Frequently Asked Questions

How is Qiara different?

Qiara contains the clinically researched single strain probiotic Lactobacillius fermentum CECT5716, which has been shown to help restore the balance of good bacteria in the digestive system.

Where is Qiara made?

Qiara is made in Australia by an Australian owned Company.

When should I take Qiara ?

Qiara can be taken by mothers during the last trimester of pregnancy and during the entire period of breastfeeding. It can be taken during the entire pregnancy.

It is recommended Qiara be taken at the first signs of breast pain or mastitis and when taking antibiotics or after taking antibiotics to help restore the good bacteria in breast milk.

What is the recommended dosage for Qiara?

The recommended dosage for Qiara is one sachet daily, however, you may take up to 2 sachets per day.

How is Qiara taken?

Simply add contents of sachet to a glass of water, milk or juice, a smoothie or add to soft food such as yoghurt and consume straight away.

Should I take Qiara while I am taking antibiotics or should I wait until I have finished the course of antibiotics?

If taking a prescribed antibiotic it is recommended you take two sachets per day (one sachet per day for babies 0 - 3 months), 2 to 3 hours before or after the antibiotic dose. Continue taking this dose for one week after completing the antibiotic course, then go back to the regular dosage.

How long should I take Qiara for?

Take one sachet daily during the last trimester of pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding until baby is six months of age. Up to two sachets can be taken daily. Dosage can be continued through entire period of breastfeeding and beyond.

Do I need to take Qiara every day?

Probiotics are known as transient bacteria and will usually disappear when not consumed regularly. It is recommended you take one sachet of Qiara every day to help boost the number of ‘good’ bacteria in the gut and restore the balance.

What does Qiara taste like?

Qiara is almost tasteless, so its easy to take even during pregnancy.

Do I need to store Qiara in the refrigerator?

Qiara contains live probiotics which are sensitive to high temperatures, however there is no need to keep Qiara in the fridge provided it is stored below 25C. So only if you live in a warm or tropical climate where the inside temperature regularly exceeds 25C, should you store it in the refrigerator.

Can Qiara be given to infants?

Yes. Qiara can be given to infants. Follow the guide on the side of the Pregnancy and Breastfeeding box or alternatively you can purchase Qiara Infant which is provides individual "Infant dosed" sachets.

For older children, Qiara Kids is available.

How many sachets are in a box of Qiara?

There are 28 sachets in each box of Qiara. At the recommended one sachet per day, a box will last four weeks.

Where can I buy Qiara and how much does it cost?
Qiara can be purchased here from our website or from selected Pharmacies and Health Professionals. See our Stockist List.
What is the small spoon inside the Qiara Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Box for?

The spoon can be used for giving your infant a direct dose for a few days in addition to that received via breastmilk. Just mix one tiny scoop with a little breastmilk into a paste and place it between the cheek and gum. This can be during or following an illness or course of antibiotics.

 

For further information, seek the advice of a healthcare professional.

General FAQs

Qiara probiotics are made in Australia by the proudly female owned and led, Australian small business Puremedic Health.

Qiara Probiotics contain a patented, single strain of beneficial bacteria, Lactobacillus fermentum CECT5716, which has been isolated from breastmilk and is dosed to match clinical research. Breastmilk is our first food as humans and is the major factor in colonising the infant gut and building the immune system.
Many other probiotics available contain beneficial bacteria isolated from the bowel or food.

Qiara can be purchased here from our website or from selected Pharmacies and Health Professionals. See our Stockist List

Qiara is almost tasteless, so it's easy to take for all the family.

Simply add contents of sachet to some water, milk or juice, a smoothie or add to soft food such as yoghurt and consume straight away. Qiara probiotics can also be sprinkled on cereal or added to warm (not hot) drinks or food and consumed immediately.

The recommended dosage for Qiara is one sachet daily, however, you may take up to 2 sachets per day if required to maintain and restore good gut flora during and after antibiotic use.

Each box of Qiara probiotics contains 28 sachets which will last 4 weeks if taken once daily.

Probiotics are known as transient bacteria and will usually disappear when not consumed regularly. It is recommended you take one sachet of Qiara every day to help boost the number of ‘good' bacteria in the gut and restore the balance.

Qiara has not been shown to react to medications or other supplements however we always recommend seeking medical advice from your GP if unsure. To maximise the effect of Qiara, we recommend taking our probiotic at least two hours before or after other probiotics and antibiotics.

Yes. However, to maximise the effect of Qiara, we recommend taking our probiotic at least 2 hours apart from taking antibiotics. For maximum benefit take one sachet twice daily during antibiotic course and continue with 2 sachets for 5 days following completion of antibiotics.

No, Qiara does not contain any of the above.

Probiotics are sensitive to high temperatures, however there is no need to keep Qiara in the fridge provided it is regularly stored below 25C. It's perfect for travelling as it is stable at room temperature.

