What is Avoid aspartame (sweetener)?

Category: Nutrition/Diets

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Aspartame is an artificial, non-saccharide sweetener used as a sugar substitute in some foods and beverages.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 73 9
Multiple Sclerosis 28 1
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 14 0
Allergic reaction 5 0
Migraine headaches 5 1
Fibromyalgia 3 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 1
Moderate 1
Mild 1
None 11

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

Side effect Patients
Headaches 2
Breathing difficulty 1
Vertigo 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

Dosage Patients
daily 13
all the time (24/7) 2
24 hr daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

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Reason Patients
Other 5
Side effects too severe 3
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently using Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

Duration Patients
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 18

Stopped using Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

Duration Patients
0-1 month 2
3-6 months 1
6 months-1 year 1
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 9
Usually 4
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 9
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 4
Not specified 10
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3 patient evaluations for Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

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Impy Ann1
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Impy Ann1
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: mild
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I have:
MS

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Dec 7, 2008 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: My son took me off Aspartame over 20 years ago because his college professor said it was bad for ANYONE and I was already sick with something. He drove all the way home from college and threw out everything in the house with aspartame in it. Now, if I just taste the stuff I gag. Never eat or drink anything without checking first!
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
woobie
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woobie
Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Mental Symptoms : none
Physical Symptoms : moderate
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VL 0
I have:
HIV

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Dec 6, 2008 (Started Jan 01, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for General health)
  • side effects
    Mild (Headaches)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Side effects: Headaches

  • 0 helpful marks
janik
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janik
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: moderate
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: n
I have:
PLS

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Dec 1, 2008 (Started Jul 15, 1991)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Other)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage:
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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