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 186 46
Bowel problems 117 45
Bowel irritability 94 30
Irritable bowel syndrome 41 45
Support digestive health 31 12

Show all 92 reasons taken


  • 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 8
Mild 24
None 199

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Probiotics

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 5
Flatulence 5
Abdominal bloating 3
Stomach pain 3
Frequent bowel movements 2
Abdominal pain 1

Show all 18 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Probiotics

Dosage Patients
1 capsule(s) daily 40
1 tablet(s) daily 16
1 other daily 15
1 mg daily 8
1 capsule(s) twice daily 5
2 capsule(s) daily 5
2 tablet(s) daily 5
1 daily 4
4 mg daily 4
daily 4

See all 52 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Probiotics

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 46
Did not seem to work 30
Expense 24
Course of treatment ended 13
Personal research 11
Doctor's advice 9
Side effects too severe 9
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 117 patients who've stopped taking Probiotics

Duration

Currently taking Probiotics

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 52
5 - 10 years 43
10 years or more 18

Stopped taking Probiotics

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 20
1 - 6 months 50
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 163
Usually 54
Sometimes 11
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 19
A little hard to take 67
Not at all hard to take 146
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 8
$50-99 14
$25-49 38
< $25 82
Not specified 89
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19 patient evaluations for Probiotics

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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