What is Probiotics?

Category: Supplements

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Generic Name: Probiotics

See also: Enterosan MS, Multibionta Probiotic Multivitamin

Probiotics are a type of dietary supplement containing bacteria or yeast. Probiotics are live microorganisms that are similar to the beneficial microorganisms found in the human gut. These products are often used to aid digestive health and function.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Patients with evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
93 15
48 8
47 10
20 5
16 5
9 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

side_effects of Probiotics"

Severe
1
Moderate
2
Mild
1
None
58

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Probiotics

2
1
1
1
1
1

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Probiotics)
Dosage Patients
daily 19
1 capsule(s) daily 21
1 cap(s) daily 6
1 tablet(s) daily 7
1 other daily 62
1 mg daily 15
2 other daily 28
2 mg daily 6
3 other daily 7
1,000 mg daily 6
Why Patients Stopped Taking Probiotics (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Other 23
Did not seem to work 11
Course of treatment ended 9
Expense 9
Doctor's advice 6
Not indicated 4
Personal research 4
Side effects too severe 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 56 patients who’ve stopped taking Probiotics

Duration

Currently Taking Probiotics
Duration Patients
0-1 month 2
1-3 months 2
3-6 months 5
6 months-1 year 17
1-2 years 22
2 years or more 59
Stopped Taking Probiotics
Duration Patients
0-1 month 8
1-3 months 13
3-6 months 15
6 months-1 year 7
1-2 years 6
2 years or more 9
Adherence
Always
38 61%
Usually
19 31%
Sometimes
2 3%
Never
3 5%
Burden
Very
1 2%
Somewhat
4 6%
A little
16 26%
Not at all
41 66%
Cost
$200+
0 0%
$100-199
1 3%
$50-99
3 8%
$25-49
14 36%
< $25
21 54%
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8 patient evaluations for Probiotics

darinmnj
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darinmnj
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: n
I have:
ALS

See darinmnj's full Probiotics history

Oct 1, 2012 (Started Apr 01, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for General health: Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 1 tbs. Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
Sagen
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Sagen
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See Sagen's full Probiotics history

Jun 13, 2012 (Started Apr 27, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Constipation: Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Advice & Tips: forgot to get more and decided I didn't need it.

  • 0 helpful marks
CraigFL
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CraigFL
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: None
Fatigue: None
Sleep: None
Stiffness: None
function: All
external_stress: Some
Stickman: none
Description:M30y
FM:3y Dx
CFS:3y Dx
I am: n
I have:
ME/CFS

See CraigFL's full Probiotics history

Jun 17, 2011 (Started May 18, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome): Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Advice & Tips: Try different probiotics, what may work for one may not work for another. This one was a miss, but hopefully once I try the one a friend recommended recently, it'll be successful.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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