What is Psyllium Husk?

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Psyllium seed husks are used as a regular dietary supplement to improve and maintain regular GI transit to relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticular disease, and diarrhea. Some recent research is also showing them to be promising in lowering cholesterol and controlling diabetes.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Irritable bowel syndrome 772 42
Constipation 86 39
Bowel problems 35 9
General health 18 6
Bowel irritability 9 2
Diarrhea 8 12

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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 10
Mild 11
None 71

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Psyllium Husk

Side effect Patients Percentage
Abdominal bloating 5
Constipation 2
Diarrhea 2
Gas pain 2
Abdominal pain 1
Bad taste in mouth 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Psyllium Husk

Dosage Patients Percentage
1 tbs. daily 1
1 tsp. daily 1
1 capsule(s) twice daily 1
2.5 g/7 g daily 1
3 g daily 1
7 g daily 1
10 g daily 1
500 mg daily 1
525 mg daily 1
625 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Psyllium Husk

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 39
Other 28
Doctor's advice 17
Side effects too severe 14
Expense 12
Course of treatment ended 11
Personal research 6
Change in health plan coverage 3
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Duration

Currently taking Psyllium Husk

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Psyllium Husk

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 22
1 - 6 months 23
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 50
Usually 30
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 41
Not at all hard to take 46
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 55
Not specified 36

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Psyllium Husk after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Polyethylene Glycol 3350 (MiraLax) 1
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11 patient evaluations for Psyllium Husk

May 29, 2019 (Started Jul 01, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 7 g Daily
Advice & Tips: It's basically cereal dust. Mixing it with water creates a thick juice. Usually they put some orange flavour, but I also mix it with apple juice and it tastes good. ADVICE: - Some brands put an effervescent thing in the dust so you end up getting cereal-tasting sparkling water, and it's not a good mix in my opinion, so better ask the chemist to make sure. - This goes directly into the intestines so the effects are seen 12-24 hours later. Therefore I highly recommend never skipping it, because if I skip it one day, I have diarrhea the next one (never fails)
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 15, 2015 (Started Sep 03, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    Mild (abdominal bloating)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 3 tsp. Four times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 1, 2012 (Started Sep 03, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for constipation)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 27, 2011 (Started Sep 03, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Mar 14, 2015 (Started Dec 29, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for alternating constipation and diarrhea)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 3.5 g/3.7 g Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Remember woks best when taken with food! if not seems to do very little also remember todrink lot of water(or laxido) whilst eating. drink it this stuff quick othe wise it will be like drinking pureed frog spawn. combines well with laxido.

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