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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Type
How many have tried
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Treatment name(s)

(Bentyl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
Pain (76) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
76
Tried for
Insomnia (55) Pain (48)
4 more
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(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
71
Tried for
Pain (64) Anxious mood (2)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
Depressed mood (45) Pain (6)
3 more
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
Anxious mood (45) Insomnia (4)
1 more
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(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
Pain (46) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (46) Diarrhea (9)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
Insomnia (44) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
Pain (36) Insomnia (2)
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)

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

(Bentyl)
Perceived effectiveness
for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (34 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Abdominal pain 9 more
Total evaluations
36
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (41 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 24 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
Pain (76) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (58 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sleepiness 24 more
Total evaluations
79
Tried for
Insomnia (55) Pain (48)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (40 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Dizziness 25 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
Pain (64) Anxious mood (2)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (33 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Dizziness 29 more
Total evaluations
52
Tried for
Depressed mood (45) Pain (6)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (43 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 11 more
Total evaluations
46
Tried for
Anxious mood (45) Insomnia (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Dizziness with nausea 16 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
Pain (46) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Perceived effectiveness
for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (36 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Fear of constipation (Coprastasophobia)
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (46) Diarrhea (9)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Dissociation 7 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
Insomnia (44) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Constipation 11 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
Pain (36) Insomnia (2)
1 more
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  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 33
20s 472
30s 1,043
40s 1,575
50s 1,528
60s 739
70+ 140
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,184
20-29 years 926
30-39 years 776
40-49 years 424
50-59 years 167
60-69 years 18
70+ years 10

Sex

Distribution of sex

90% Female
10% Male

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
IBS-C (constipation predominant) 60
IBS-D (diarrhea predominant) 55
IBS-M (mixed diarrhea and constipation) 75
IBS-U (unsubtyped) 6
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,846
Not Diagnosed 435

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