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
38
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (38) abdominal bloating (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
pain (27) abdominal cramps (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Linzess)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (20) constipation (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
23
Tried for
pain (19) anxious mood (9)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
pain (22) abdominal cramps (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
depressed mood (20) pain (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
pain (19)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
anxious mood (15) depressed mood (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
depressed mood (11) anxious mood (8)
3 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 (24 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating acid reflux 2 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (38) abdominal bloating (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness burning sensation 18 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
pain (27) abdominal cramps (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Linzess)
Perceived effectiveness
for irritable bowel syndrome (14 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea abdominal bloating 11 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (20) constipation (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
tachycardia (fast heart rate) vivid dreams
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
pain (19) anxious mood (9)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation difficulty waking up 5 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (22) abdominal cramps (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (21 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle and joint pain abdominal pain 41 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
depressed mood (20) pain (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 3 more
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation constipation 2 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (19)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness nausea 1 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
anxious mood (15) depressed mood (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 9 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
depressed mood (11) anxious mood (8)
3 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?

  • 14 new patients joined this month
  • 1558 say IBS is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 30
20s 526
30s 1250
40s 1828
50s 2040
60s 1307
70+ 383
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1316
20-29 years 1036
30-39 years 843
40-49 years 486
50-59 years 195
60-69 years 28
70+ years 10

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 886
Female 6514

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
IBS-C (constipation predominant) 269
IBS-D (diarrhea predominant) 332
IBS-M (mixed diarrhea and constipation) 382
IBS-U (unsubtyped) 57
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4566
Not Diagnosed 478

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