oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Probiotics, with special emphasis on their role in the management of irritable bowel syndrome

Volume 79, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



Probiotics are live microorganisms, and when administered in adequate amounts, bestow beneficial effects on the host. The therapeutic and preventative application of probiotics in several disorders is receiving increasing attention, and this is especially true when gastrointestinal microbiota are thought to be involved in their pathogenesis, as in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Given the increasingly widespread use of probiotics, a thorough understanding of their risks and benefits is important. The purpose of this review is to update health care professionals on current probiotic information, and provide an overview of probiotic treatment approaches, with a special emphasis in IBS.

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