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 189 47
Bowel problems 118 46
Bowel irritability 97 30
Irritable bowel syndrome 42 46
Support digestive health 31 12

Show all 91 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 202

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 34
1 tablet(s) daily 13
1 other daily 12
1 mg daily 7
2 capsule(s) daily 6
2 tablet(s) daily 6
daily 5
1 daily 4
1 capsule(s) twice daily 4
4 mg daily 4

See all 51 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Probiotics

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 47
Did not seem to work 32
Expense 27
Course of treatment ended 14
Personal research 12
Doctor's advice 9
Side effects too severe 9
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 122 patients who've stopped taking Probiotics

Duration

Currently taking Probiotics

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 44
5 - 10 years 37
10 years or more 20

Stopped taking Probiotics

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 21
1 - 6 months 51
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 165
Usually 54
Sometimes 11
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 20
A little hard to take 68
Not at all hard to take 147
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 8
$50-99 14
$25-49 38
< $25 84
Not specified 90
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19 patient evaluations for Probiotics

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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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