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 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
63
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (63) diarrhea (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
pain (51) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
pain (46)
Treatment name(s)

(Linzess)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
depressed mood (37) pain (9)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
pain (25) irritable bowel syndrome (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
pain (28) abdominal cramps (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
pain (27)
Treatment name(s)

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

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 (31 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating abdominal pain 5 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (63) diarrhea (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (32 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 18 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
pain (51) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation drowsiness 14 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
pain (46)
Treatment name(s)

(Linzess)
Perceived effectiveness
for irritable bowel syndrome (12 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea abdominal bloating 11 more
Total evaluations
15
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (31 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 49 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
depressed mood (37) pain (9)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (20 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness tiredness 7 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
pain (25) irritable bowel syndrome (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation difficulty waking up 9 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (28) abdominal cramps (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime tiredness drowsiness 7 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
anxious mood (27) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness grogginess in morning 4 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
pain (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness apathy 7 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
depressed mood (26) anxious mood (1)
  • 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 38
20s 500
30s 1203
40s 1749
50s 1829
60s 1046
70+ 242
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1271
20-29 years 998
30-39 years 829
40-49 years 468
50-59 years 183
60-69 years 23
70+ years 9

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 735
Female 5897

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
IBS-C (constipation predominant) 180
IBS-D (diarrhea predominant) 208
IBS-M (mixed diarrhea and constipation) 252
IBS-U (unsubtyped) 37
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4410
Not Diagnosed 459

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