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
70
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (70) diarrhea (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
66
Tried for
pain (59) anxious mood (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Tried for
pain (54)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
depressed mood (44) pain (8)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Linzess)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
pain (32) irritable bowel syndrome (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
depressed mood (32) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
anxious mood (31) stress (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
pain (31)
Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (29) diarrhea (6)
1 more

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 (32 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating abdominal pain 7 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (70) diarrhea (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (36 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 21 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
pain (59) anxious mood (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (29 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation nausea 20 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
pain (54)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (32 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 56 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
depressed mood (44) pain (8)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Linzess)
Perceived effectiveness
for irritable bowel syndrome (13 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea abdominal bloating 5 more
Total evaluations
18
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (29 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain sleepiness 9 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
pain (32) irritable bowel syndrome (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 7 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
depressed mood (32) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness drowsiness 5 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
anxious mood (31) stress (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 4 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
pain (31)
Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Perceived effectiveness
for irritable bowel syndrome (11 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation fear of constipation (coprastasophobia)
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (29) diarrhea (6)
1 more
  • 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 41
20s 501
30s 1,170
40s 1,713
50s 1,763
60s 965
70+ 201
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,249
20-29 years 977
30-39 years 814
40-49 years 461
50-59 years 178
60-69 years 21
70+ years 9

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 683
Female 5,688

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
IBS-C (constipation predominant) 137
IBS-D (diarrhea predominant) 158
IBS-M (mixed diarrhea and constipation) 185
IBS-U (unsubtyped) 29
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,295
Not Diagnosed 454

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