Narcotic bowel syndrome

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What is narcotic bowel syndrome?

Narcotic bowel syndrome is characterized as a group of symptoms due to the use of opioids, including constipation; dry, hard stools; straining; and incomplete evacuation. Preventative measure can be taken to minimize the symptoms such as an increase in fiber in the diet and laxative use.

Common symptoms reported by people with narcotic 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 narcotic bowel syndrome

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

(Movantik)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
narcotic bowel syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Mylan-Baclofen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Subutex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Suboxone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)

Data from patients with narcotic bowel syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with narcotic bowel syndrome

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

(Movantik)
Perceived effectiveness
for narcotic bowel syndrome (1 evaluation)
Side effects
diarrhea
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
narcotic bowel syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
suicidal thoughts or urges
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Mylan-Baclofen)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Suboxone)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
anxious mood postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome 1 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 5
30s 10
40s 22
50s 20
60s 20
70+ 9
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 3
30-39 years 9
40-49 years 2
50-59 years 6
60-69 years 2
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 23
Female 63

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 22
Not Diagnosed 5

These charts show data from narcotic bowel syndrome patients who have completed their condition history
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