What is Probiotics?

Category: Supplements

Most Popular Types: VSL#3, Ultimate Flora Critical Care Pro Biotic, Probiotic Complex, (Show all)

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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

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Probiotics

Severe
1
Moderate
4
Mild
7
None
72

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

Patients
3
Patients
1
Patients
1
Patients
1
Patients
1
Patients
1

Show all 17 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Probiotics)
Dosage
1 other daily
Patients
60
Dosage
1 capsule(s) daily
Patients
51
Dosage
2 other daily
Patients
28
Dosage
1 mg daily
Patients
23
Dosage
daily
Patients
19
Dosage
1 tablet(s) daily
Patients
10
Dosage
2 capsule(s) daily
Patients
7
Dosage
500 mg daily
Patients
7
Dosage
2 mg daily
Patients
6
Dosage
3 other daily
Patients
6

Dosages based on patients currently taking Probiotics.

Why Patients Stopped Taking Probiotics (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Other
Patients
27
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
12
Reason
Expense
Patients
12
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
9
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
7
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
5
Reason
Personal research
Patients
5
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
5
Reason
Change in health plan coverage
Patients
1
See all 70 patients who’ve stopped taking Probiotics

Duration

Currently Taking Probiotics
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
0
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
1
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
3
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
9
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
14
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
78
Stopped Taking Probiotics
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
8
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
15
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
17
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
7
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
7
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
13

Adherence


Always
Patients
54
64%
Usually
Patients
23
27%
Sometimes
Patients
3
4%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
4
5%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
1
1%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
6
7%
A little hard to take
Patients
18
21%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
59
70%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
1
1%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
3
4%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
20
24%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
26
31%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
34
40%
Last updated:

10 patient evaluations for Probiotics

NanaBurr
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NanaBurr
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: All
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Most
Stickman: all
Description:F44y
FM:7y Dx
I am: vb
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See NanaBurr's full Probiotics history

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

  • 0 helpful marks
GyrlwithCats
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GyrlwithCats
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 46
Condition: Spinal Stenosis 10 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I have:
Spinal Stenosis

See GyrlwithCats's full Probiotics history

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

  • 0 helpful marks
ozzieartist
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ozzieartist
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See ozzieartist's full Probiotics history

Feb 10, 2014 (Started May 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Constipation)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 65 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jun 7, 2011 (Started May 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Constipation)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 65 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: After taking for about one week my constipation vanished.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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