What is Ensure Nutritional Drink?

Category: Nutrition/Diets

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Ensure is a food supplement often recommended by nutritionists or dieticians to 'ensure' that ALS/MND patients are getting enough calories and vitamins when swallowing difficulties or arm weakness make eating whole foods difficult or no longer pleasurable.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 21 7
Support weight gain 16 8
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 4 0
Fatigue 3 1
Gastroparesis 2 3

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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 1
Mild 2
None 11

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ensure Nutritional Drink

Side effect Patients
Chronic constipation 1
Constipation 1
High cholesterol 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Ensure Nutritional Drink

Dosage Patients
3 8oz bottle/can daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Ensure Nutritional Drink

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 10
Side effects too severe 3
Did not seem to work 2
Expense 2
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently using Ensure Nutritional Drink

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1

Stopped using Ensure Nutritional Drink

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

Sep 14, 2008 (Started Sep 14, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support weight gain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 L All the time (24/7)

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 29, 2008 (Started Jun 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 237 mL Daily
Advice & Tips: Doctor wrote a prescription for Ensure, which greatly reduced cost.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 3, 2008 (Started Apr 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 330 mL Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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