What is Wheat dextrin?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most popular types: Benefiber

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Wheat dextrin is an over the counter fiber product to relieve constipation.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Constipation 34 9
Bowel problems 11 4
General health 7 0
Chronic constipation 5 1
Bowel irritability 3 1
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 2 0

Show all 13 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 1
Mild 2
None 12

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Wheat dextrin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Diarrhea 1
Flatulence 1
Gas pain 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Wheat dextrin

Dosage Patients Percentage
100 g daily 2
1 tbs. daily 1
2 tbs. twice daily 1
200 g daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Wheat dextrin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 7
Other 7
Course of treatment ended 3
Doctor's advice 2
See all 19 patients who've stopped taking Wheat dextrin

Duration

Currently taking Wheat dextrin

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped taking Wheat dextrin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 9
Usually 4
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 11
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 8
Not specified 7
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1 patient evaluation for Wheat dextrin

Mar 27, 2013 (Started Aug 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bowel problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (flatulence)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: When I started taking Ampyra, its side affect of constipation negated my need for added fiber.

Mar 31, 2012 (Started Aug 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bowel problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 4 tps. Daily
Advice & Tips: I bought a sanitary bidet, and began using it to clean off my frequent, loose stools instead of trying to solidify my stools. I like this method better. Taking fiber helped some, but gave me gas. Even with the fiber my stools weren't often normal (just better), and I still needed the sanitary bidet, so I chose not to spend the money on fiber.

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