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 80 34
Bowel problems 41 15
General health 27 5
Irritable bowel syndrome 5 0
Bowel irritability 4 2

Show all 23 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
Severe 1
Moderate 1
Mild 5
None 44

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 capsule(s) daily 2
1 mg daily 2
1 g daily 1
1 tablet(s) daily 1
1 tps. daily 1
2 g daily 1
2 other daily 1
2 tbs. daily 1
1 capsule(s) three times daily 1
3 tbs. daily 1

See all 23 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Fiber supplement

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 20
Did not seem to work 9
Expense 4
Personal research 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Doctor's advice 2
Side effects too severe 2
See all 38 patients who've stopped taking Fiber supplement

Duration

Currently taking Fiber supplement

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 9
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 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 25
Usually 19
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 44
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 31
Not specified 17
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6 patient evaluations for Fiber supplement

Jan 8, 2010 (Started Aug 28, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bowel problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 g Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 1, 2009 (Started Aug 28, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bowel problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 g Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 11, 2009 (Started Aug 28, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 g Daily
Advice & Tips: Help's control my sentive bowell syndrone problem
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Aug 29, 2008 (Started Aug 28, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 g Daily
Advice & Tips: I have sensitive bowel syndrone and this helps with regulating my bowel system.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 9, 2009 (Started Jul 03, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 5, 2009 (Started Jul 03, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 1, 2008 (Started Apr 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    Mild (flatulence)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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