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)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
117
Tried for
Pain (116) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
103
Tried for
Insomnia (76) Pain (67)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
Depressed mood (70) Anxious mood (8)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
76
Tried for
Pain (75) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Bentyl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
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
60
Tried for
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (59) Diarrhea (6)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
Insomnia (48) Depressed mood (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
Pain (50) Abdominal bloating (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
Anxious mood (41) Insomnia (7)
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 (52 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 32 more
How many evaluations
54
Tried for
Pain (116) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (53 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Weight gain 33 more
How many evaluations
69
Tried for
Insomnia (76) Pain (67)
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
67
Tried for
Depressed mood (70) Anxious mood (8)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Nausea and vomiting 24 more
How many evaluations
49
Tried for
Pain (75) 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
28
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (35 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 25 more
How many evaluations
38
Tried for
Pain (69) Depressed mood (2)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Perceived effectiveness
for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Diarrhea
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (59) Diarrhea (6)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 6 more
How many evaluations
20
Tried for
Insomnia (48) Depressed mood (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Weight gain 31 more
How many evaluations
28
Tried for
Pain (50) Abdominal bloating (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (35 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Daytime sleepiness 10 more
How many evaluations
37
Tried for
Anxious mood (41) Insomnia (7)
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 405
30s 883
40s 1,251
50s 1,088
60s 446
70+ 62

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

90% Females
10% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 929
20-29 years 762
30-39 years 601
40-49 years 325
50-59 years 133
60-69 years 13
70+ years 7

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,080
Not Diagnosed 361

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