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Common Benefiber Side Effects


The most commonly reported Benefiber side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Off Label Use (142)
Therapeutic Response Unexpected (62)
Incorrect Dose Administered (55)
Diarrhoea (43)
Constipation (37)
Overdose (35)
Abdominal Pain Upper (31)
Flatulence (30)
Nausea (25)
Diverticulitis (25)
Malaise (23)
Abdominal Distension (23)
Underdose (23)
Condition Aggravated (18)
Weight Decreased (18)
Vomiting (18)
Pain (15)
Dizziness (15)
Blood Glucose Increased (14)
Abdominal Pain (14)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Side effects reports are analyzed to discover potential health product safety signals. Some important reactions may take an extremely long time to develop or occur infrequently. Continued monitoring of adverse reactions is thus essential to maintain a comprehensive safety and effectiveness profile of health products.

Benefiber Side Effects Reported to FDA

The following Benefiber reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
FAERS is a database that contains information on adverse event and medication errors reports submitted to FDA by healthcare professionals (such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others), consumers (such as patients, family members, layers and others) and manufacturers.


The appearance of Benefiber on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.
Rectal Haemorrhage
This is a report of a 50-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: nutritional supplementation, who was treated with Benefiber Orange Powder (dosage: Unk, Couple Times Perweek, start time: 2009), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
  • Rectal Haemorrhage
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Benefiber Orange Powder treatment in male patients, resulting in rectal haemorrhage side effect.

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Arthralgia, Off Label Use
This report suggests a potential Benefiber Orange Powder Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Arthralgia, Off Label Use side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 71-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: laxative supportive care and used Benefiber Orange Powder (dosage: Unk, Unk) starting NS. Soon after starting Benefiber Orange Powder the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
  • Arthralgia
  • Off Label Use
Drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Benefiber Orange Powder demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as type 2 diabetes mellitus, may still occur.

Arthralgia, Fall, Therapeutic Response Unexpected, Off Label Use
This Arthralgia, Fall, Therapeutic Response Unexpected, Off Label Use problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from CA. A 51-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: crohn^s disease. On NS this consumer started treatment with Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin (dosage: 2 Tsp, One To Two Times A Day, Prn). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When commencing Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
  • Arthralgia
  • Fall
  • Therapeutic Response Unexpected
  • Off Label Use
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as arthralgia, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Contrast Media Reaction, Hepatic Cirrhosis, Pancreatitis
This is a report of a 63-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: irritable bowel syndrome,flatulence,abdominal x-ray and was treated with Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin (dosage: 2 Tsp, Qd) starting 1994. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Gas-x Extstr Chew Tabs Peppermint Creme (250 Mg, Qid)
  • Gadolinium (Unk, Unk)
  • Phazyme (Unk, Unk)
  • Beano (Unk, Unk)
Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
  • Contrast Media Reaction
  • Hepatic Cirrhosis
  • Pancreatitis
This opens a possibility that Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin treatment could cause the above reactions, including apparent death, and some female subjects may be more susceptible.


Oral Infection, Off Label Use
A 87-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms/conditions: herpes zoster started Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin treatment (dosage: Unk, Unk) on 2011. Soon after starting Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
  • Oral Infection
  • Off Label Use
Concurrently used drugs: NA. This finding indicates that some male patients could be more vulnerable to Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin.

Convulsion, Frequent Bowel Movements, Off Label Use, Incorrect Dose Administered
A 59-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA) experienced symptoms, such as: bowel movement irregularity and was treated with Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin(dosage: 1/2 Tsp In The Morning). The treatment was initiated on NS. After that a consumer reported the following side effect(s):
  • Convulsion
  • Frequent Bowel Movements
  • Off Label Use
  • Incorrect Dose Administered
Concurrently used drugs, which potentially could have contributed to side effect(s) or affected Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin efficacy: NA.

Nausea, Vomiting, Off Label Use
In this report, Benefiber Stick Packs was administered for the following condition: bowel movement irregularity.A 59-year-old female consumer from US (weight: NA) started Benefiber Stick Packs treatment (dosage: 1 Packet, Qd) on 2012.Sometime after starting the treatment, the patient complained of the following side effect(s):
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Off Label Use
A possible interaction with other drugs could have contributed to this reaction: NA.Establishing a causal relationship between a specific drug and consumer's side effects is complex, but it is possible that in this report Benefiber Stick Packs treatment could be related to the listed above side effect(s).

Back Injury, Therapeutic Response Unexpected, Off Label Use, Underdose
This is a report of the following Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin side effect(s):
  • Back Injury
  • Therapeutic Response Unexpected
  • Off Label Use
  • Underdose
A 81-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA) presented with the following condition: bowel movement irregularity and received a treatment with Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin (dosage: 1 Tsp, Qd Prn) starting: NS.The following concurrently used drugs could have generated interactions: NA.This report suggests that a Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin treatment could be associated with the listed above side effect(s).

