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
45
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (45) abdominal bloating (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
pain (36) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Linzess)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
pain (31)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
depressed mood (26) pain (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
anxious mood (25)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
pain (25) abdominal cramps (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
depressed mood (14) anxious mood (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
21
Tried for
pain (17) anxious mood (8)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
depressed mood (19) anxious mood (3)
1 more

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 (26 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating acid reflux 2 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (45) abdominal bloating (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 19 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
pain (36) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Linzess)
Perceived effectiveness
for irritable bowel syndrome (14 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea abdominal bloating 11 more
Total evaluations
16
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog chronic constipation 8 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
pain (31)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness muscle and joint pain 43 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
depressed mood (26) pain (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness drowsy in morning 4 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
anxious mood (25)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation difficulty waking up 4 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
pain (25) abdominal cramps (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness cognitive confusion 5 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
depressed mood (14) anxious mood (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
tachycardia (fast heart rate) vivid dreams
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
pain (17) anxious mood (8)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood increased energy 26 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
depressed mood (19) anxious mood (3)
1 more
  • 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 39
20s 519
30s 1267
40s 1807
50s 2007
60s 1230
70+ 350
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1307
20-29 years 1022
30-39 years 839
40-49 years 479
50-59 years 191
60-69 years 26
70+ years 10

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 858
Female 6401

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
IBS-C (constipation predominant) 253
IBS-D (diarrhea predominant) 302
IBS-M (mixed diarrhea and constipation) 358
IBS-U (unsubtyped) 51
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4527
Not Diagnosed 473

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