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VSL 3 Capsule

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VSL 3 Capsule has a good bacteria which have gastrointestinal (GI) protective properties and maintain a healthy digestive tract (stomach and intestines). It is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (symptoms include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, and diarrhea or constipation) and ulcerative colitis.

VSL 3 Capsule is taken with or without food in a dose and duration as advised by the doctor. The dose you are given will depend on your condition and how you respond to the medicine. You should take this medicine until your doctor tells you to stop. Consult a doctor while taking any other medicine especially steroids or antibiotics along with this medicine.

The most common side effects are bloating and flatulence. Most of these are temporary and usually resolve with time. Contact your doctor straight away if you are at all concerned about any of these side effects.

Before taking this medicine, you should let your doctor know if you have liver or kidney problems. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also consult their doctor.

Side effects of VSL Capsule

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of VSL

  • Bloating

How to use VSL Capsule

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Do not chew, crush or break it. VSL 3 Capsule may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How VSL Capsule works

VSL 3 Capsule is a probiotic. It contains healthy bacteria that stick to the walls of the digestive tract. This forms a barrier that protects the inner layer of the gut against harmful bacteria and other toxic substances that may upset your digestive system.

Safety Advice

It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with VSL 3 Capsule. Please consult your doctor.
Information regarding the use of VSL 3 Capsule during pregnancy is not available. Please consult your doctor.
Information regarding the use of VSL 3 Capsule during breastfeeding is not available. Please consult your doctor.
It is not known whether VSL 3 Capsule alters the ability to drive. Do not drive if you experience any symptoms that affect your ability to concentrate and react.
There is limited information available on the use of VSL 3 Capsule in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
There is limited information available on the use of VSL 3 Capsule in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.

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Quick Tips

  • Take VSL 3 Capsule at least 2 hours before or after antibiotics. This is because taking VSL 3 Capsule along with the antibiotics can reduce their effectiveness. 
  • Avoid taking VSL 3 Capsule along with steroids (medications that weaken the immune system) as they might increase the chances of getting sick.
  • Notify your doctor if you are pregnant.
  • Notify your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

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Q. Are VSL a bacteria?

Yes, VSL are a group of bacteria called VSL. They are considered as friendly bacteria. These are found in fermented foods like yoghurt and cheese. These bacteria are taken so that they can grow and multiply in the area where they normally occur.

Q. Can VSL cause diarrhea?

Generally, VSL are considered safe when taken by mouth appropriately. However, in some people, it can cause stomach upset which may result in diarrhoea, bloating and flatulence (accumulation of gas).

Q. Is VSL a probiotic?

Yes, VSL is a probiotic, the opposite of an antibiotic. Probiotics are ‘good bacteria’ which help to maintain digestive health and boost the immune system. Generally, Probiotics are used in cases where the normal bacteria are killed due to some disease or medicine. For example, taking antibiotics can kill the disease-causing bacteria as well as normal bacteria present in the gastrointestinal tract. Hence, to counter such imbalance of good bacteria taking probiotics while you are on antibiotics can help.

Q. How long should VSL be taken?

Usually, full benefits with VSL can be observed in one month. This is because a minimum of four weeks are required to allow the colonisation of the gut by good bacteria to become stable. However, you need to keep a record if there is an improvement in your symptoms or not. The dose of the medicine should be taken as recommended by your doctor or the manufacturer.

Q. Is it safe to use VSL during pregnancy?

A specific strain of VSL, Bifidobacterium bifidum, is probably safe when taken by mouth for 6 weeks during pregnancy. However, there is not enough reliable information of taking other strains of VSL during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid other strains of VSL during pregnancy.

Q. How should VSL be stored?

VSL should be refrigerated at a temperature of 36-46°F or 2-8°C. It can also be stored at room temperature (77°F) for a maximum of 2 weeks without any damage to the product.

Q. How should VSL be taken?

VSL can be taken with any cold non-carbonated beverage and consumed. It can also be mixed with cold food such as yoghurt, ice-cream, or apple sauce. Hot beverages are not recommended since the working ability and effectiveness of the bacteria may be reduced due to heat and moisture.

Q. Can I take antibiotic and probiotic at the same time?

Taking antibiotics along with VSL might reduce the effectiveness of VSL. To avoid this interaction keep minimum of 2 hours gap (before or after) between the two.

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