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A 19-year-old female asked:

Does align actually work?? i want to use it but scared it'll make my symptoms of bloating, gas, stomach pain etc. worse. im 19

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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 36 years experience
It works for some: people, but not others. Since there are many factors that exacerbate irritable bowel syndrome, there is no guarantee that it will work. It should not make your symptoms worse and there is a good chance it will help. If you still have concerns, please discuss this with your doctor.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Neutral factor: The symptoms you mention may improve with a probiotic, but I would look at other issues too. A probiotic just allows your germ balance in your gut to have "happy" germs. But it will not change the response your system has to eating foods you can't process. Keep a food diary & read labels. Do selective food eliminations to see if things like dairy, coffee, red dye #40, etc. Make you worse & avoid.

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