What is Fiber supplement?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Equate Fiber Therapy Optifibre Psyllium and Apple Pectin Show all

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Dietary fiber, the indigestible portion of plant foods has two components — soluble fiber that is readily fermented in the colon into gases and physiologically active byproducts, and insoluble fiber that is metabolically inert, absorbing water throughout the digestive system and easing defecation.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Constipation 74 31
Bowel problems 39 15
General health 23 5
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) 5 0
Bowel irritability 4 2
Increase effect of another treatment 3 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 1
Mild 4
None 42

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fiber supplement

Side effect Patients
Flatulence 2
Abdominal bloating 1
Abdominal cramps 1
Chronic constipation 1
Excessive gas 1
Weight loss 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fiber supplement

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 3
1 g daily 1
1 tbs. daily 1
2 capsule(s) daily 1
2 other daily 1
2 tbs. daily 1
3 tbs. daily 1
5 g daily 1
6 g daily 1
6 other daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Fiber supplement

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 19
Did not seem to work 8
Expense 4
Personal research 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Side effects too severe 2
Doctor's advice 1
See all 37 patients who’ve stopped taking Fiber supplement

Duration

Currently taking Fiber supplement

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 5

Stopped taking Fiber supplement

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 23
Usually 18
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 41
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 30
Not specified 15
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6 patient evaluations for Fiber supplement

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Dawn Angel
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Dawn Angel
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: n
I have:
Parkinson's

See Dawn Angel's full Fiber supplement history

Dec 1, 2015 (Started Jun 03, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 tps. Daily
Advice & Tips: Not taking fiber supplement (psyllium) any more as constipation is no longer a problem.  This is likely due to optimized levodopa-carbidopa regimen.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 22, 2009 (Started Jun 03, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 tps. Daily
Advice & Tips: A high-fiber cereal plus a heaping teaspoon of psyllium fibre in my juice are an essential start to my day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Xicana
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Xicana
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Feb 16, 2015 (Started Jan 05, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Bowel problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 tbs. Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
sista
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sista
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I have:
MS

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Mar 12, 2010 (Started Feb 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 other Daily
Advice & Tips: take when needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Abdominal cramps

Jan 15, 2010 (Started Feb 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 other Daily
Advice & Tips: Take when needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Abdominal cramps

Dec 12, 2009 (Started Feb 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 other Daily
Advice & Tips: eat when needed.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Abdominal cramps

Nov 13, 2009 (Started Feb 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 other Daily
Advice & Tips: eat one a day
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Abdominal cramps

Oct 12, 2009 (Started Feb 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 other Daily
Advice & Tips: every day
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Abdominal cramps

Sep 17, 2009 (Started Feb 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 other Daily
Advice & Tips: every day
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Abdominal cramps

Aug 21, 2009 (Started Feb 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 other Daily
Advice & Tips: everyday
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Abdominal cramps

Aug 2, 2009 (Started Feb 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 other Daily
Advice & Tips: eat one a day
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Abdominal cramps

Jun 26, 2009 (Started Feb 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 other Daily
Advice & Tips: everyday
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Abdominal cramps

May 12, 2009 (Started Feb 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Abdominal cramps)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 other Daily
Advice & Tips: one a day
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Abdominal cramps

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