Lou says:

    This is what I am experiencing right now: sore throat and congested ears with heaviness of the head. Just like what Rob said he experience. I am also constipated for two days now. I found your article and now I started drinking plenty of fluid and lower the dosage of my probiotics to only one capsule a day. I hope these side effects will go away.

    • evan says:

      Hey Lou,

      Thank you for the comment.

      Don’t be afraid to reduce the dosage as much as you need to – even taking a probiotic once every 3 days is a great starting point.

      You can eventually work up to the “normal” dosage :)

      cheers,
      Evan

  61. Priscilla Pillsbury says:

    I recently came off of Align after several years,
    feeling I was posssibly becoming “immune”-
    I then tried Digestive Advantage, then Philips which made me quite ill, and now am
    on Culturelle which immediately made my stomach feel better but also seemed to constipate me. Is it harmful to switch strains of probiotics
    and do you indeed become immune after years?

    • evan says:

      Hi Priscilla,

      I don’t have scientific research to support this opinion, but I do believe our body can have “enough” of a probiotic…and that after a while it won’t do anything for us.

      I think it’s a great idea to:
      a) rotate probiotic brands
      b) rest from probiotics completely for a time (say 3 months on, 1 month off)

      Because while supplements are often a good thing, we need to let our body do it’s own thing and adjust.

      That is what works for me, so maybe it will work for you.

      to feeling great,
      Evan Jerkunica

  62. Darleen NcCorchuk says:

    I’m 56 in great health except IBS. I can barely eat because I always feel full, bloated and uncomfortable.
    Went to a gastroneurologist and she put me on Miralax once a day and Align probiotic two times a day. The dosage on the bottle says to take once a day. Is it ok to take Align twice a day? This is my second day and I don’t feel any better. Sounds like it takes awhile.
    Any advice?

    • evan says:

      Hi Darleen,

      If you aren’t feeling anything within the first week, then I would consider:
      a) increasing the dosage
      b) trying a different probiotic — since Align only has one strain (B. Infantis), then your body many need a different strain to “get things moving”.

      take care,
      Evan Jerkunica

  63. Brent peterson says:

    Jumped from 60billion to 100billion probiotic. Within 4 days, heavy anxiety; within a week, heavy brain fog and head pain. However, anxiety and fog are ongoing symptoms (pre probiotics) for me. How to tell if it’s die off or regular symptoms? Seems more intense with probiotics.

    • evan says:

      Hi Brent,

      It is not easy to say which comes from what.

      But with any powerful medicine like probiotics, medical drugs or strong herbs, you body will have an increased detox load.

      In my non-medical opinion the brain-fog type symptoms are associated with an overloaded detox system, so taking probiotics could make things worse for a while.

      I’d consider dropping the probiotic dosage back down to what it was and also finding a way to improve detox…doing light exercise + removing any junk food from your diet are a great start.

      take care,
      Evan Jerkunica

  64. eileen says:

    I just recently took Ohhira Probiotics and developed spot rashes on my arms and upper body. I read the article that it’s the body detoxing. Should I stop or continue taking the supplements? I do have history of eczema and lactose intolerance. Many thanks!

    • evan says:

      Hi Eileen,

      Generally when probiotic side effects happen you need to:
      a) lower dosage or frequency
      b) rest more
      c) drink lots of fluids

