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
48
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (48) abdominal bloating (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
pain (39) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Linzess)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
pain (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
depressed mood (28) pain (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
pain (26) abdominal cramps (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
anxious mood (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
pain (17) irritable bowel syndrome (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
pain (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
depressed mood (22) anxious mood (1)

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 (25 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating acid reflux 2 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (48) abdominal bloating (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 22 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
pain (39) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Linzess)
Perceived effectiveness
for irritable bowel syndrome (12 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea abdominal bloating 11 more
Total evaluations
15
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation drowsiness 11 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
pain (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (26 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 43 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
depressed mood (28) pain (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation difficulty waking up 6 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
pain (26) abdominal cramps (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness drowsy in morning 5 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
anxious mood (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness weight gain 5 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
pain (17) irritable bowel syndrome (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
gastritis stomach irritation if not enough food in stomach 1 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
apathy diarrhea 6 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
depressed mood (22) anxious mood (1)
  • 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 38
20s 519
30s 1238
40s 1783
50s 1924
60s 1124
70+ 299
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1291
20-29 years 1010
30-39 years 835
40-49 years 472
50-59 years 188
60-69 years 24
70+ years 10

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 805
Female 6154

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
IBS-C (constipation predominant) 228
IBS-D (diarrhea predominant) 254
IBS-M (mixed diarrhea and constipation) 316
IBS-U (unsubtyped) 45
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4471
Not Diagnosed 467

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