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
88
Tried for
Insomnia (65) Pain (57)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
80
Tried for
Pain (79) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Bentyl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
70
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
70
Tried for
Pain (64) Anxious mood (2)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
59
Tried for
Depressed mood (52) Pain (6)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
Pain (48) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (46) Diarrhea (10)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
Anxious mood (42) Insomnia (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
Insomnia (41) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
Pain (35) Insomnia (2)
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 (65 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sleepiness 34 more
How many evaluations
86
Tried for
Insomnia (65) Pain (57)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (39 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Nausea 23 more
How many evaluations
41
Tried for
Pain (79) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Bentyl)
Perceived effectiveness
for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (26 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Abdominal pain 8 more
How many evaluations
28
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (42 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Dizziness 31 more
How many evaluations
51
Tried for
Pain (64) Anxious mood (2)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (39 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Drowsiness 43 more
How many evaluations
63
Tried for
Depressed mood (53) Pain (6)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Dizziness with nausea 17 more
How many evaluations
25
Tried for
Pain (47) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Perceived effectiveness
for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (31 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation
How many evaluations
33
Tried for
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (46) Diarrhea (10)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (39 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 11 more
How many evaluations
42
Tried for
Anxious mood (42) Insomnia (4)
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 (41) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Fatigue 12 more
How many evaluations
20
Tried for
Pain (35) Insomnia (2)
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 34
20s 457
30s 990
40s 1,468
50s 1,384
60s 655
70+ 112

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,140
20-29 years 883
30-39 years 730
40-49 years 382
50-59 years 150
60-69 years 14
70+ years 9

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,665
Not Diagnosed 419

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