      best of luck,
      Evan Jerkunica

  65. U & J says:

    I’m caregiver for my 90 year old dad and have just learned about probiotics. Should I just start him (and myself) on one pill every 3 days?…, because I certainly don’t want him to have to run to the bathroom, you know… ever… ;)
    I don’t know if he has candida, but he loves anything with sugar in it and until last month I would get him those sugary oatmeal cookies and chocolate, and things he loves. He also seems to NEED or crave sweet cole slaw. But now I’ve just learned about soybean products and high fructose corn syrup that is in EVERYTHING I’ve been buying for him. High fructose causes brain fog and dementia/alzheimers conditions… and the cole slaw I was buying at the store has high fructose corn syrups and other sweet junk in it. .Soy products destroy the thryoid! He has low thyroid, and low hemoglobin, and such as that shows up in his blood work, and his Dr found a 2″x 2″ mass in his lungs. He went for the first CT scan, but decided there is nothing wrong with him and he will not let them dig into his body and upset his life. but he is healthy, doesn’t take a single pill, takes a walk every day and eats well, goes to sleep around 6:30pm and wakes up around 7am.. and naps all day… but he hates water. Also says his bowel movements are normally only once every other day. But I’ve noticed many times that it’s many times every 3 days. He forgets by the time he comes out of the bathroom, whether he had one or not ;).
    I’ve researcched and learned that if it’s cancer in his lungs, cancer feeds on sugar, but since we didn’t let them scope it out, it could be mold, (since we do have some plumbing problems). He doesn’t want to go through all the doctors recommended and let them ruin his life because he says he is just fine. I applaud that. We are proud of our natural cures and no doctor approach to a pretty pain free life.
    I found a place to buy Xylitol instead of sugar and he can’t tell the difference, but since he isn’t over weight, taking away the sugar made him start to lose weight. I’ve started making his cole slaw at home, using cinnamon and apples coconut oil and a spoon of coconut sugar in it to sweeten it. I’ve started making his oatmeal from organic rolled oats and instead of sugar I use coconut sugar. I’m making his oatmeal cookies too, with banana, coconut oil, flak seeds and all kinds of good for you stuff in them. I’ve just learned that Mayonnaise is filled with soybean oil and so now I’m making my own mayonnaise. Only since March 2014, did I decide to not let him consume anything with high fructose or soy products in them, and after about 3 weeks, he wasn’t feeling too good either. I wondered if he was going through withdrawal.
    My question is about sugars as well as probiotics. We hate stevia, but Xylitol tastes just like sugar, and coconut sugar isn’t bad either. Do these other natural sweeteners do the same as sugar or are they OK to sweeten his green tea with, and my coffee with? And how can I keep him from losing weight if I take away sugar? Just this week, I mixed his sugar bowl with the three sugars. Refined sugar, coconut sugar and Xylitol to try and keep him from losing weight. Please comment on this, Thank you so much for this forum and the way you answer. I am so glad I read it, because the way I learned about probiotics was through the Keybiotics ad online. It is expensive but I was sold on it. However, then I saw another one being offered at one of my health food shops online, much cheaper, so now I’d like to get one for sure, but I wondered if it’s dangerous for the elderly to take. Sorry this is so long, I think I only asked a few questions, though. I’d love your advice, please. Thanks again!

  66. Cherylpatnaik says:

    Taking probiotics for several months, once a day but
    Am having problem with rectal mucus discharge. Could the probiotic be a problem?

    • evan says:

      Hi there,

      Possibly – you can try going off the probiotics and seeing if it gets better. But there are many many causes of this issue, go ask a doctor for the full list…likely many having to do with dehydration.

      best,
      Evan

  67. Diana Levitt says:

    When starting off what is considered a recommended low dosage?

    • evan says:

      Hi Diana,

      Personally I think 5-10 Billion is a great starting dose, but it will vary per person. If I were new to probiotics I would take 5 billion, wait 2 days and then try another 5 billion. Then I would try 5 billion every day, then I’d take 2x 5 billion probiotic pills after that.

      Slow and steady :)

      I’m actually considering working on a very clean, low dose starter probiotic with minimal side effects for this exact reason.

      to feeling great,
      Evan Jerkunica

  68. Alison Spenst says:

    I started taking Culturelle probiotics 5 days ago, I do have a rash in and around my belly button followed by a weird smell….is that part of the detoxification?

  69. Alison Spenst says:

    Sorry forgot to ask , also I woke up this morning n my left eye is irritated n sore a bit, is this a side affect as well? AND since I am coming on day 6…should I stop taking them or ride it out. I was recently sick and all the meds the doctor had me on cleaned out all the good bacteria in me, reason why they now have me taking probiotics is to build back up the bacteria.

    • evan says:

      Hi Alison,

      That may or may not be related to probiotic side effects.

      But it may help to lower the dosage – take the supplement every other day, or something like that.

      best,
      Evan Jerkunica

  70. Alyeska says:

    Every probiotic I’ve tried has caused me bloating, gas, and cramps :( I’m very frustrated because I believe they are so good for health. I recently tried 10 billion L. plantarum and it was too much for me. Is eating fermented food/drinks a good substitute? I seem to tolerate kombucha okay.

