What is Acidophilus?

Category: Supplements

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See also: Chewable Acidophilus Flora

Lactobacillus acidophilus is one of several bacteria used in the production of yoghurt. Acidophilus is considered a probiotic or "friendly bacteria", outcompeting more harmful microorganisms for their food supply. People take acidophilus to help digestion or boost their immune system.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 78 24
Bowel irritability 29 7
Bowel problems 24 16
Support digestive health 10 4
Increase effect of another treatment 6 3

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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 0
Moderate 0
Mild 2
None 50

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Acidophilus

Side effect Patients
Abdominal cramps 1
Acid reflux 1
Cloudy urine 1
Painful urination 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Acidophilus

Dosage Patients
daily 11
10 mg daily 2
1 other daily 1
2 capsule(s) daily 1
2 tbs. daily 1
300 mg daily 1
25,000,000 unt daily 1
25,000,000 unt twice daily 1
500,000,000 unt daily 1
1,000,000,000 unt daily 1

See all 12 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Acidophilus

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 13
Did not seem to work 11
Course of treatment ended 7
Expense 5
Doctor's advice 1
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Duration

Currently taking Acidophilus

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Acidophilus

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 27
Usually 21
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 43
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 30
Not specified 18
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5 patient evaluations for Acidophilus

Aug 17, 2012 (Started Jan 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 tab(s) Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 9, 2011 (Started Jun 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bowel urgency)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bowel irritability)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bowel incontinence)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Really helps keep the IBS from getting out of control
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 22, 2010 (Started Jun 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bowel urgency)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bowel irritability)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bowel incontinence)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Easy daily dosage helps with digestive problems and canker sores. I also can tolerate milk products better. It makes it easier to go out and be social without having digestive problems and worries.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 1, 2010 (Started Jul 04, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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