Frequently Asked Questions

Find all the answers to your frequently asked questions about Florastor® here. For more information, visit our About page or Contact us.

Why is Florastor® a Unique Probiotic?

Florastor® contains our unique active probiotic strain Saccharomyces boulardii lyo CNCM I-745, the friendly yeast found naturally on the skin of lychees and mangosteens (tropical fruits). Most of the other probiotics you'll find on the market are bacterial probiotics that are either in pill form or in foods such as yogurt. When compared to bacterial probiotics, Florastor stays active even when taken along with common antibiotics, to protect your GI tract especially when you need it most. Visit the About page comparison chart to find out why Florastor is superior.

The World Health Organization defines probiotics as "live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit to the host."These microorganisms include both bacteria and yeast-based cells, which interact with the body differently.
Florastor is a daily probiotic supplement intended to help promote the body's own natural intestinal flora. Anyone's intestinal flora can become upset and vulnerable—whether from the daily flow of an active lifestyle (travel, stress, diet), disruption from a prescribed antibiotic, or nonspecific digestive issues. Florastor helps maintain peace in your intestinal tract by promoting intestinal balance and harmony.Florastor also supports intestinal function, which can result in healthy absorption of essential nutrients and water.
There are several ways to take Florastor:

  • Swallow the capsule whole.
  • Open the capsule or packet and empty the contents onto your tongue. Follow with a 4 oz. drink of water or juice.
  • Open the capsule or packet and sprinkle over semisolid food (applesauce, yogurt, etc.).
  • Open the capsule or packet and dissolve the contents in liquid (water, juice, milk, formula, etc.).
Yes, Florastor is appropriate for children as young as two months.FlorastorKids is available as a tutti-frutti-flavored powder sachet.
The only difference is the tutti-frutti flavor in FlorastorKids®. One Florastor capsule and one FlorastorKids powder sachet contain the same amount of Saccharomyces boulardii lyo(250mg).
Florastor is supplied as vegetarian, gluten-free sticks, capsules, and sachets. Florastor, FlorastorKids, FlorastorBaby, FlorastorPre, and FlorastorPlus can be found on the shelf near other digestive health products or behind the pharmacy counter in 18, 20, 30, 50, and 100 count.
No, Florastor does not require refrigeration, making it travel-friendly. It is manufactured with a patented lyophilization process, similar to freeze-drying. This allows for storage at room temperature to guarantee an optimal level of living cells. Do not refrigerate Florastor after opening as this could expose the cells to moisture and compromise its three-year shelf life.
Within approximately 30 minutes after ingestion, each Florastor capsule dissolves in the stomach, allowing the yeast cells to help keep your intestinal tract on track. Florastor can only benefit you during days of use. Florastor is naturally eliminated through the digestive tract and is undetectable within five days after last consumption.
Florastor is gluten-free and the vegetarian capsule is derived from pine bark. A component of Florastor is sourced from milk for human consumption, however, only the lactose (milk sugar) is extracted. Because Florastor can increase digestive enzymes in healthy individuals, Florastor has been successfully taken by people sensitive to lactose.However, a caution remains for individuals genetically incapable of producing the digestive enzyme, lactase.
Our manufacturing process does not include the risk of exposure or cross-contamination from corn, egg protein, fish, gluten, latex, meat, nuts or shellfish. Florastor may contain traces of soy.
Yes, because Florastor is a yeast-based probiotic. Florastor is not compromised by antibiotics that can kill good and bad bacteria, unlike many bacterial probiotics you’ll find marketed in capsule form or in foods such as yogurt.
Do not use Florastor probiotics in the acute-care setting, especially in those individuals with open arterial and venous access required (such as a Vascath, Permcath, or AV fistula). Do not use for any individual with a central line or port or in the surroundings of any patient with a central line or port. Central lines include short- and long-term central venous catheters (CVCs) and peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs). Do not use Florastor for pre- or post- organ or bone marrow transplant patients and other patients considered severely immunocompromised or critically ill. Do not use Florastor probiotics if allergic to any components (especially yeast).
Instances of side effects are rare, with less than 1% of individuals reporting mild constipation or thirst.
No, Florastor does not cause or exacerbate a vaginal yeast infection of Candida origin. Taken by mouth, Florastor transits through the gastrointestinal tract and does not pass through the urinary or genital system.
In the absence of reliable animal teratogenesis data, Biocodex advises women who are pregnant or nursing to check with their healthcare practitioner before using Florastor.
Long-term use of Florastor has not been associated with complications. After repeated oral doses, Florastor transits through the digestive tract attaining steady-state levels that are maintained throughout the administration period. Florastor is no longer present in stools two to five days after discontinuation of treatment.