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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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
6
Tried for
anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (2) pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

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

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (2)
1 more

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 (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
feeling of heart pounding insomnia 2 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (2) pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain upset stomach
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 (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
irritable bowel syndrome
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 4 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (2)
1 more
  • 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 2
20s 66
30s 90
40s 95
50s 83
60s 35
70+ 10
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 108
20-29 years 49
30-39 years 47
40-49 years 23
50-59 years 8
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 77
Female 306

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 204
Not Diagnosed 90

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