The only added ingredient to Lactobacillus Fermentum CECT5716 is rice maltodextrin.

Yes.

Qiara has been clinically tested across all lifespans. Occasionally when first commencing the probiotic, individuals may experience slight flatulence that will subside in a few days. Please consult a Health Professional if you need further individualised advice.

Yes.

The probiotic strain in Qiara Lactobacillus fermentum CECT5716 is well researched and Qiara probiotics are all formulated to match the dose administered in publicly available research.  Health professionals may login for links to all research on Lactobacillus fermentum CECT5716 .

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5444431/ Oral Administration to Nursing Women of Lactobacillus fermentum CECT5716 Prevents Lactational Mastitis Development: A Randomized Controlled Trial

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26352805/ Lactobacillus fermentum CECT 5716 Reduces Staphylococcus Load in the Breastmilk of Lactating Mothers Suffering Breast Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial

https://bmcpediatr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12887-019-1753-7 Evaluation of the safety, tolerance and efficacy of 1-year consumption of infant formula supplemented with Lactobacillus fermentum CECT5716 Lc40 or Bifidobacterium breve CECT7263: a randomized controlled trial

https://www.wageningenacademic.com/doi/10.3920/BM2019.0180 Effects of Lactobacillus fermentum CECT5716 Lc40 on infant growth and health: a randomised clinical trial in nursing women

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17352961/ Oral intake of Lactobacillus fermentum CECT5716 enhances the effects of influenza vaccination

Please see your Health Professional or GP if symptoms persist or contact us directly for more information or advice from our health professionals.


Qiara Pregnancy & Breastfeeding FAQs

It is never too early to start taking Qiara to support your microbiome before and during pregnancy. Qiara can be used as prevention, maintenance, treatment & to optimise the microbiome and your gastrointestinal system.

If you are exclusively breastfeeding your baby, we recommend that you take Qiara Pregnancy & Breastfeeding, there is no need to dose the baby directly. Being a probiotic strain isolated from breastmilk it will pass to your baby through breastfeeding.

Seek the advice of your healthcare practitioner. Qiara probiotics help increase healthy digestive microflora or good bacteria growth and maintain and support gastrointestinal system health for all ages including babies suffering from colic.

If recommended by your healthcare practitioner, the spoon can be used for giving your breastfed infant a direct dose for a few days in addition to that received via breastmilk. Just mix one tiny scoop with a little breastmilk into a paste and place it between the cheek and gum. This can be during or following an illness or course of antibiotics. 1 scoop per day for newborn is equivalent to half a Qiara Infant sachet. 2 scoops per day from 12 weeks is equivalent to one Qiara Infant sachet. If the baby is formula fed or predominately on solids (6mths +) we recommend QIARA Infant & dosing the baby directly. Please see Qiara Infant Product for how to serve.

Yes Qiara Pregnancy & Breastfeeding may relieve the symptoms of breast pain and mild mastitis while lactating or breastfeeding and reduce the occurrence of symptoms. If you are concerned about the health of yourself or your baby, talk to your healthcare practitioner.
Seek medical advice if mastitis symptoms persist for more than 12 hours or if your symptoms worsen.

Yes, being a breast milk probiotic strain, the bacteria passes from mums gut into breastmilk via the entero-mammary pathway and is benefits baby via breastmilk.

Both products contain the same ingredients however Qiara Pregnancy & Breastfeeding is a much higher dose (3 billion CFU's) than Qiara Infant (300 million CFU's) as it is designed to be adequate and effective for a pregnant and/or breastfeeding woman.

Both products contain the same ingredients however Qiara Pregnancy & Breastfeeding is a higher dose (3 billion CFU's) than Qiara Adult (1.5billion CFU's) as the higher dose is based on clinical research for the prevention and treatment of mild mastitis.

Although a benefit from Qiara can be achieved relatively quickly it is recommended to continue taking it during pregnancy & the period of exclusive breastfeeding. It continues to provide benefit to mother and baby for as long as it is taken.

For further information see the Qiara Pregnancy & Breastfeeding product page.


Qiara Infant FAQs

We only recommend Qiara Infant for bottle fed babies or infants on solids. So if you’re not breastfeeding it’s never too early to start with Qiara Infant and receive the benefits of good bacteria from breastmilk by adding Qiara Infant to baby’s bottle. Qiara can be used as prevention, maintenance, treatment & to increase healthy digestive system flora or good bacteria growth. If you are breastfeeding your baby, we recommend you take Qiara Pregnancy and Breastfeeding as your baby will receive the benefit of the probiotic through mum’s breastmilk.

Both products contain the same ingredients however Qiara Infant is a much lower dose (300million CFU) than Qiara Pregnancy & Breastfeeding (3billion CFU) as it is designed to be given to a baby 0-24 months.

Both products contain the same ingredients however Qiara Infant is a lower dose (300million CFU) than Qiara Kids (750million CFU) as it is designed for a baby 0-24 months and the Kids is a therapeutic dose for 2-12years.

