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
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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
115
Tried for
Pain (114) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
103
Tried for
Insomnia (76) Pain (68)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
80
Tried for
Depressed mood (70) Anxious mood (8)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Bentyl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
76
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
75
Tried for
Pain (74) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
71
Tried for
Pain (68) Depressed mood (2)
3 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) (56) Diarrhea (7)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
Anxious mood (45) Insomnia (6)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Tried for
Pain (51) Abdominal bloating (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
Insomnia (47) Depressed mood (3)
2 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 36 more
How many evaluations
54
Tried for
Pain (114) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (54 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Rapid weight gain 34 more
How many evaluations
72
Tried for
Insomnia (76) Pain (68)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (39 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Weight gain 43 more
How many evaluations
64
Tried for
Depressed mood (70) Anxious mood (8)
3 more
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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)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (46 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Nausea and vomiting 24 more
How many evaluations
47
Tried for
Pain (74) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (33 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 25 more
How many evaluations
36
Tried for
Pain (68) Depressed mood (2)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Perceived effectiveness
for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Diarrhea
How many evaluations
18
Tried for
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (56) Diarrhea (7)
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
40
Tried for
Anxious mood (45) Insomnia (6)
1 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 (51) Abdominal bloating (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 6 more
How many evaluations
18
Tried for
Insomnia (47) Depressed mood (3)
2 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 426
30s 895
40s 1,275
50s 1,110
60s 468
70+ 64

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 954
20-29 years 774
30-39 years 610
40-49 years 330
50-59 years 135
60-69 years 12
70+ years 7

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,146
Not Diagnosed 366

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