Lactose intolerance

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What is lactose intolerance?

Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, which is a type of sugar found in milk and other dairy products.

Common symptoms reported by people with lactose intolerance

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 lactose intolerance

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

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Anxious mood (7) Insomnia (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Insomnia (6) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (4) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Depressed mood (4) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lactaid)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
lactose intolerance (4)

Data from patients with lactose intolerance, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with lactose intolerance

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

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sleepiness
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Anxious mood (7) Insomnia (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Acute hearing Body Tingling 2 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Insomnia (6) Anxious mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Stomach pain Upset stomach
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Fatigue 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (4) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Drowsiness 4 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Rapid tooth decay Rapid weight gain 3 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Cold sweat Dizziness and feeling faint 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Depressed mood (4) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Abdominal bloating Abdominal cramps 3 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lactaid)
Perceived effectiveness
for lactose intolerance (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Diarrhea
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
lactose intolerance (4)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 4
20s 61
30s 79
40s 93
50s 68
60s 34
70+ 7
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 106
20-29 years 48
30-39 years 43
40-49 years 21
50-59 years 7
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

78% Female
22% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 187
Not Diagnosed 88

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