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

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Treatments taken by people with irritable bowel syndrome

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Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
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Treatment name(s)

(Bentyl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
76
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (76) Diarrhea (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
75
Tried for
Insomnia (54) Pain (48)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
75
Tried for
Pain (75) Insomnia (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
Tried for
Pain (65) Anxious mood (2)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
Depressed mood (44) Pain (6)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
Anxious mood (45) Insomnia (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (44) Diarrhea (9)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
Insomnia (43) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
Pain (43) Anxious mood (1)
1 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 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

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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Bentyl)
Perceived effectiveness
for irritable bowel syndrome (34 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Abdominal pain 9 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (76) Diarrhea (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (58 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sleepiness 24 more
Total evaluations
79
Tried for
Insomnia (54) Pain (48)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (37 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Nausea 24 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
Pain (75) Insomnia (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (40 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Dizziness 25 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
Pain (65) Anxious mood (2)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (34 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Dizziness 31 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
Depressed mood (44) Pain (6)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (43 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Tiredness 11 more
Total evaluations
46
Tried for
Anxious mood (45) Insomnia (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Perceived effectiveness
for irritable bowel syndrome (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Fear of constipation (Coprastasophobia)
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (44) Diarrhea (9)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Dissociation 7 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
Insomnia (43) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Abdominal bloating 10 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
Pain (43) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Constipation 10 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
Pain (35) Insomnia (2)
1 more
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  • 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 34
20s 477
30s 1,044
40s 1,583
50s 1,557
60s 753
70+ 146
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,195
20-29 years 932
30-39 years 780
40-49 years 429
50-59 years 168
60-69 years 18
70+ years 10

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
IBS-C (constipation predominant) 63
IBS-D (diarrhea predominant) 66
IBS-M (mixed diarrhea and constipation) 89
IBS-U (unsubtyped) 7
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,870
Not Diagnosed 436

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