SACCHAROMYCES BOULARDII

SACCHAROMYCES BOULARDII
Saccharomyces boulardii is a probiotic yeast that supports gastrointestinal health and helps maintain a healthy balance of gut microflora.
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Uses & Effectiveness

Overview

Saccharomyces boulardii (S. boulardii) is a type of probiotic (“friendly” organism). It's a yeast that is actually a strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

“Friendly” organisms such as S. boulardii can help fight off “bad” organisms that might cause diseases. S. boulardii is different from other strains of S. cerevisiae, commonly known as brewer's yeast and baker's yeast.

People commonly use S. boulardii for treating and preventing diarrhea, including rotaviral diarrhea in children. It's also used for other types of diarrhea, acne, a digestive tract infection that can lead to ulcers, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support many of its other uses. There is also no good evidence to support using S. boulardii for COVID-19.

Don't confuse S. boulardii with other probiotics, or with fermented food products such as fermented milk, kefir, or yogurt. These are not the same.

SACCHAROMYCES BOULARDII is not actually a vitamin, but a type of yeast that has been studied for its potential health benefits, including its ability to support healthy digestion and prevent certain types of diarrhea.

Side Effects

When taken by mouth: S. boulardii is likely safe when used for up to 15 months. It can cause gas in some people.

Interactions

    Minor Interaction

    Be watchful with this combination

  • Medications for fungal infections (Antifungals) interacts with SACCHAROMYCES BOULARDII

    S. boulardii is a fungus. Medications for fungal infections help reduce fungus in and on the body. Taking S. boulardii with medications for fungal infections can reduce the effects of S. boulardii.

Special Precautionsand Warnings

When taken by mouth: S. boulardii is likely safe when used for up to 15 months. It can cause gas in some people. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if S. boulardii is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Children: S. boulardii is possibly safe for children when taken by mouth appropriately. But diarrhea in children should be evaluated by a healthcare professional before using S. boulardii.

Elderly: Older adults might have an increased risk of fungal infection when taking S. boulardii. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Digestive tract disease: S. boulardii has caused fungal infections in people with diseases of the digestive tract. If you have a digestive tract disease, talk with your healthcare provider before taking S. boulardii.

Weakened immune system: S. boulardii has caused fungal infections in people with weakened immune systems. In many cases, the infection was due to a catheter becoming contaminated. If you have a weakened immune system, talk with your healthcare provider before taking S. boulardii.

Yeast allergy: People with yeast allergy can be allergic to products containing S. boulardii. Stay on the safe side and avoid these products.

Dosing

In adults, S. boulardii has most often been taken by mouth in doses of 500-1000 mg (about 10-20 billion colony-forming units) daily for 4 weeks. In children, S. boulardii has most often been taken by mouth in doses of 250-500 mg (about 5-10 billion colony-forming units) for up to 4 weeks. Speak with a healthcare provider to find out what dose might be best for a specific condition.

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