    • evan says:

      Hi Alyeska,

      I’m sorry to hear that :(

      Have you tried a fermented drink like kombucha or water kefir? Or un-pasteurized sauerkraut? Those are generally much less concentrated than the supplements.

      feel better,
      Evan Jerkunica

  71. Mindy says:

    Can probiotics make my one year olds urine smell foul? I started giving it to her about 2 weeks ago after a few rounds of antibiotics and a lot of diarrhea but now her urine is so foul smelling. No fever or anything so I don’t think its a UTI. Thanks.

    • evan says:

      Hi Mindy,

      I have heard of this happening to other people.

      You can take her off the probiotics and see if it stops, or continue taking the probiotics and see if it goes away on its own.

      I wish your daughter well,
      Evan Jerkunica

  72. Martha says:

    I ache all over…that a side effect?

    • evan says:

      Hi Martha,

      Yes, flu-like symptoms can be an side effect.

      If it’s too much or doesn’t go away for a few days, I would stop the probiotics and potentially slowly ramp up the probiotics dose next time you try them.

      cheers,
      Evan Jerkunica

  73. U & J says:

    So, if one prefers not to take the supplements, what is the best natural way to go? Is there a diet to go by, like eating sauerkraut every day for a month or maybe just ingesting some fermented food or drink each day? How much? and for how long? Is there a way to get that bacteria back in balance naturally? Since you offered no advice we decided to not buy the probiotic products, due to his age. You also didn’t answer the question about sugar, coconut sugar, xylitol. Do these alternative sugars feed the parasite as well? And how about honey? Thanks

  74. Jackey says:

    Usually been taking probiotic with no issues. Just recently introduced to Epoca Cool+ that CostCo has and after 4 days I’m having mild fever chills and nausea. I’ve been popping my regular Probiotic pills plus Epoca Cool+ twice a day. I was thinking what did I introduce to my diet and this is the only new thing on my diet since past week. They have it for about entire pack for just 10 bucks whereas the one I was/am taking in pill form is more expensive. I think this new probiotic is extremely inferior or probably infected with wrong bacteria that I’m having these issues with and their plastic container looks cheap and dirty. I doubt if it’s BPA free and that solution is highly acidic too with Vitamin C in plastic container.
    I don’t believe in die-off symptoms. It’s just self-consoling ideas which is okay. A good probiotic never causes so called die-off where as bad probiotic causes so much problems. I’m gonna call Epoca Cool+ manufacturer today and see what they say. Will update later.

    • evan says:

      Hey Jackey,

      While it’s possible that the product is contaminated, it is probably very unlikely.

      Our bodies are very unique and sometimes a probiotic can cause large changes in our body…even at low doses.

      Either way I’d just keep using the one probiotic that is working for you, or I’d stop your regular probiotic and use the new one exclusively.

      As far as a good probiotic and a bad probiotic goes, I believe it is like food…I lost about 25 lbs when I was eating a high fat/protein diet. But when my ex girlfriend ate the same way as I did, she would gain weight!!

      Don’t believe what people say – in many ways you are as unique as a snowflake! Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things, even if it’s a disaster like what you described above.

      take care,
      Evan Jerunica

  75. Luie says:

    I just started probiotics today for the first time 1 pill after meal. I read many side effects good and bad so I will play it day by day and will post any good or bad results. great job in answering questions !

  76. rudedude says:

    Your comments was helpful. Thank you

    • evan says:

      You’re very welcome.

      But you should really thank all the brave commenters on this page, they are very brave to share this information!

  77. Marianne says:

    Started Jarro-Dophilus only a couple days ago, and I’ve broke out in a horrible rash that just hurts. As long as I leave it alone the rash don’t itch, but it hurts. I have eczema and this seems to have made it far worse.

    • evan says:

      Marianne,

      I am so sorry :/

      Although it’s not working for you now, there is strong evidence that probiotics help with eczema.

      Once the rash calms down I would try some non-sugary fermented food like Kimchi or sauerkraut.

      feel better,
      Evan Jerkunica

  78. susan says:

    Can probiotics help with alopecia??

  79. Brooke says:

    Hi this might be TMI but I just started taking hyperbiotics and it’s seemed to give me a yeast infection, is this a normal side effect?? Does it mean the hyperbiotics are cleaning out my system? Thanks

    • evan says:

      Hi Brooke,

      It could be. I would stop the hyperbiotics for a week+ and see if the yeast infection goes away.

