Bacterial overgrowth syndrome

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What is bacterial overgrowth syndrome?

Small-bowel bacterial overgrowth can occur from alterations in intestinal anatomy or gastrointestinal motility, or lack of gastric acid secretion that can lead to vitamin deficiencies, fat malabsorption, and malnutrition.

Common symptoms reported by people with bacterial overgrowth syndrome

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

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Treatments taken by people with bacterial overgrowth syndrome

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

(Xifaxan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Keflex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Morphine ER)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2

Data from patients with bacterial overgrowth syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with bacterial overgrowth syndrome

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

(Xifaxan)
Perceived effectiveness
for bacterial overgrowth syndrome (8 evaluations)
Side effects
back pain around kidneys diarrhea 2 more
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
cold sweat dizziness and feeling faint 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Keflex)
Perceived effectiveness
for bacterial overgrowth syndrome (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (3 evaluations)
Side effects
blood pooling in limbs cold sensation in feet
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
nervousness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Morphine ER)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal pain breathing difficulty 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for bacterial overgrowth syndrome (2 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation fatigue
Total evaluations
2
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with bacterial overgrowth syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has bacterial overgrowth syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 19
30s 32
40s 37
50s 26
60s 19
70+ 10
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 9
20-29 years 20
30-39 years 14
40-49 years 11
50-59 years 3
60-69 years 1
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 26
Female 119

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 73
Not Diagnosed 7

These charts show data from bacterial overgrowth syndrome patients who have completed their condition history
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