What is Alpha-galactosidase?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most popular types: Beano


Alpha-galactosidase is an enzyme used for the prevention of flatulence and bloating attributed to a variety of grains, cereals, nuts, and vegetables containing the sugars raffinose, stachyose, and/or verbascose.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Flatulence 6 3
Digestive disturbances 3 1
Bad breath (halitosis) 1 0
Bowel irritability 1 0
Irritable bowel syndrome 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Alpha-galactosidase

Side effect Patients Percentage

Why patients stopped taking Alpha-galactosidase

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Personal research 1
See 1 patient who's stopped taking Alpha-galactosidase


Stopped taking Alpha-galactosidase

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 2
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 0
Not specified 2
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Alpha-galactosidase.