What is Inulin?

Category: Supplements

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Inulin is a starchy substance found in a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, including wheat, onions, bananas, leeks, artichokes, and asparagus. Inulin is used for high blood fats, including cholesterol and triglycerides. It is also used for weight loss and/or constipation.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 2 0
Constipation 1 2
Diabetes type 2 1 1
Diverticulitis 1 2
Irritable bowel syndrome 1 0
Sweating 1 0

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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 0
Moderate 2
Mild 0
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Inulin

Side effect Patients
Abdominal bloating 1
Blurry vision 1
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) 1
Flatulence 1
Weight gain 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Inulin

Dosage Patients
34 intl units twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Inulin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Expense 1
See 1 patient who's stopped taking Inulin

Duration

Currently taking Inulin

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1

Stopped taking Inulin

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1
Usually 1
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 2
Not specified 0
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1 patient evaluation for Inulin

Sep 19, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (flatulence, abdominal bloating)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 6 tsp. Daily
Advice & Tips: Lowers cholesterol.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jul 27, 2012 (Started Jan 01, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Doesn't thicken or taste like anything, but once you add it to water, you must let it sit for 30 sec. before stirring, so it doesn't clump.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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