What is Avoid aspartame (sweetener)?

Category: Nutrition/Diets


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 75 10
Multiple sclerosis 28 1
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 15 1
Migraine headaches 5 1
Fibromyalgia 3 0

Show all 15 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 1
None 12

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

Side effect Patients
Headaches 2
Breathing difficulty 1
Vertigo 1


Based on patients currently using Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

Dosage Patients
daily 12
1 mg daily 1
24 hr daily 1
as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 5
Side effects too severe 3
Personal research 1
See all 7 patients who've stopped using Avoid aspartame (sweetener)


Currently using Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 12

Stopped using Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 10
Usually 4
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 10
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 4
Not specified 11
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4 patient evaluations for Avoid aspartame (sweetener)

Oct 12, 2016 (Started Apr 28, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Dr. Adrian Gross, the FDA’s own toxicologist, testified before Congress that without a shadow of a doubt, aspartame can cause brain tumors and brain cancer. Aspartame causes headache, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, coma and cancer. It also worsens or mimics the symptoms of such diseases and conditions as fibromyalgia, MS (and ALS), lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue and depression. Aspartate and glutamate act as neurotransmitters in the brain by facilitating the transmission of information from neuron to neuron. Too much aspartate or glutamate in the brain kills certain neurons by allowing the influx of too much calcium into the cells. This influx triggers excessive amounts of free radicals, which kill the cells. The neural cell damage that can be caused by excessive aspartate and glutamate is why they are referred to as 'excitotoxins.' They 'excite' or stimulate the neural cells to death.

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 7, 2008 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • 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

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
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