What is Nutritional supplements?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Nutri-Drink Peptamen BC-I Beyond Chelation Improved Show all


A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supply nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fatty acids or amino acids, that are missing or are not consumed in sufficient quantity in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while in others they are defined as drugs.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 13 2
Fatigue 5 0
Support immune health 5 1
Increase effect of another treatment 2 0
Pain 2 0
Autism spectrum disorder 1 0

Show all 28 reasons taken

  • 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 5

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Nutritional supplements

Side effect Patients Percentage


Based on patients currently taking Nutritional supplements

Dosage Patients Percentage
1 other daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Nutritional supplements

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Personal research 2
Other 1
See all 3 patients who've stopped taking Nutritional supplements


Currently taking Nutritional supplements

Duration Patients Percentage
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Nutritional supplements

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 4
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 1

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Nutritional supplements and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 1
Last updated:

1 patient evaluation for Nutritional supplements

Sep 29, 2014 (Started Sep 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Crohn's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chronic constipation, poor concentration, brain fog, drowsiness, confusion)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
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Cost: < $25 monthly

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