      As you can read in the comments above, there are 101 different possible side effects for probiotics.

      best,
      Evan Jerkunica

  80. Jennifer says:

    Thank you! I was concerned I may have improperly fermented my vegetables. I have always been one to jump in head first, and having dealt with Candida for many years, I was so excited to get well that I clearly over did it! I cut back and saw immediate relief.

  81. Chels says:

    Hey Evan,
    Been doing lots of research on/taking probiotics. I have been suffering from bv, yeast and uti’s since stopping birth control pills about a year ago. Now I am pregnant and wanting to try to make sure I’m as healthy as can be. A nutritionist recommended Garden of Life raw vaginal probiotics 50 billion. I took one capsule along with my prenatal vitamin before bed and woke up about 5 hours later extremely nauseas, heart racing, had loose stool and skin very hot. I know it’s a reaction to the probiotic but I don’t know if I should just stop using it or take half a pill..maybe with food in the morning?
    Any advice? Thanks!!

    • evan says:

      Hi Chels,

      I’m not a doctor, but I would stop taking them for the moment. Wait a week, then try a 1/2 pill.

      See how you react then – if you feel okay, do 1/2 a pill for a few weeks, then try 1 pill.

      take care,
      Evan Jerkunica

  82. Jayne peters says:

    Been taking probiotics for 2 days, increased dosage as suggested by retailer when purchased, to 4 a day as stomach was so painful, bloated, acid reflux. Now got diarrhoea. Hope its just getting rid of the rubbish for taking too many medications over 4 years! When should I stop if it doesn’t cease?

    • evan says:

      Hey Jayne,

      I’d go down to zero pills per day. After your feel normal again, then start with 1 pill every other day. You can increase the dose as you feel ready.

      Yes – 4 years of medications will royally screw up your flora.

      feel better,
      Evan Jerkunica

  83. Rachèl says:

    Hi Evan,
    very helpful thanks! i’ve been taking two capsules of 3 billion a day and willprobably cut down to one daily. i’ve beenlosing my appetite and feeling bloated also i feel very tired as well as agitated.
    this is my first round taking probiotics. as a child i used to have astma, eczema and bronchitis for which i was perscribed large doses of antibiotics. is it possible that my tiredness and agitation come from cleaning up years of bad intestine flora?

    • evan says:

      Hey Rachèl,

      If the probiotic supplement is the only thing you’ve changed, then the re-balancing of your probiotic flora could be causing the side effects. The best way to find out is to reduce the dose or stop taking the probiotics for a week or two.

      I wish you the best,
      Evan Jerkunica

  84. Heather says:

    Can taking a probiotic help with gluten sensitivity? I’ve had constant diarrhea for the past almost 4 years now. I had my gallbladder removed, and that didn’t help. I took the suggestion of a friend and eliminated gluten from my diet, and that took care of about 80% of the problem, now it’s only every couple of weeks. So I started taking a probiotic, it’s been 4 days now and I’m getting some of these symptoms, glad it’s from the detox, but I was wondering if I’ll be able to eat bread again in the future. Thank you.

    • evan says:

      Hi Heather,

      Please keep in mind I’m not a doctor when you’re reading the rest of this.

      It depends. If this is an intolerance that recently developed, then by getting your digestive vitality back could reduce/eliminate your sensitivity. But that would take serious dedication and work, especially with your gall bladder removed.

      I have anecdotally heard that people with gall bladder issues greatly benefit by taking gall bladder salts. Consider finding a high quality gallbladder bile salts supplement. Honestly this is something you’ll have to research since I am not very familiar with this topic.

      happy healing,
      Evan Jerkunica

  85. Kitty says:

    Thank you so much for this. I was really starting to worry something was wrong. I’ve taken probiotics before but was (unbeknownst to me) storing them incorrectly therefore consuming dad probiotics. I just started a fsh strain two days ago twice daily and a already feeling the effects. Will be reducing to ine until they subside.
    Thank you again !!!!

