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
62
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (62) diarrhea (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
57
Tried for
pain (52) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
pain (46)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
depressed mood (39) pain (8)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
pain (29) irritable bowel syndrome (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
depressed mood (28)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
anxious mood (27) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
pain (27) abdominal cramps (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
depressed mood (25) pain (4)
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 (30 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating abdominal pain 5 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (62) diarrhea (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (31 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 17 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
pain (52) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (23 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation allergic reaction 16 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (46)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (33 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 50 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
depressed mood (39) pain (8)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Linzess)
Perceived effectiveness
for irritable bowel syndrome (10 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea abdominal bloating 5 more
Total evaluations
13
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain sleepiness 9 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
pain (29) irritable bowel syndrome (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness apathy 7 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
depressed mood (28)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime tiredness drowsiness 7 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
anxious mood (27) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 9 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
pain (27) abdominal cramps (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood suicidal thoughts or urges 27 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
depressed mood (25) pain (4)
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 37
20s 491
30s 1,168
40s 1,736
50s 1,781
60s 997
70+ 216
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,253
20-29 years 982
30-39 years 818
40-49 years 469
50-59 years 179
60-69 years 21
70+ years 9

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 700
Female 5,748

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
IBS-C (constipation predominant) 152
IBS-D (diarrhea predominant) 171
IBS-M (mixed diarrhea and constipation) 207
IBS-U (unsubtyped) 29
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,337
Not Diagnosed 455

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