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Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/SPV.0b013e31821a8b4d
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Randomized Trial Comparing 2 Fiber Regimens for the Reduction of Symptoms of Constipation

Hull, Margaret A. MSN; McIntire, Donald D. PhD; Atnip, Shanna D. MSN; Dreadin, Julie MSN; Nihira, Mikio A. MD; Drewes, Peter G. MD; Schaffer, Joseph I. MD; Wai, Clifford Y. MD

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Abstract

Objective: This study aimed to compare the effects of a special bowel recipe with psyllium on symptoms of constipation.

Methods: Women with symptoms of constipation were randomized to 6 weeks of either psyllium or a special bowel recipe. Patients completed a constipation scoring questionnaire and recorded characteristics of each bowel movement.

Results: A total of 53 participants completed prestudy and poststudy constipation scoring questionnaires. Both groups demonstrated improvement in constipation scores (psyllium: 13.9 ± 4.7 to 9.0 ± 4.6, P < 0.001; recipe: 13.6 ± 4.1 to 8.5 ± 5.0, P < 0.001). Mean differences in pretreatment and posttreatment constipation scores were not statistically different between the 2 groups.

Subjects taking the bowel recipe strained only 20% of the time compared with those using psyllium who strained 57% of the time (P = 0.007). Other symptoms improved from baseline, but the majority was not different between treatment groups.

Conclusions: The bowel recipe demonstrated no significant difference in efficacy to pure fiber.

© 2011 by Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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