Allergy To Metals, Chondropathy, Fluid Retention, Inflammation, Pain In Extremity, Blood Heavy Metal Increased, Malaise, Therapeutic Response Unexpected, Off Label Use
This Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin report was submitted by a 69-year-old female consumer from US (weight: NA). The patient was diagnosed with: blood cholesterol abnormal and Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin was administered (dosage: 4.5 Tsp, Qd) starting: 2005. The consumer developed a set of symptoms:
  • Allergy To Metals
  • Chondropathy
  • Fluid Retention
  • Inflammation
  • Pain In Extremity
  • Blood Heavy Metal Increased
  • Malaise
  • Therapeutic Response Unexpected
  • Off Label Use
Other drugs used simultaneously:
  • Benefiber Plus Calcium With Wheat Dextrin (4.5 Tsp, Qd)
Those unexpected symptoms could be linked to a Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin treatment, however establishing a potential drug-safety problem requires a more detailed clinical analysis.

Sinusitis, Oropharyngeal Pain, Cough
This is a report of a possible correlation between Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin use and the following symptoms/side effect(s):
  • Sinusitis
  • Oropharyngeal Pain
  • Cough
which could contribute to an assessment of Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin risk profile.A 74-year-old female consumer from US (weight: NA) was suffering from diverticulum and was treated with Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin (dosage: 1 Heaping Teaspoon, Unk) starting NS.Other concurrent medications:
  • Benefiber Stick Packs (1 Pack, A Day)


Myocardial Infarction, Large Intestine Polyp, Off Label Use
A 74-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA) presented with the following symptoms: diverticulitis,hypertension and after a treatment with Benefiber Plus Calcium With Wheat Dextrin (dosage: Unk, Unk) experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Large Intestine Polyp
  • Off Label Use
The treatment was started on NS. Benefiber Plus Calcium With Wheat Dextrin was used in combination with the following drugs:
  • Toprol (Unk, Unk)
This report could alert potential Benefiber Plus Calcium With Wheat Dextrin consumers.

Diverticulum, Off Label Use
In this report, a 57-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA) was affected by a possible Benefiber Stick Packs side effect.The patient was diagnosed with bowel movement irregularity. After a treatment with Benefiber Stick Packs (dosage: 1 Stick Pack Daily, start date: 2009), the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Diverticulum
  • Off Label Use
The following simultaneously used drugs could have led to this reaction:
  • Magnesium
The findings here stress that side effects should be taken into consideration when evaluating a Benefiber Stick Packs treatment.

Colon Cancer, Therapeutic Response Unexpected, Underdose
This is a report of a 72-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA), who used Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin (dosage: 2 Tsp, Qd) for a treatment of NA. After starting a treatment on NS, the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Colon Cancer
  • Therapeutic Response Unexpected
  • Underdose
The following drugs could possibly have interacted with the Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin treatment NA.Taken together, these observations suggest that a Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin treatment could be related to side effect(s), such as Colon Cancer, Therapeutic Response Unexpected, Underdose.

Sinusitis, Disease Recurrence, Vomiting, Off Label Use, Therapeutic Response Unexpected
This sinusitis side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 67-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: constipation. The patient was prescribed Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin (dosage: 6 Tsp Per Day), which was started on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA. When starting to take Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin the consumer reported the following symptoms:
  • Sinusitis
  • Disease Recurrence
  • Vomiting
  • Off Label Use
  • Therapeutic Response Unexpected
These side effects may potentially be related to Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin.

Gallbladder Disorder, Cholelithiasis, Off Label Use
This is a Benefiber Orange Powder side effect report of a 77-year-old female patient (weight:NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: bowel movement irregularity, who was treated with Benefiber Orange Powder (dosage:2 Tsp, Tid, start time: 2008), combined with: NA., and developed a serious reaction and a gallbladder disorder side effect. The patient presented with:
  • Gallbladder Disorder
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Off Label Use
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This side effect report can indicate a possible existence of increased vulnerability to Benefiber Orange Powder treatment in female patients suffering from bowel movement irregularity, resulting in gallbladder disorder.

Liver Disorder, Fluid Overload, Blood Pressure Increased, Cerebrovascular Accident, Oedema Peripheral, Polyp, Gastritis, Diverticulitis, Abdominal Distension
This report suggests a potential Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin liver disorder side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 51-year-old patient from US (weight:NA) was diagnosed with the following health condition(s): prophylaxis,gastritis and used Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin (dosage: Unk, Unk) starting 2001. Soon after starting Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Liver Disorder
  • Fluid Overload
  • Blood Pressure Increased
  • Cerebrovascular Accident
  • Oedema Peripheral
  • Polyp
  • Gastritis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Abdominal Distension
Drugs used concurrently:
  • Miralax
  • Protonix
  • Nexum
  • Compazine
  • Zofran
The patient was hospitalized. Although Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as liver disorder, may still occur.


