Submit a question to our community and get an answer from real people.
Submit
All  >  Shopping

Did you quit manufacturing Benefiber because we are not able to purchase it in any stores where we live in Palm Desert, CA?

Report as

I was shocked at the greed of hoarders. I will not pay highway robbers prices I will find a substitute but not from Wal-Mart I won't take a chance on anything that might be produced in China since they do not care what they put in stuff. My cat died from their animal food filler. Fred Meyer has a product that is comparable but does not mix well like Benefiber in cold products. Wow what a scarcity issue they have.

Helpful (1) Fun Thanks for voting Comments (1)
Report as
The Wal-Mart brand is produced in the US. I sell the the fiber source to the US based company that packs for Wal-Mart. Product is basically the same as benefiber.
Report as
Add a comment...

The product is still available and it's being sold on various shopping websites. It could be the product is out of stock in the store you checked in as this can happen. It is available at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=+Benefiber+ and you can buy it from the website.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (3)
Report as
Amazon has jacked the price up on the Benefiber to a ridiculous amount. I bought a 25.6 ounce container for $87 today and had to pay $8 in shipping.
Report as
Walmart has a sign stating the recall. That was 05/17/2012
Report as
Walmart sells a a6.7 oz container of Equate sugar free Fiber Powder for$9.34. I tried it today. Can't tell the difference and is sure alot cheaper. Works just as well too!
Report as
Add a comment...

I too could not find this in stores and asked the pharmacist what the deal was and she said there was a recall. I read on another site the company that makes benefiber (Novartis) had a recall on a few different items it manufactures (aspirin etc.) because of packaging problems and benefiber was not part of the recall, but benefiber is made in the same plant that makes the other items and is now shut own. This means no new supplies of benefiber till the packaging problem is fixed. The other site said mid year so grab some off amazon if you can.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002PI7XUU?ie=UTF8&seller=A118SC543M287X&sn=august6489

it says out of stock, but this guy told me that he has more than 20+ in stock

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

I could not find it for weeks in the Chicago area either. Only the powder. I found tablers and stuff, but I use the powder. I am pregnant and this has been my only solution for constipation so far. I found only one the other day finally, and got it. I got sick teh day after with stomach flu. Now I wonder if it was related. Having another glass now-- should I?? I decided to check online before I drink it all. I cannot find anything yet on a recall.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (1)
Report as
As I learned on "The Doctors" TV show, today, there is no such medical terminology as "stomach" flu. It is either the "flu" or possibly a case of food-poisoning. I bought the last I could find in my Maryland area, but especially, if preganant I would stop with the Benefiber until a new batch is manufactured. I've had to switch back to orange Metamucil. Not as convenient as Benefiber which can be sprinkled into many foods, but a good alternative.
Report as
Add a comment...

I too have had trouble purchasing it. I did find a couple of boxes ( I like the stick packs,not the orange ones) a couple of weeks ago at Walgreen and bought the last ones, then today bought the last one on the shelf. They said it is not a standard shelf item so they don't keep a regular restock list. I have a 92 year old mother that loves this and hates to spoon it out of the canister. Please don't discontinue this product.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

A pharmacist at Sam's Club in Omaha said Novartis has not been producing Benefiber. She thinks they will produce it once they clear up problems they had with plant issues and other products. The Lincoln Novartis plant has laid off many employees and are running only a couple of products.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

Keep looking in your mom and pop shops and stores that are not in a high traffic area, they may have some on the shelf's. I found six boxes at a rite aid that is in a low traffic area, they have three more boxes and I may just run and grab them.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

I called the customer service line to verify what previous people have said but just got the run-a-round. I just wanted confirmation that they will begin production again at some point and if they could give me a rough time frame as to when they might be able to supply stores again. She would or could not verify any info or give any time frame. I told her that the only place to find the Benefiber was online and that some unscrupulous hoarders were trying to sell the 190 serving size containers for $80 to $100 a bottle (Costco retail is $20.) To which she reassured me that if I did find any supplies of Benefober that it was safe to take and not part of the recall, though that was not the question I had asked her. I know she just answers the phones but why not just say she didn't know when production would begin again? Why be so evasive about something so benign as Fiber? I guess I'm being paranoid. But.....

