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
92
Tried for
Insomnia (68) Pain (63)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
85
Tried for
Pain (84) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Bentyl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
73
Tried for
Pain (68) Fatigue (2)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
Depressed mood (56) Pain (7)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
Pain (51) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
51
Tried for
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (50) Diarrhea (9)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
Anxious mood (42) Insomnia (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
Insomnia (44) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
Anxious mood (43) Depressed mood (1)
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 (60 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sleepiness 34 more
How many evaluations
79
Tried for
Insomnia (68) Pain (63)
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 (84) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Bentyl)
Perceived effectiveness
for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 9 more
How many evaluations
29
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (40 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dizziness 31 more
How many evaluations
47
Tried for
Pain (68) Fatigue (2)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (39 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Dry mouth 44 more
How many evaluations
64
Tried for
Depressed mood (56) Pain (7)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (26 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Dizziness with nausea 14 more
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
Pain (51) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Perceived effectiveness
for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (50) Diarrhea (9)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (39 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 10 more
How many evaluations
42
Tried for
Anxious mood (42) Insomnia (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) Sleepiness 13 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Insomnia (44) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Blurry vision Daytime tiredness 6 more
How many evaluations
17
Tried for
Anxious mood (43) Depressed mood (1)
1 more

Data from patients with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 32
20s 454
30s 984
40s 1,417
50s 1,335
60s 616
70+ 104

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,106
20-29 years 876
30-39 years 716
40-49 years 379
50-59 years 146
60-69 years 13
70+ years 9

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,597
Not Diagnosed 412

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