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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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
69
Tried for
Pain (62) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Tried for
Pain (62)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
Pain (39) irritable bowel syndrome (7)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
depressed mood (38) Pain (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Linzess)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
Pain (35) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
anxious mood (35) stress (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
Pain (31) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (31) diarrhea (6)
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 (38 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating abdominal pain 8 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (71) diarrhea (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (37 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dizziness 24 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
Pain (62) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (34 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation constipation 20 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
Pain (62)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (36 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth rapid weight gain 11 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
Pain (39) irritable bowel syndrome (7)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness muscle and joint pain 55 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
depressed mood (38) Pain (4)
2 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)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 4 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
Pain (35) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness drowsiness 5 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
anxious mood (35) stress (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 10 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
Pain (31) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Perceived effectiveness
for irritable bowel syndrome (12 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation fear of constipation (coprastasophobia)
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (31) diarrhea (6)
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 35
20s 485
30s 1,124
40s 1,658
50s 1,677
60s 873
70+ 166
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,219
20-29 years 951
30-39 years 801
40-49 years 449
50-59 years 175
60-69 years 20
70+ years 9

Sex

Distribution of sex

90% Female
10% Male

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
IBS-C (constipation predominant) 87
IBS-D (diarrhea predominant) 115
IBS-M (mixed diarrhea and constipation) 130
IBS-U (unsubtyped) 16
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,954
Not Diagnosed 447

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