Gastroparesis

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What is gastroparesis?

Gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying, is a medical condition consisting of a partial paralysis of the stomach, resulting in food remaining in the stomach for a longer period of time than normal.

Common symptoms reported by people with gastroparesis

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

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 gastroparesis

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Reglan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
gastroparesis (32)
Treatment name(s)

(Motilium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
gastroparesis (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
Pain (11) gastroparesis (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Phenergan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
gastroparesis (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
Insomnia (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Insomnia (7) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Insomnia (2) Pain (2)
2 more

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

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Reglan)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroparesis (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Stomach pain Abdominal bloating 14 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
gastroparesis (32)
Treatment name(s)

(Motilium)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroparesis (38 evaluations)
Side effects
Abdominal bloating Abdominal pain 4 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
gastroparesis (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (11) gastroparesis (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Phenergan)
Perceived effectiveness
for gastroparesis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Headaches 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
gastroparesis (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness the next day
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Insomnia (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Brain fog
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Difficulty waking up Short term memory problems
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Insomnia (7) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth inappropriate sinus tachycardia 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Insomnia (2) Pain (2)
2 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with gastroparesis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has gastroparesis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 16
20s 118
30s 184
40s 239
50s 251
60s 114
70+ 33
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 97
20-29 years 133
30-39 years 135
40-49 years 136
50-59 years 82
60-69 years 19
70+ years 2

Sex

Distribution of sex

90% Female
10% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 677
Not Diagnosed 38

These charts show data from gastroparesis patients who have completed their condition history
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