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

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Treatments taken by people for irritable bowel syndrome

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

(Bentyl)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
731
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Levsin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
397
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Metamucil)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
774
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Questran)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
151
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Generlac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
270
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1046
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (2)

Data from patients with irritable bowel syndrome, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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 (14 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Levsin)
Perceived effectiveness
for irritable bowel syndrome (3 evaluations)
Side effects
intestinal cramps
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Metamucil)
Perceived effectiveness
for irritable bowel syndrome (2 evaluations)
Side effects
gagging (throat spasm) vomiting
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Questran)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Generlac)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Perceived effectiveness
for irritable bowel syndrome (1 evaluation)
Side effects
slow transit constipation
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with irritable bowel syndrome, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has irritable bowel syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 6 new patients joined this month
  • 1697 say IBS is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 14
20s 407
30s 1152
40s 1755
50s 2132
60s 1606
70+ 602
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1319
20-29 years 1036
30-39 years 847
40-49 years 490
50-59 years 201
60-69 years 35
70+ years 10

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 954
Female 6754

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
IBS-C (constipation predominant) 306
IBS-D (diarrhea predominant) 370
IBS-M (mixed diarrhea and constipation) 418
IBS-U (unsubtyped) 63
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4601
Not Diagnosed 478

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