This death problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 92-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following medical condition(s): NA.On NS a consumer started treatment with Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin (dosage: Unk, Unk). The following drugs/medications were being taken at the same time: NA. When commencing Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms /side effects:
    Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry potential side effect risks. Some side effects, such as death, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

    Breast Cancer, Off Label Use, Incorrect Dose Administered
    This is a Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin side effect report of a 46-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: constipation and was treated with Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin (dosage: 2 Tsp Per Day, As Needed) starting 2002. Concurrently used drugs: NA. Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following of symptoms:
    • Breast Cancer
    • Off Label Use
    • Incorrect Dose Administered
    This opens a possibility that Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin could cause breast cancer and that some female patients may be more susceptible.

    Cardiac Arrest, Off Label Use
    A 77-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms: constipation started Benefiber Orange Powder treatment (dosage: Unk, Unk) on 201011. Soon after starting Benefiber Orange Powder treatment, the consumer experienced several side effects, including:
    • Cardiac Arrest
    • Off Label Use
    . Concurrently used drugs: NA. This finding indicates that some patients can be more vulnerable to developing Benefiber Orange Powder side effects, such as cardiac arrest.

    Blood Pressure Abnormal, Blood Cholesterol, Therapeutic Response Unexpected, Off Label Use, Incorrect Dose Administered
    This blood pressure abnormal side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 71-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: constipation.The patient was prescribed Benefiber Plus Calcium With Wheat Dextrin (dosage: 4 Tsp, Qd), which was started on 2010. Concurrently used drugs: NA..When starting to take Benefiber Plus Calcium With Wheat Dextrin the consumer reported symptoms, such as:
    • Blood Pressure Abnormal
    • Blood Cholesterol
    • Therapeutic Response Unexpected
    • Off Label Use
    • Incorrect Dose Administered
    These side effects may potentially be related to Benefiber Plus Calcium With Wheat Dextrin.

    Full Blood Count Decreased, Therapeutic Response Unexpected, Underdose
    This is a report of a 77-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from CA, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: constipation, who was treated with Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin (dosage: 2 Tsp Daily, start time: 2012), combined with:
    • Benefiber Stick Packs (Unk, Unk)
    • Iron (300 Mg Daily)
    and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
    • Full Blood Count Decreased
    • Therapeutic Response Unexpected
    • Underdose
    which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin treatment in female patients, resulting in full blood count decreased side effect.

    Tibia Fracture, Bunion, Foot Deformity, Bone Density Decreased, Cognitive Disorder, Constipation, Therapeutic Response Unexpected, Off Label Use, Incorrect Dose Administered
    This report suggests a potential Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin Tibia Fracture, Bunion, Foot Deformity, Bone Density Decreased, Cognitive Disorder, Constipation, Therapeutic Response Unexpected, Off Label Use, Incorrect Dose Administered side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 53-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: constipation and used Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin (dosage: 4 Tsp Per Day As Needed) starting 200904. Soon after starting Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
    • Tibia Fracture
    • Bunion
    • Foot Deformity
    • Bone Density Decreased
    • Cognitive Disorder
    • Constipation
    • Therapeutic Response Unexpected
    • Off Label Use
    • Incorrect Dose Administered
    Drugs used concurrently:
    • Flaxseed Oil (Unk, Unk)
    • Vicodin (1-2 Tablets, Q6h)
    The patient was hospitalized. Although Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as tibia fracture, may still occur.

    Large Intestinal Ulcer, Constipation, Overdose, Incorrect Dose Administered
    This Large Intestinal Ulcer, Constipation, Overdose, Incorrect Dose Administered problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 64-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: nutritional support. On NS this consumer started treatment with Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin (dosage: 3 Tsp, Every Now And Then). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When commencing Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
    • Large Intestinal Ulcer
    • Constipation
    • Overdose
    • Incorrect Dose Administered
    The patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as large intestinal ulcer, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

    Atrial Fibrillation
    This is a report of a 55-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: NA and was treated with Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin (dosage: Unk, Three Times Daily) starting NS. Concurrently used drugs:
    • Bufferin Regular Strength (Unk, Unk)
    • Aspirin
    Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
    • Atrial Fibrillation
    This opens a possibility that Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin treatment could cause the above reactions, including atrial fibrillation, and some female subjects may be more susceptible.

    Arrhythmia, Heart Rate Decreased, Chest Discomfort, Off Label Use
    A 50-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms/conditions: bowel movement irregularity started Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin treatment (dosage: 2 Tsp Once Daily) on 2008. Soon after starting Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
    • Arrhythmia
    • Heart Rate Decreased
    • Chest Discomfort
    • Off Label Use
    Concurrently used drugs:
    • Calcium W/vitamin D Nos (600 Mg, Two Times Daily)
    This finding indicates that some female patients could be more vulnerable to Benefiber W/ Wheat Dextrin.

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