Narcotic Bowel Syndrome

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What is Narcotic Bowel Syndrome?

Narcotic bowel syndrome is characterized as a group of symptoms due to the use of opioids, including constipation; dry, hard stools; straining; and incomplete evacuation. Preventative measure can be taken to minimize the symptoms such as an increase in fiber in the diet and laxative use.

Common symptoms reported by people with Narcotic Bowel Syndrome

Common symptoms
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Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Narcotic Bowel Syndrome

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Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Narcotic Bowel Syndrome (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans Transdermal Patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Narcotic Bowel Syndrome (1)
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Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Dulcolax)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Narcotic Bowel Syndrome (1)
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Colace)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Narcotic Bowel Syndrome (1)

Data from patients with Narcotic Bowel Syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Narcotic Bowel Syndrome

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Side effects
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Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
How many evaluations
0
Tried for
Narcotic Bowel Syndrome (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans Transdermal Patch)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
CHF (Congestive heart failure) Floating feeling 2 more
How many evaluations
8
Tried for
Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Suicidal thoughts or urges Weight gain
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Narcotic Bowel Syndrome (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Abdominal bloating Nausea
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Narcotic Bowel Syndrome (1)
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Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Dulcolax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Narcotic Bowel Syndrome (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Narcotic Bowel Syndrome (1)
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Colace)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Narcotic Bowel Syndrome (1)

Data from patients with Narcotic Bowel Syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Slight
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  • Mild
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Who has Narcotic Bowel Syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 3
30s 7
40s 13
50s 9
60s 9
70+ 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

78% Female
23% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 1
30-39 years 5
40-49 years 1
50-59 years 5
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 13
Not Diagnosed 4

These charts show data from Narcotic Bowel Syndrome patients who have completed their condition history
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