IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

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What is IBS (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 IBS (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 IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

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

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
114
Tried for
Pain (113) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
103
Tried for
Insomnia (77) Pain (66)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
Depressed mood (69) Anxious mood (8)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
Pain (76) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Bentyl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
73
Tried for
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (72) Diarrhea (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
Tried for
Pain (69) Anxious mood (2)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (60) Diarrhea (6)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Tried for
Insomnia (47) Depressed mood (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
Anxious mood (42) Insomnia (7)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
Pain (47) Abdominal bloating (1)
1 more

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

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (50 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 31 more
How many evaluations
52
Tried for
Pain (113) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (53 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Weight gain 34 more
How many evaluations
67
Tried for
Insomnia (77) Pain (66)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (37 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Weight gain 45 more
How many evaluations
66
Tried for
Depressed mood (69) Anxious mood (8)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (50 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Nausea and vomiting 24 more
How many evaluations
50
Tried for
Pain (76) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Bentyl)
Perceived effectiveness
for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Nausea 13 more
How many evaluations
27
Tried for
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (72) Diarrhea (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (41 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Drowsiness 27 more
How many evaluations
44
Tried for
Pain (69) Anxious mood (2)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Perceived effectiveness
for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Diarrhea
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (60) Diarrhea (6)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 5 more
How many evaluations
18
Tried for
Insomnia (47) Depressed mood (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (34 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Daytime sleepiness 10 more
How many evaluations
36
Tried for
Anxious mood (42) Insomnia (7)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 29 more
How many evaluations
28
Tried for
Pain (47) Abdominal bloating (1)
1 more

Data from patients with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 51
20s 397
30s 871
40s 1,224
50s 1,076
60s 430
70+ 59

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

90% Females
10% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 909
20-29 years 750
30-39 years 589
40-49 years 319
50-59 years 130
60-69 years 13
70+ years 6

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,019
Not Diagnosed 357

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