What is Probiotics?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: VSL#3 Ultimate Flora Critical Care Pro Biotic Culturelle Show all

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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 Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 126 27
Bowel problems 78 27
Bowel irritability 61 19
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) 23 28
Support digestive health 19 4
Ulcerative colitis 12 5

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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
Severe 1
Moderate 4
Mild 8
None 125

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Probiotics

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 2
Abdominal bloating 1
Abdominal pain 1
Acne 1
Body odor 1
Cramps 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Probiotics

Dosage Patients
1 capsule(s) daily 20
1 other daily 7
1 tablet(s) daily 6
1 mg daily 5
2 tablet(s) daily 3
2 capsule(s) daily 2
2 other daily 2
4 capsule(s) daily 2
150 mg daily 2
1 capsule(s) m,w,f 1

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Why patients stopped taking Probiotics

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 31
Did not seem to work 13
Expense 11
Course of treatment ended 9
Doctor's advice 7
Personal research 5
Side effects too severe 5
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Probiotics

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 9

Stopped taking Probiotics

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 12
1 - 6 months 33
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 94
Usually 32
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 45
Not at all hard to take 80
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 7
$25-49 26
< $25 50
Not specified 52
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10 patient evaluations for Probiotics

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Missy180
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Missy180
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Mild
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Jun 20, 2016 (Started Apr 14, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Yeast overgrowth)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Vulvodynia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Inflammation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Yeast is better controlled. No heart burn anymore. Regular bowel movements.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 19, 2016 (Started Apr 14, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Yeast overgrowth)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Vulvodynia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Inflammation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I haven't been taking this long so it's effectiveness for the yeast over growth and vulvodynia are not perceived yet. My bowel movements are more regular now and I do not get painful gas any longer.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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NanaBurr
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NanaBurr
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Little
Fatigue: None
Sleep: None
Stiffness: Little
function: All
external_stress: Some
Stickman: none
Description:F45y
FM:8y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Mar 7, 2016 (Started Oct 10, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Bowel problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily

Nov 9, 2015 (Started Oct 10, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Bowel problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily

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GyrlwithCats
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GyrlwithCats
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 47
Condition: Spinal Stenosis 10 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I have:
Spinal Stenosis

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Mar 12, 2015 (Started Mar 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Perennial Allergy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 capsule(s) Daily
Advice & Tips: I thought probiotics would help with my digestion, still waiting for that improvement. However, I have not needed an allergy pill since the day after my first dose. My allergies have always been extreme and consistent, since I was a small child! I have never been able to even be late with a dose without being completely sick and unable to function. This is the 12th day without an allergy pill dose!
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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