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

I highly recommend Arbonne Daily Fiber Boost. You can order it online and it is a 30 day supply. Completely tasteless and gluten free. I add it to my protein shakes and my husband takes it in his oj. You can order it at www.arbonne.com Arbonne also offers a preferred client membership that gets you 20% off every purchase. You can use the sponsor id# 19254622 if your want to check out the fiber. Also, Arbonne gives you a 45 day money back guarantee so if you do not like the fiber you can return it.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

I wouldn't buy from amazon.com. I was appalled to see that they are selling it for $89.95 for 16 oz. That is just terrible

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

Walmart makes a generic that is supposed to be equal to benefiber. I just bought it yesterday, so I don't know how it works yet. The pharmacist said that Benefiber is not in production right now.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (3)
Report as
I do not like the generic from Walmart. It does not work as well. I go from one extreme to another.
Report as
I too tried the generic from Walmart....does not dissolve as well as Benefiber in anything cold. I was also told by the pharmacist at Walmart that Benefiber was no longer in production. Does anyone really know what's going on???
Report as
I got the Walmart stuff after my Benefiber ran out. It works the same (diverticulitis), but you have to use two teaspoons instead of one per serving - twice as much. Today, my husband got me the Publix brand...it also has the dose at 2 teaspoons. I LOVE th orange Benefiber...I put it in my hot tea...Yummy.
Report as
Add a comment...

I haven't been able to find it in Hawaii either and when I checked the Amazon website I too saw evidence of price gouging. $124.99 for a 16 oz bottle!!! Metamucil makes a Clear & Natural powder that seems to be the same. Amazon also has this one: http://www.amazon.com/Equate-Soluble-Servings-Compare-Benefiber/dp/B0020BV2ZY/ref=sr_1_13?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1338657911&sr=1-13

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (1)
Report as
Looks like whatever has caused the supply stoppage for Benefiber is also affecting the supplies of Metamucil Clear and Natural as I've not been able to find this product for the last month in the ATL area. They were almost identical products and the price gouging on Amazon is the same for this product...ridiculous.
Report as
Add a comment...

I have used the powder benefiber for a couple of years now and suddenly I cannot find it in stores. Jewel, Walgreens, CVS, drugstore.com, walgreens.com, none of these have it in stock. Amazon has it, however, they are charges more than 3 times what Jewel was selling it for. I would get the 62 servings for $11.95; amazone was $37.95. That's outrageous. I really like the benefiber and not sure I want to switch to a different product. Anyone know what happened? Or anyone know where to purchase it at a reasonable price?

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (1)
Report as
the lady at wal-mart said it had to do with the way they mixed it,,,they put either to much or to little of something in it,,,she said I wouldn't find it for a while,,,they do have a great value brand at wal-mart I'm going to try :)
Report as
Add a comment...

Walgreens FIBER POWDER Fiber Supplement is the same as Benefiber. Read the label.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (6)
Report as
I can't find it anywhere. Checked every drug store in the area and Costco no luck.
I thought when I saw the price at Amazon it was for a case. 100+ I am still looking
Report as
walmart fiber is NOT the same...........it is hard on your stomach and is awful
Report as
CVS has their own brand that works well.....not as good as benefiber, but it;s better than most on the market.
Report as
"Walgreens Fiber Powder" at Walgreens (not Walmart) is made in Deerfield, IL, and works like Benefiber. I use it in my coffe, hot tea and cold protein shakes. It is tasteless and you can even cook with it in your pancakes or muffins in the morning.
Report as
I sell the main ingredient to the manufacturers that pack for Walgreens and Walmart and it is the same Fiber source that Benefiber used.
Report as
Walgreen's brand is NOT the same. It does dissolve, but unless you drink it really fast (I like it in my tea in the evening), it gets too thick to drink at all. I called Walgreen's, and they said I could return it for a full refund My husband took it back The saleslady said her husband did not like it, either, for the same reason. I had to cut it up to have it go down the drain! I can't imagine what it does to your gut. DON'T BUY IT.
Report as
Add a comment...

It is now unavailable except in very limited quantities for exorbitant prices -- what used to cost $12-14 is now $50 and up. Novartis seems to be in big trouble all the way around. Some other producer should be stepping in to make comparable product available, but not seeing it. Only Metamucil gritty, sickly-flavored clones. Waiting for the market to fix this, but a lot of people are very unhappy about all the Novartis discontinuations of this and much more serious medications.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

Sherry from South Carolina:
DON'T GET EQUATE from Walmart....It Will NOT Dissolve even in Hot liquid...Horrible!!! We are desperate here in South Carolina as well BUT will NOT be Duped into Buying from ANYONE Who is Price Gouging!!!!!!!!

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (2)
Report as
I bought the Equate from Walmart and haven't had any trouble with it dissolving. Works great for me!
Report as
Equate from Walmart is basically the same Fiber as Benefiber. You really shouyldn't have any problems.
Report as
Add a comment...

