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
60
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (60) diarrhea (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Tried for
pain (46) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
pain (44)
Treatment name(s)

(Linzess)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
depressed mood (35) pain (9)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
pain (21) irritable bowel syndrome (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
anxious mood (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
depressed mood (26) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
pain (26)

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 (32 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating abdominal pain 5 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (60) diarrhea (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 28 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
pain (46) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation drowsiness 11 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (44)
Treatment name(s)

(Linzess)
Perceived effectiveness
for irritable bowel syndrome (13 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea abdominal bloating 11 more
Total evaluations
16
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (29 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 48 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
depressed mood (35) pain (9)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation difficulty waking up 8 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (29) abdominal cramps (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness tiredness 7 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
pain (21) irritable bowel syndrome (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness drowsiness 7 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
anxious mood (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness apathy 6 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
depressed mood (26) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
gastritis stomach irritation if not enough food in stomach 1 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
pain (26)
  • 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?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 40
20s 520
30s 1233
40s 1788
50s 1903
60s 1116
70+ 289
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1289
20-29 years 1009
30-39 years 834
40-49 years 471
50-59 years 187
60-69 years 24
70+ years 10

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 795
Female 6128

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
IBS-C (constipation predominant) 221
IBS-D (diarrhea predominant) 248
IBS-M (mixed diarrhea and constipation) 301
IBS-U (unsubtyped) 44
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4469
Not Diagnosed 466

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