What is Probiotics?

Category: Supplements

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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.

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Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 239 52
Bowel problems 166 48
Bowel irritability 139 38
Irritable bowel syndrome 51 60
Support digestive health 36 13

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 3
Moderate 11
Mild 25
None 227

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Probiotics

Side effect Patients Percentage
Diarrhea 6
Abdominal bloating 4
Flatulence 4
Stomach pain 3
Frequent bowel movements 2
Nausea 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Probiotics

Dosage Patients Percentage
1 capsule(s) daily 21
1 other daily 6
1 tablet(s) daily 5
1 mg daily 4
2 capsule(s) daily 2
3 capsule(s) daily 2
400 mg daily 2
0.5 mg daily 1
1 daily 1
1 g daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Probiotics

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 48
Did not seem to work 35
Expense 28
Course of treatment ended 14
Personal research 12
Doctor's advice 9
Side effects too severe 9
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Probiotics

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 25
10 years or more 8

Stopped taking Probiotics

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 19
1 - 6 months 50
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 186
Usually 56
Sometimes 13
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 20
A little hard to take 73
Not at all hard to take 171
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 4
$100-199 10
$50-99 15
$25-49 39
< $25 98
Not specified 100

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Probiotics after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Dicyclomine (Bentyl) 1
Ranitidine (Ranitidine OTC) 1
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20 patient evaluations for Probiotics

May 15, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 capsule(s) Daily
Advice & Tips: i am now thinking the lack of stomach ache might have been because it doesn't work. not sure if bad batch or old but no change at all
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Mar 30, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 capsule(s) Daily
Advice & Tips: I usually get pretty bad stomach ache from probiotics but not this one. it's expensive but worth it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 7, 2017 (Started Jan 27, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bowel problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 g Daily
Advice & Tips: As needed once a week
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 28, 2017 (Started Jan 27, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bowel problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 g Daily
Advice & Tips: Have to dial it in as I go. Too much or to many days you get constipated. Stop and in a few days diarrhea returns. Intestinal muscles are weak, bowel movements need to be the consistency of thick pudding.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 8, 2017 (Started Jan 27, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bowel problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 g Daily
Advice & Tips: Stopped diarrhea in 3 days, then for fear of constipation, stopped taking it. in 4 days diarrhea returned. Started taking it again my 2nd day diarrhea stopped again.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 27, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Gut Health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 tablet(s) Daily
Advice & Tips: This is the most important thing I do for my health.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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