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
99
Tried for
Insomnia (73) Pain (65)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
93
Tried for
Pain (92) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Bentyl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
73
Tried for
Depressed mood (64) Pain (6)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
Tried for
Pain (67) Depressed mood (2)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
Tried for
Pain (71) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (57) Diarrhea (8)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
Anxious mood (47) Insomnia (8)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
Insomnia (44) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
Anxious mood (44) Depressed mood (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)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (59 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Weight gain 32 more
How many evaluations
77
Tried for
Insomnia (73) Pain (65)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (39 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Nausea 31 more
How many evaluations
39
Tried for
Pain (92) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Bentyl)
Perceived effectiveness
for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Nausea 15 more
How many evaluations
30
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (32 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Dizziness 42 more
How many evaluations
59
Tried for
Depressed mood (64) Pain (6)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (40 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Drowsiness 33 more
How many evaluations
42
Tried for
Pain (67) Depressed mood (2)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (44 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Dizziness with nausea 29 more
How many evaluations
45
Tried for
Pain (71) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Perceived effectiveness
for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation
How many evaluations
22
Tried for
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (57) Diarrhea (8)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (38 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 10 more
How many evaluations
42
Tried for
Anxious mood (47) Insomnia (8)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsy in a.m. 7 more
How many evaluations
21
Tried for
Insomnia (44) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Daytime tiredness Dizziness 4 more
How many evaluations
16
Tried for
Anxious mood (44) Depressed mood (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
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 42
20s 463
30s 937
40s 1,360
50s 1,240
60s 540
70+ 86

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,039
20-29 years 835
30-39 years 678
40-49 years 364
50-59 years 142
60-69 years 13
70+ years 9

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,416
Not Diagnosed 396

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