Lactinex (Lactobacillus acidophilus and helveticus)

My mother has been battling C Diff off and on now.  On a recent hospital visit (admitted for other reasons) she was prescribed Lactinex for C Diff prevention/treatment.  I’d never heard of it and of course, did some research.  My first thought was that it must be a Lactobacillus bacteria, but which one, who knows?  Maybe it was something new and effective since it was being prescribed by an infectious disease specialist.

According to BD Worldwide’s website, “Lactinex products are a blend of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus helveticus (bulgaricus).” [1] Although Lactobacillus acidophilus and helveticus are generally considered beneficial, no where on the companies website did I find a claim that it is intended as a treatment for C Diff.

I’m still searching for any clinical evidence that Lactobacillus acidophilus or helveticus are effective in curing or preventing C Diff as well.

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