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
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
102
Tried for
Insomnia (75) Pain (70)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
102
Tried for
Pain (101) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Bentyl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
80
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
Depressed mood (68) Anxious mood (8)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
Pain (73) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
73
Tried for
Pain (69) Depressed mood (2)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (55) Diarrhea (7)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Tried for
Anxious mood (46) Insomnia (7)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
Pain (49)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
Insomnia (46) Depressed mood (3)
2 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)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (58 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Weight gain 32 more
How many evaluations
75
Tried for
Insomnia (75) Pain (70)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (45 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Nausea 32 more
How many evaluations
45
Tried for
Pain (101) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Bentyl)
Perceived effectiveness
for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Nausea 13 more
How many evaluations
30
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (38 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Weight gain 45 more
How many evaluations
64
Tried for
Depressed mood (68) Anxious mood (8)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (46 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Itching 24 more
How many evaluations
47
Tried for
Pain (73) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (36 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Weight gain 30 more
How many evaluations
39
Tried for
Pain (69) Depressed mood (2)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Perceived effectiveness
for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation
How many evaluations
17
Tried for
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (55) Diarrhea (7)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (43 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 11 more
How many evaluations
46
Tried for
Anxious mood (46) Insomnia (7)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Weight gain 37 more
How many evaluations
28
Tried for
Pain (49)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 6 more
How many evaluations
18
Tried for
Insomnia (46) Depressed mood (3)
2 more

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

Who has IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 44
20s 443
30s 893
40s 1,301
50s 1,156
60s 501
70+ 74

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 987
20-29 years 792
30-39 years 629
40-49 years 340
50-59 years 138
60-69 years 12
70+ years 7

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,237
Not Diagnosed 370

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