I'm so glad I found this site!! I have a 16 year old cat with constipation issues (among several). I was giving her a product called lactose which has the consistency of honey and she wouldn't eat it in her food. This left me giving it to her in a syringe. It would end up on the floor and her, very hard to get of her fur. I read that cats can be given fiber, which I confirmed with her vet. I had been giving her Benefiber in a her food about 2 years now and it works perfectly! Dissolves quickly, orderless and tasteless. Since I haven't been able to find it I have been using the Metamucil Clear & Natural powder. It does not work well enough, at least for her, and she's not going as often and when she does it's very little. And it will often leave a white film at the bottom of her dish. We have several of the stores mentioned here and I will try them.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (1)
Report as
Walgreens Fiber Supplement Powder Clear has the same thing in it that Benefiber has
Report as
Add a comment...

Can't find Benefiber powder in the Washington, D.C. or Baltimore metropolitan areas.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

Okay- I think I've found it. This is the only product I've found that's exactly the same as Benefiber- without outrageous pricing. 100% wheat dextrin.

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Benefiber-Alternative-Wheat-Dextrin/dp/B008EWZ84E/ref=sr_1_78?ie=UTF8&qid=1341237214&sr=8-78&keywords=benefiber

Found a few days ago- just received.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (1)
Report as
does it work?
Report as
Add a comment...

I live in NJ and can't find it either but I did purchase a similar product in Walmart that said, "compare to Benefiber". I dissolve it in my morning cup of tea and it does dissolve and works the same as Benefiber for me.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (1)
Report as
The Walmart brand was so hard on my stomach. I couldnt even work at my desk without being in pain
Report as
Add a comment...

Thanks exw1513. I've been looking all over for this stuff for months. Don't know how you found it, but thanks for the link.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

I haven't been able to find any Benefiber in South Florida either. BJ's Club, Walmart, CVS, or Waagreens and no one could tell me why. It's the only product that worked for my elderly parents. Thanks for info.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

More bad news, resumption of production of things made at that now-closed plant won't happen 'til 2013: http://www.fiercepharma.com/story/novartis-plant-snafu-sends-desperate-excedrin-users-ebay/2012-07-10

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

I was just told yesterday by my daughters pediatric gastroenterologist that the FDA recalled it a little while ago due to some advertising/label issue. It will be back but not sure when. It was not due to any problem with the medication itself. Too bad, because it is the one that is highly recommended for her to use! Good luck everyone....I'll wait patiently!

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

Novartis mfg. says its Lincoln, Nebraska facility which manufactures Benefiber is undergoing maintenance and has had to temporarily suspend production, expects to resolve the shortage soon. Per Novartis Website - www.benefiber.com

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

I contracted a form of colitis just after taking Benefiber (the strawberry kiwi envelopes you mix in water), not even hearing about this recall until now! I thought I was dying, had to go to the emergency room from being in excruciating pain for a whole week! No disease was found, so my guess is Benefiber. Nice to let us know that this product had been recalled - I have been in limbo wondering how I got this. Well, now I think I know!

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

Don't think you can get colitis from drinking something, but i'll digress..... My son really likes the orange Benefiber, and needs it as he has A VERY TIGHT BOWEL ISSUE. It seems like the orange wheat dextrin formula should be produced by other manufacturers, but i can find nothing..... recently I purchased 4 bottles for a total cost of 72 dollars on ebay...... was hoping that would last until it was back in the market, seems now like it wont.. The benefiber powder is actually made in France according to another site.... only packaged in nebraska for retail sales.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

Haven't had Benefiber here in KS for at least 3 mos. now. Used the Amazon link found here and tried the product.

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Benefiber-Alternative-Wheat-Dextrin/dp/B008EWZ84E/ref=sr_1_78?ie=UTF8&qid=1341237214&sr=8-78&keywords=benefiber

Works really well. Don't know where I would have been without it. Will stick with this product until Benefiber reappears.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

Not sure if this helps, but Benefibre is readily available at all drugstores in Canada. No shortage here.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (1)
Report as
Not everywhere in Canada. I have been searching everywhere for Benefibre Orange Tablets for the last year with no luck. Not sure what exactly is going on, no straight answers from anybody.
Report as
Add a comment...

