Full Product Information
VSL#3® is a probiotic blend consisting live microorganisms. These probiotic bacteria can help balance the beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract. VSL#3® contains 450 billion bacteria in each sachet: the highest available concentration of bacteria in Canada!1
VSL#3® contains 8 strains of live, freeze-dried probiotic bacteria:1
- Bifidobacterium breve
- Bifidobacterium longum*
- Bifidobacterium infantis*
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
- Lactobacillus plantarum
- Lactobacillus paracasei
- Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. Bulgaricus**
- Streptococcus thermophilus
* Recently reclassified as Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis
** Recently reclassified as Lactobacillus helveticus
Flavoured VSL#3® contains maltose, cornstarch, flavour, and silicon dioxide. Unflavoured VSL#3® contains cornstarch, and silicon dioxide.
VSL#3® can be mixed with any cold, noncarbonated beverage and then consumed. VSL#3 can also be mixed into any cold food such as yogurt, ice cream, or applesauce, and then consumed.2
The recommended daily intake of VSL#3® for adults is 2-4 sachets or as directed by your physician. For the use of VSL#3 in children under 12 years of age consult your physician.1
Cautions and Warnings
Bloating has been reported infrequently. If this occurs it usually only lasts for a short period of time. It is most likely due to changing intestinal bacteria. If you experience bloating, you may need to reduce your daily intake of VSL #3® for a few days to allow for this adjustment. Pregnant and lactating women should consult a physician before use. If you have fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea or sever abdominal pain, consult a health care practitioner prior to use. If symptoms of digestive upset (e.g. diarrhea) occurs and/or persists beyond 3 days, discontinue use and consult a health care practitioner. Keep out of children reach.1
Avoid taking VSL#3® with antibiotics. Antibiotics may inactivate the live bacteria in VSL#3®. If you have an immune-compromised condition (e.g. AIDS, lymphoma, patient undergoing long-term corticosteroid treatment), do not use this product.1
Known Adverse Reactions
Available clinical studies have demonstrated no significant side effects in individuals taking VSL#3®. There have been infrequent reports of flatulence (gas) or bloating. In addition fermentable foods such as beans, cauliflower and root vegetables could worsen undesired effects. Discuss the best options for you with your physician.1
Sachets should be refrigerated (2-8°C).
Natural Product Number
- VSL#3® Product License, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, March 2017.
- VSL#3® Product Information, Ferring Pharmaceuticals.