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
63
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (63) diarrhea (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
pain (51) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
pain (47)
Treatment name(s)

(Linzess)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
depressed mood (37) pain (9)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
pain (30) abdominal cramps (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
pain (22) irritable bowel syndrome (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
pain (28)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
depressed mood (26) anxious mood (1)

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 (31 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating abdominal pain 5 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (63) diarrhea (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (33 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 30 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
pain (51) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation drowsiness 13 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
pain (47)
Treatment name(s)

(Linzess)
Perceived effectiveness
for irritable bowel syndrome (12 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea abdominal bloating 11 more
Total evaluations
15
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (32 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 48 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
depressed mood (37) pain (9)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation difficulty waking up 9 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (30) abdominal cramps (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness tiredness 7 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
pain (22) irritable bowel syndrome (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
gastritis heart palpitations 3 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
pain (28)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness drowsiness 7 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
anxious mood (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness apathy 7 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
depressed mood (26) anxious mood (1)
  • 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 40
20s 506
30s 1219
40s 1766
50s 1869
60s 1064
70+ 250
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1283
20-29 years 1005
30-39 years 831
40-49 years 471
50-59 years 185
60-69 years 23
70+ years 9

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 764
Female 5977

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
IBS-C (constipation predominant) 195
IBS-D (diarrhea predominant) 225
IBS-M (mixed diarrhea and constipation) 274
IBS-U (unsubtyped) 38
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4446
Not Diagnosed 463

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