  86. Melissa says:

    I think this article made me feel better about what’s going on with me. I read a lot of the comments and your replies, but tell me if you think this is common. I increased my dosage from 15 billion to 30 billion (took 15 billion forever then one day began taking 30). After a few days I had diarrhea for a few days then began having normal bowel movements 1-3 times per day which is an increase from 1-2 times per week for me. I felt GREAT and was totally loving this 30 billion. Then about 6 weeks in I began having burning pain in my upper abdomen with diarrhea for about four days. All I could eat was rice. Today is the 7th day since that began and certain foods literally shut me down. I have to go take a nap and I have the terrible burning pain with a few loose bowel movements. When I wake up, I’m totally fine like nothing ever happened. I’ve lost 10 pounds in 7 weeks which is fine with me. I felt GREAT before this week long bout of weirdness! I also have had some headaches, skin itchiness, and I’m so tired. Could this all be detox symptoms in your non medical opinion (which I prefer by the way – don’t get me started on why)?

    • evan says:

      Hi Melissa,

      I’m glad you had some great results, but these recent side effects sound terrible!!

      I would go off the probiotics for 2 weeks and see if things improve. Then if that doesn’t work, go back on the 15 billion and see if that gets your back to normal. If things still don’t go back to normal, I’d look into lifestyle factors like sleep, stress, hydration, etc.

      Please be very careful with rapid weight loss – 10 lbs in 7 weeks isn’t too much…but if you drop 10 lbs in 1 week, I’d seek medical attention.

      happy recovery,
      Evan Jerkunica

  87. G Shanti says:

    I have a couple of questions regarding probiotics.
    1) Since the are reports of special strains of bacteria in people who eat special foods (seaweed for example), I would imagine that the ideal gut bacterial colony for your gut depends on your diet. If yes, are there studies that have attempted to look at what is the right colony for which diet?
    2) One would imagine that if you take a probiotic for a certain number of days you would be able to establish a stable colony of the bacteria in your gut and that overpopulating the gut with that bacteria could potentially be problematic. What then is the rationale for manufacturers recommending lifelong supplementation? Are there issues with the strains marketed? or is this just business trumping science?

    Thanks,
    Shanti

    PS: I would prefer honest answers to the above, or none :-)

    • evan says:

      Hey G Shanti,

      We only have honest answers here!

      1) The food you eat will feed some probiotics, and starve others. Therefore your probiotic colonies will adjust their population to match your diet.

      2) The rationale is that manufactures want a lifelong customer. You are 100% correct that it is possible to over-supplement one type of probiotic…and that will give you wrong mix of probiotics!

      You should take one product no more than 3 months at a time…then switch to a different one.

      very insightful questions,
      Evan Jerkunica

  88. Mera says:

    I had a pretty violent reaction to my first 5 days of “extra strength” probiotics. It triggered the worse IBS episode I ever had, complete with chills and a fever that clocked in at 101.3 and lasted about 18 hours. I couldn’t sleep b/c I was awakened every hour to relieve myself. When the fever went away, I was left with passing mucus alone, and mucus with stool. I stopped taking it. LESSON: I probably began with too high a concentration and should have begun on the bottom rung. Will try again with a lower “dosage” when this bout of IBS goes away because I won’t tolerate these side effects.

    • evan says:

      Hey Mera,

      Yup – this is challenge. Many people want to jump right in with the best/strongest, but some people can experience side effects.

      best of luck,
      Evan Jerkunica

  89. Hadi says:

    Hello. Is it normal for probiotics to cause dizziness?

    • evan says:

      Hi Hadi,

      No. I would go see a doctor about that.

      For me personally, I can get dizzy if I don’t have sufficient electrolytes.

      feel better,
      Evan Jerkunica

  90. Anton says:

    Got a stomach virus 2 weeks ago. Advised by doc to take florastor probiotic. Had loss of appettite, fatigue, weightloss, gas, insomnia. Is this normal?

    • evan says:

      Hey Anton,

      How long has it been going on? Rapid weight loss can be a symptom of very serious conditions. Please go see your doctor again for a check-up and see if going off the probiotics helps.

      best,
      Evan Jerkunica

  91. Norma says:

    Loose stool is normal when we eat too much of anything . Is a good thing that a loose stool lets you know you are taking more then you need is need it :) God bless you all .

  92. Norma says:

    My son had dandruff I gave him probiotics and he is so much better :) his hair is not falling out :) God is good !

  93. Anton says:

    About 2-3 weeks. I have a gastro appointment tomorrow and a sleep study tomorrow night. Ive also have been dealing with stress and anxiety. All so overwhelming. ..

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