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
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

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  • 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 3
Mild 5
None 75

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

Show all 14 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Probiotics

Dosage Patients
1 capsule(s) daily 34
1 other daily 9
1 mg daily 8
1 tablet(s) daily 8
2 other daily 3
daily 3
1 capsule(s) m,w,f 2
1 capsule(s) twice daily 2
2 capsule(s) daily 2
3 capsule(s) daily 2

See all 46 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Probiotics

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 28
Did not seem to work 13
Expense 12
Course of treatment ended 9
Doctor's advice 7
Personal research 5
Side effects too severe 5
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 69 patients who’ve stopped taking Probiotics

Duration

Currently taking Probiotics

Duration Patients
0-1 month 1
1-3 months 4
3-6 months 11
6 months-1 year 14
1-2 years 13
2 years or more 69
1

Stopped taking Probiotics

Duration Patients
0-1 month 11
1-3 months 14
3-6 months 18
6 months-1 year 7
1-2 years 7
2 years or more 14
1

Adherence


Always
Patients
54
64%
Usually
Patients
22
26%
Sometimes
Patients
4
5%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
4
5%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
1
1%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
7
8%
A little hard to take
Patients
17
20%
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
4
5%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
18
21%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
23
27%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
38
45%
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10 patient evaluations for Probiotics

Missy180
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Missy180
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Relapse: Mild
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See Missy180's full Probiotics history

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

  • 0 helpful marks
NanaBurr
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NanaBurr
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: All
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Most
Stickman: all
Description:F45y
FM:8y 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
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