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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Type
How many have tried
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
84
Tried for
Insomnia (62) Pain (55)
4 more
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(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
Pain (77) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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(Bentyl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
Tried for
Pain (66) 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)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
Pain (47) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (47) Diarrhea (10)
2 more
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
Anxious mood (43) Insomnia (4)
1 more
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(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
Insomnia (42) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Pain (34) 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 (63 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sleepiness 28 more
How many evaluations
83
Tried for
Insomnia (62) Pain (55)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (40 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 23 more
How many evaluations
43
Tried for
Pain (77) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Bentyl)
Perceived effectiveness
for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (30 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Abdominal pain 8 more
How many evaluations
32
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (43 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Dizziness 33 more
How many evaluations
53
Tried for
Pain (66) Anxious mood (2)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (37 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Dry mouth 37 more
How many evaluations
59
Tried for
Depressed mood (52) Pain (6)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Dizziness with nausea 15 more
How many evaluations
24
Tried for
Pain (47) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Perceived effectiveness
for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (34 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation
How many evaluations
36
Tried for
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) (47) Diarrhea (10)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (41 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 11 more
How many evaluations
44
Tried for
Anxious mood (43) 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 (42) Depressed mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Constipation 10 more
How many evaluations
20
Tried for
Pain (34) 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 462
30s 1,014
40s 1,519
50s 1,457
60s 690
70+ 124

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,162
20-29 years 905
30-39 years 757
40-49 years 409
50-59 years 161
60-69 years 17
70+ years 9

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
IBS-C (constipation predominant) 32
IBS-D (diarrhea predominant) 26
IBS-M (mixed diarrhea and constipation) 29
IBS-U (unsubtyped) 4
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,766
Not Diagnosed 429

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