Irritable bowel syndrome

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What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic noninflammatory disease characterized by abdominal pain, altered bowel habits consisting of diarrhea or constipation or both, and no detectable pathologic change in the intestinal tissue.

Common symptoms reported by people with irritable bowel syndrome

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 irritable bowel syndrome

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

(Bentyl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
71
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (71) Diarrhea (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
Pain (60) Anxious mood (3)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
Pain (64) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
Insomnia (43) Pain (39)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
Depressed mood (39) Pain (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
Pain (38) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
Insomnia (36) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Anxious mood (35) Insomnia (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Linzess)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
Pain (32) Insomnia (2)
1 more

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

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

(Bentyl)
Perceived effectiveness
for irritable bowel syndrome (37 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Abdominal bloating 11 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (71) Diarrhea (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (36 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dizziness 25 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
Pain (60) Anxious mood (3)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (34 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Chronic constipation 21 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
Pain (64) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (47 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Rapid weight gain 20 more
Total evaluations
68
Tried for
Insomnia (43) Pain (39)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (29 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Decreased sex drive (libido) 30 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
Depressed mood (39) Pain (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 5 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
Pain (38) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Groggy in morning 4 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
Insomnia (36) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (38 evaluations)
Side effects
Tiredness Daytime sleepiness 7 more
Total evaluations
41
Tried for
Anxious mood (35) Insomnia (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Linzess)
Perceived effectiveness
for irritable bowel syndrome (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Abdominal bloating 6 more
Total evaluations
24
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Constipation 10 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
Pain (32) Insomnia (2)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 34
20s 481
30s 1,078
40s 1,610
50s 1,601
60s 819
70+ 152
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,213
20-29 years 941
30-39 years 794
40-49 years 443
50-59 years 171
60-69 years 20
70+ years 9

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
IBS-C (constipation predominant) 78
IBS-D (diarrhea predominant) 95
IBS-M (mixed diarrhea and constipation) 117
IBS-U (unsubtyped) 11
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,927
Not Diagnosed 442

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