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Probiotic Users: Have You Experienced AccuFlora Side Effects?

Posted January 15th, 2011 by

At PatientsLikeMe, where more than 115,000 patients are sharing their experiences with prescription drugs, supplements and more, 20 patients report taking the probiotic AccuFlora while zero patients report experiencing AccuFlora side effects.  In addition, zero patients report discontinuing the supplement as a result of AccuFlora side effects.  The seven patients who have stopped taking AccuFlora list reasons such as expense or “it didn’t seem to work.”  (See the AccuFlora treatment report for more details.)

What exactly is a probiotic?  Falling within the realm of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), a probiotic is an over-the-counter dietary supplement containing a form of “friendly bacteria” that may aid digestion, inhibit potentially harmful bacteria and support the intestinal tract.  In the case of AccuFlora, the live microorganism or “good bacteria” used is acidophilus, one of several bacteria used in the production of yogurt. 124 patients report taking some type or brand of acidophilus at PatientsLikeMe, and the only reported side effect amongst all of them is acid reflux (1 patient).

Now that we’ve addressed AccuFlora side effects, what else do patients have to say about this brand of probiotic?  Among other reasons, patients report taking AccuFlora for general health, bowel problems, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  The most commonly reported dosage is “daily,” the most commonly reported duration is “2 years or more,” and the most commonly reported cost is “under $25.”  From the four patient evaluations submitted for AccuFlora, we can also see that all four patients ranked the supplement as “moderate” or “major” in its effectiveness.


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