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
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) 92 27
Constipation 59 27
Bowel problems 26 5
General health 17 6
Bowel irritability 10 2
Diarrhea 6 5

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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
Severe 1
Moderate 7
Mild 7
None 52

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Psyllium Husk

Side effect Patients
Abdominal bloating 5
Abdominal pain 1
Cramps in back 1
Diarrhea 1
Flatulence 1
Gas pain 1

Show all 8 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Psyllium Husk

Dosage Patients
2.5g/7g as needed 3
1 tbs. daily 2
3.4 g/11 g daily 2
1other as needed 2
1 tsp. daily 1
1.5 tps. daily 1
2.5 g/7 g daily 1
3.4 g/3.7 g daily 1
2 x 3.4 g/11 g daily 1
2 x 3.4 g/3.7 g daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Psyllium Husk

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 30
Other 25
Doctor's advice 12
Course of treatment ended 11
Expense 11
Side effects too severe 11
Personal research 6
Change in health plan coverage 3
See all 88 patients who’ve stopped taking Psyllium Husk

Duration

Currently taking Psyllium Husk

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Psyllium Husk

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 16
1 - 6 months 23
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 36
Usually 22
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 29
Not at all hard to take 34
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 41
Not specified 25
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10 patient evaluations for Psyllium Husk

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Rejoice
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Rejoice
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 45
Condition: Hemiplegic Migraine 27 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Hemiplegic Migraine

See Rejoice's full Psyllium Husk history

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 IBS (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 IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Fluff4brains
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Fluff4brains
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 50
Condition: Glioblastoma 6 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Glioblastoma

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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.

  • 0 helpful marks
Peoples1
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Peoples1
Gender: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
71 M
I am: g
I have:
Mild Depression

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Feb 5, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 3 tbs. Daily
Advice & Tips: The 3 Tbsp I take daily weighs 13 grams, by my own scale. I buy it in bulk at the Bulk Barn for $7.00 a pound. It cost me about $5 a month. The psyllium works so well that I've stopped making daily entries in my health log. I would say that my constipation is pretty much "cured" by my taking psyllium daily.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 20, 2013 (Started Jan 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 3 tbs. Daily
Advice & Tips: I mix the 3 T psyllium in an 8 oz glass of cold water. I stir every ten seconds. when the swelled up psyllium reaches the bottom of the glass, it is time to drink it. If I wait too long to drink it, it gets too thick. For a while, I took 4 tbsp/day which caused my stool to be too loose at times, so I reduced the dose to 3 tbsp, which seems about right.

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