I was told that benefiber was pulled off of all shelves in R.I. because of a labeling snafu.I loved the product, and I know other labels say, " same as " etc. etc., but I miss the original.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

I bought over $500 worth off of this guy for a seniors home I work at. It arrived fairly quickly and well packaged. He said he has a ton of it remaining.
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/221101843469?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 or this one http://www.ebay.ca/itm/320963047131?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

Check out Optifiber now available at Costco. "Compare to Benefiber" on label.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

Been using the generic CVS brand. It works just as well as any name brand fiber product

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

I found Clear Fiber At PUBLIX Grocery Store Ingredients (Wheat Dextrin ) non thicking powder , sugar free ,Flavor free ,Dissolves Completely in Beverage and soft foods .
okay I live in Florida and this was $9.99 for 62 servings 8.6 oz hope this helps out the Florida People

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

I work At Walgreen and it was pulled from the shelves and there is no longer a spot for the products


Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

Costco and Wal-Mart have poor substitutes. They are sticky when damp and that can translate to sticky output. Spouse is very unhappy with the substitutes; i don't like them but they are better than nothing.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

I bought the Metamucil brand which they have now made in a bottle that resembles the same shape as benefiber and it does dissolve well but it just doesn't work. Been taking it for over a week and nothing :( Wish they would get benefiber back on the market.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

there are two versions of benefiber, the older one is guar gum, which is still available generically. at least our wholesaler still has it, the newer one has wheat dextrin, i AM not totally sure of whats going on, Ask your pharmacist to try and order the generic version, which ever is available. Try an independant pharmacy, they usually are more cooperative.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

The manufacturer of the Wal-Mart Wheat Dextrin and the Benefiber are the same one in France. I talked to customer service and they gave me the total run around. The recall was a over a year ago - what is up? I think they are never going to make it again. The Wal-mart one is fairly the same, so we are stuck with it. Sorry.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

According to http://www.fiercepharma.com/story/novartis-braces-35b-hit-2013-sales/2013-01-23, posted about a week ago:

"...Another job to finish: Consumer health manufacturing upgrades. The company's 2012 results suffered from problems at a consumer health plant in Nebraska, which had to stop production after FDA found manufacturing violations there. Multiple products--including Excedrin, NoDoz, Maalox, Benefiber and Theraflu -- were recalled. Fixes have taken longer than initially expected, and though Novartis has managed to turn out some consumer brands elsewhere, many products remain missing from store shelves. [Novartis CEO Joe Jimenez] has stopped predicting when, exactly, that plant will be back up to full speed."

Why is it taking so long to get this plant back in operation? Heads would have rolled long ago had this been in just about any other industry.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

This doesn't help, but here's a description of the plant closing: http://pharma.about.com/b/2012/01/09/novartis-recalls-some-popular-otc-drugs.htm

I'm using Easy Fiber from CVS, made of wheat dextrin the same as Benefiber, and it's OK.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (1)
Report as
The Easy Fiber containers at my local CVS (as well as those online) say they are made of corn dextrin, not wheat dextrin (as Benefiber is). Not sure what the difference is ... nor whether the average consumer would notice.

I'm down to my last few weeks of Benefiber. :(
Report as
Add a comment...

Had an old hermetically-sealed sample I used, it worked OK with one dose. But watch out for that 3x a day usage - it's a bit much, suffered with upper-intestine pain for about 12 hours, BM too runny. Actually takes about 24 hours to work. I'd start with maybe 1 tsp. in AM, and 1 tsp. PM, see how it goes. Walgreen's has "Clear Soluble Fiber Powder) dextrin, says compare to Benefiber. About $15 for 16.7 oz, 125 servings. Found it 2/21/13. Dissolves well. Says made in USA.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

WOW, Thanks so much for all the answers--we've looked and looked for over a year and I too bought the packets on clearance at Walmart. We now use the Walmart 'benefiber' however are bummed about the packets as we do a lot of traveling and cruises. It was always so nice to go to breakfast and add the packet to our juice. Rite-aid had little tiny pill-sized plastic (think miniature ziplock) bags on sale so I guess my next trip will have me filling the individual packets for hubby and myself--a lot of trouble but worth it.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

It will start hitting the shelves again by end of June 2013. I just got off the phone with them.

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

You can buy the equivalent of Benefiber called Fiberrific. It is sold in select Wal-Mart stores in Canada in the diabetic section. It is 97% pure fiber from chicory root.. It is also sold through the Loblaws Supermarkets and their subsidiary stores.(Canada) You can call 1-800-887-6009 the manufacturer or visit www.fiberrific.com

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...

There is a better fiber product line widely available called Fiberrific. It has no taste, doesn't thicken and is higher in fiber than any other supplement (97% fiber!). They have it plain, with added probiotics (better immunity), with added digestive enzymes (better digestion), added vitamin D (prevent disease) and added B vitamins (for heart health). The products are all vegan, kosher and government approved. They are available at most health stores in Canada, Loblaws stores (natural section), Wal-Mart (diabetes section) and online from Well.ca, Bestbuy.ca and Aviva.ca For more info you can visit their site Fiberrific.com

Helpful Fun Thanks for voting Comments (0)
Report as
Add a comment...
Do you have an answer?
Answer this question...
Did you mean?
Login or Join the Community to answer