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
46
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (46) abdominal bloating (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
pain (37) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Linzess)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
pain (35)
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)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
pain (17) irritable bowel syndrome (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (20) diarrhea (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
depressed mood (20) 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 (26 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating acid reflux 2 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (46) abdominal bloating (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 21 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
pain (37) anxious mood (3)
2 more
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)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation brain fog 11 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (35)
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 5 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
anxious mood (25)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation difficulty waking up 4 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (25) abdominal cramps (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness weight gain 6 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (17) irritable bowel syndrome (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Imodium)
Perceived effectiveness
for irritable bowel syndrome (14 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation fatigue 2 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
irritable bowel syndrome (20) diarrhea (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
apathy drowsiness 4 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
depressed mood (20) 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 528
30s 1251
40s 1792
50s 1965
60s 1162
70+ 332
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1301
20-29 years 1013
30-39 years 839
40-49 years 473
50-59 years 188
60-69 years 24
70+ years 10

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 834
Female 6273

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
IBS-C (constipation predominant) 239
IBS-D (diarrhea predominant) 279
IBS-M (mixed diarrhea and constipation) 335
IBS-U (unsubtyped) 48
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4489
Not Diagnosed 470

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