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IBS ECLIPSES EVERYDAY
LIFE FOR MILLIONS

35 million Americans impacted35 million Americans impacted35 million Americans impacted
2 times more common in women than men2 times more common in women than men2 times more common in women than men
Seventh most common diagnosis by primary care physiciansSeventh most common diagnosis by primary care physiciansSeventh most common diagnosis by primary care physicians
About 3 times more prevalent in patients under age 65About 3 times more prevalent in patients under age 65About 3 times more prevalent in patients under age 65
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Recurrent IBS symptoms create a constellation of issues

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IBS is characterized by recurrent abdominal pain and altered bowel habits. Symptoms negatively impact sufferers and may be unpredictable day to day.2

IBS subtypes include:1
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CRATERING HOPE: PHYSICAL IMPACT OF IBS1,2*

SEVERE AND UNPREDICTABLE SYMPTOMS
CAUSE CONSTANT STRUGGLE

Patients struggle with IBS symptoms nearly every day. Many wait until the abdominal pain is unbearable before they talk with a doctor.2

AN AVERAGE MONTH
IN THE LIFE OF AN IBS SUFFERER1

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of missed work or school

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of changed personal plans

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of reduced productivity

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A BLACK HOLE: HOW PATIENTS FEEL ABOUT IBS

IBS disrupts most aspects of their lives, including social and intimate relationships. IBS sufferers feel frustrated, self-conscious, embarrassed, and fed-up with their symptoms.1

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When surveyedIBS SUFFERERS WOULD GIVE UP THE FOLLOWING
IN EXCHANGE FOR 1 MONTH OF SYMPTOM RELIEF:6*

22% would give up internet22% would give up internet22% would give up internet
25% would give up their cell phone25% would give up their cell phone55% would give up caffeine
55% would give up caffeine55% would give up caffeine25% would give up their cell phone
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FLYING SOLO: DESPITE THE DIFFICULTIES,
PATIENTS DELAY HCP CONSULT1

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Many patients put off seeking medical treatment for their symptoms despite the pain, frustration and embarrassment.

  • For 61%, a typical first response to symptoms is to hope they go away by themselves.1
  • 8 in 10 have talked with family and friends about their symptoms, but not a HCP1

SATELLITE RESOURCES FOR IBS

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An open dialogue with patients may help reduce treatment delays and improve quality of life. The resources here are designed to help start the conversation and help with patient education and counseling.

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