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 171 44
Bowel problems 105 41
Bowel irritability 83 25
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) 37 37
Support digestive health 29 11
Constipation 20 18

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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 181

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 18 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Probiotics

Dosage Patients
1 capsule(s) daily 25
1 other daily 13
1 tablet(s) daily 10
1 mg daily 8
daily 4
2 capsule(s) daily 3
2 other daily 3
2 tablet(s) daily 3
3 capsule(s) daily 2
3 other 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
Doctor's advice 8
Personal research 8
Side effects too severe 8
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 107 patients who’ve stopped taking Probiotics

Duration

Currently taking Probiotics

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 35
10 years or more 8

Stopped taking Probiotics

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 17
1 - 6 months 47
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 143
Usually 49
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 17
A little hard to take 57
Not at all hard to take 131
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 6
$50-99 13
$25-49 33
< $25 76
Not specified 79
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19 patient evaluations for Probiotics

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KipWong
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KipWong
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See KipWong's full Probiotics history

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

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kristinlukow
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kristinlukow
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: None
Cognition: mild
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: vg
I have:
MS

See kristinlukow's full Probiotics history

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

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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

See Missy180's full Probiotics history

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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