Lactose intolerance

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What is lactose intolerance?

Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, which is a type of sugar found in milk and other dairy products.

Common symptoms reported by people with lactose intolerance

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 lactose intolerance

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

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Essential Oils)
Type
Other
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (2)
2 more

Data from patients with lactose intolerance, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with lactose intolerance

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Essential Oils)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (2)
2 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with lactose intolerance, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has lactose intolerance on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 0 new patients joined this month
  • 75 say lactose intolerance is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 5
20s 58
30s 97
40s 107
50s 90
60s 51
70+ 15
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 116
20-29 years 52
30-39 years 49
40-49 years 25
50-59 years 9
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 89
Female 336

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 219
Not Diagnosed 95

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