- Though the results of the study are encouraging, larger randomized
controlled studies should be performed to evaluate the use of probiotics
in this patient population.
- The effects of probiotics are species specific and should be prescribed
- As with many food supplements, there is no regulation of the quality
or safety of probiotic products that are on the market and patients
should be made aware of this fact.
- Probiotics are an inexpensive therapeutic option and are widely available
for approximately $10.00 for a bottle of 30 capsules.
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