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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 164 37
Bowel problems 103 38
Bowel irritability 80 25
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) 37 36
Support digestive health 28 10
Constipation 19 14

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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 4
Moderate 7
Mild 16
None 166

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Probiotics

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 6
Flatulence 4
Abdominal bloating 3
Abdominal pain 1
Acne 1
Back pain 1

Show all 19 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Probiotics

Dosage Patients
1 capsule(s) daily 20
1 other daily 12
1 tablet(s) daily 11
1 mg daily 8
2 tablet(s) daily 3
daily 3
2 other daily 2
3 capsule(s) daily 2
4 capsule(s) daily 2
150 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Probiotics

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 45
Did not seem to work 26
Expense 20
Course of treatment ended 13
Side effects too severe 9
Doctor's advice 8
Personal research 8
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Probiotics

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 29
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 9

Stopped taking Probiotics

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 16
1 - 6 months 48
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 135
Usually 43
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 15
A little hard to take 54
Not at all hard to take 121
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 5
$50-99 10
$25-49 33
< $25 71
Not specified 73
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17 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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thjuland
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thjuland
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See thjuland's full Probiotics history

Apr 1, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Bowel problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: It still works great.:-)
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 7, 2008 (Started Jan 01, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Bowel problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Taking one capsule in the morning and the other before bed, I have a bowel movement each day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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NanaBurr
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NanaBurr
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 45
Condition: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 12 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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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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