What is Digestive Enzymes?

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Digestive enzymes are found in a dietary supplement containing enzymes, designed to aid digestion and assimilation of proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Support digestive health 24 10
General health 22 7
Bowel irritability 12 2
Digestive problems 9 3
Bowel problems 4 0

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  • 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 1
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 19

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Digestive Enzymes

Side effect Patients Percentage
Cholecystitis 1
Heartburn 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Digestive Enzymes

Dosage Patients Percentage
1 tablet(s) daily 1
1 capsule(s) three times daily 1
1 tablet(s) three times daily 1
100 mg daily 1
500 mg daily 1
550 mg daily 1
600 mg twice daily 1
800 mg three times daily 1
daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Digestive Enzymes

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Reason Patients Percentage
Other 8
Did not seem to work 5
Course of treatment ended 4
Expense 4
Doctor's advice 1
Personal research 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 20 patients who've stopped taking Digestive Enzymes

Duration

Currently taking Digestive Enzymes

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Digestive Enzymes

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 8
Usually 11
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 11
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 3
< $25 3
Not specified 13
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1 patient evaluation for Digestive Enzymes

Mar 8, 2015 (Started Feb 27, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for abdominal bloating)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for flatulence)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Ran out of pills and I can't afford to buy another bottle.

  • 0 helpful marks
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