We suggest that Qiara Infant be taken for a minimum of 3-6 months and that all formula fed babies take Qiara Infant for the entire duration of bottle feeding.  Qiara Infant will continue to maintain and support good gut health for your baby / infant / toddler for as long as it is taken. For older infants on solids, Qiara Infant can be mixed with food or drinks.  After 2 years of age, Qiara Kids is recommended.

Yes.  If you are administering a colic mix to your non-breastfed baby suffering colic symptoms,  Qiara Infant may help increase healthy digestive flora and good bacteria growth and maintain and support your baby’s gastrointestinal system health. If you are administering a colic mix to your breastfed baby, mum should take Qiara Pregnancy & Breastfeeding probiotic or as directed by your health professional.

Qiara has not been shown to react to medications or other supplements however we always recommend seeking advice from your health professional if unsure.

To maximise the effect of Qiara, we recommend taking our probiotics separately to other probiotics and antibiotics (at least 2 hours apart). 

Yes, Qiara Infant can be taken during a course of antibiotics to help maintain good gut flora during antibiotic use and to restore good gut flora after antibiotic use.  However, to maximise the effect of Qiara, we recommend taking our probiotic at least 2 hours before or after taking antibiotics (not together)

You should always seek advice of your health professional, however the ingredients in Qiara are considered are allergen friendly.  

  1. Lactobacillus Fermentum CECT5716
  2. Rice Maltodextrin 

Qiara is free from Gluten, Soy, Dairy, Corn, Nuts, Eggs.  Contains no animal products and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans

Qiara is GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) free

For further information see the Qiara Infant product page.

 

Qiara Kids FAQs

It is never too early to start taking Qiara Kids probiotics isolated from breastmilk. Qiara Kids can be used as prevention, maintenance, treatment & to increase healthy digestive system flora or good bacteria growth. Ideal for kids of all ages to maintain and support gastrointestinal system health which in turn supports immune function. For Kids at home, day care, kindergarten or school, Qiara Kids supports general health and wellbeing.

Qiara Kids has not been shown to react to medications or other supplements however we always recommend seeking medical advice from your GP if unsure.

To maximise the effect of Qiara, we recommend taking our probiotics separately to other probiotics and antibiotics (at least 2 hours apart).

Yes, Qiara Kids can be during a course of antibiotics to help maintain good gut flora during antibiotic use and to restore good gut flora after antibiotic use. However, to maximise the effect of Qiara, we recommend taking our probiotic at least 2 hours before or after taking antibiotics (not together)

You should always seek advice of your health professional, however the ingredients in Qiara are considered are allergen friendly.  

  1. Lactobacillus Fermentum CECT5716
  2. Rice Maltodextrin 

Qiara is free from Gluten, Soy, Dairy, Corn, Nuts, Eggs.  Contains no animal products and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans

Qiara is GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) free

For further information see the Qiara Kids product page.

 

Qiara Adult FAQs

Both products contain the same ingredients however Qiara Adult is a lower dose (1.5 billion CFU) than Qiara Pregnancy & Breastfeeding (3 billion CFU), as the dosage for a therapeutic effect is lower for gastrointestinal health and inner wellbeing than for breastfeeding mums who may be experiencing breast pain or mild mastitis.

Absolutely. Qiara probiotics are not just for pregnancy and breastfeeding and may also assist maintaining a healthy gastrointestinal system which results in healthy digestion, regular bowel function and general wellbeing. Both men and women benefit from Qiara. Our breastmilk strain is uniquely adapted to interact with the human microbiome & immune system making it a gentle and effective probiotic for all adults across all lifespans.

Qiara Adult can be taken at any time to support intestinal health, digestive function and inner wellbeing. Qiara can be used as prevention, maintenance, treatment & to optimise gut health and the microbiome. It also helps maintain good gut flora during antibiotic use and restore good gut flora after antibiotic use. Qiara Adult is a suitable dose for 12 years+, teens and adults of all ages.

Qiara Adult may help increase healthy digestive system flora and good bacteria growth and assist with regular bowel function.

Although a benefit from Qiara Adult can be achieved relatively quickly it is recommended to continue taking it for a minimum of 3-6months. Qiara Adult will continue to provide benefits for as long as it is taken.

Qiara Adults has not been shown to react to medications or other supplements however we always recommend seeking medical advice from your GP if unsure.

To maximise the effect of Qiara, we recommend taking our probiotics separately to other probiotics and antibiotics (at least 2 hours apart).

You should always seek advice of your health professional, however the ingredients in Qiara are considered are allergen friendly.  

  1. Lactobacillus Fermentum CECT5716
  2. Rice Maltodextrin 

Qiara is free from Gluten, Soy, Dairy, Corn, Nuts, Eggs.  Contains no animal products and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans

Qiara is GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) free

For further information see the Qiara Adult product page.