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Get to know Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C), Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC), and Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea (IBS-D).

The Impact of IBS-D, IBS-C, and CIC

Are diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation and report symptoms like difficult or infrequent bowel movements with abdominal pain and constipation1,2

Are diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea and report symptoms like frequent loose stool, often with an urgent need to go, as well as abdominal pain4,5

Are diagnosed with Chronic Idiopathic Constipation and report abdominal discomfort, bloating, and gas pain, as well as frequent incomplete bowel movements1-3

According to the IBS in America survey*, 40% of IBS-D sufferers remain undiagnosed6

The Emotional Impact

Nearly 1/3 of IBS sufferers feel hopeless, down, or depressed because of the condition6

78% of IBS sufferers are frustrated by their symptoms6

Only 1 out of 5 CIC patients feel like they’re “in control”7

68% of IBS sufferers are embarrassed when others notice they’re in the bathroom a lot6

The Daily Impact

IBS sufferers experience disruptive symptoms, on average, 5 days a month6,8

81% of IBS sufferers avoid situations that are far away from bathrooms6

CIC sufferers have visited more than 2 different healthcare providers due
to symptoms7

65% of IBS sufferers find it difficult to plan around symptoms6

Understanding the Impact of IBS-C, CIC, and IBS-D

You don’t have to suffer on your own, so speak openly and honestly with your healthcare provider:

Here are 3 important steps that can help you move forward and manage your condition:

1. Speak up early: If you recognize any symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider as soon as possible and learn about treatment options.

2. Open up completely: Share specific examples with your healthcare provider about how your symptoms affect you on an emotional and physical level; this will help you make an informed treatment decision.

3. Reach out often: Tell your healthcare provider if your symptoms return or persist despite treatment efforts. Alternate treatment options can be considered.

Resource Links

Even if it might feel overwhelming to find out that you have a chronic gastrointestinal (GI) disorder like Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC), know that you’re not alone and a possible treatment option exists. Learning as much as you can will help you to manage your condition.

A few resources through which you can learn more:

American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)
American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD)
AboutIBS.org | AboutConstipation.org
Mayo Clinic Constipation | Irritable Bowel Syndrome
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
IBS in America Survey Summary Findings
IBS Patient

*The IBS in America Survey was commissioned by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and conducted with the financial support of Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Allergan plc. Online surveys were conducted by GfK, a leading market research company, Sept. 14 through Oct. 29, 2015. In total 3,254 IBS sufferers, both diagnosed and undiagnosed, were interviewed, as well as 302 healthcare providers who treat IBS patients – 151 primary care physicians and 151 gastroenterologists.

1. Data on file. Forest Laboratories, LLC. 2. Howden LM, Meyer JA., Age and Sex Composition: 2010. U.S. Census Bureau. May 2011. 3. Brandt LJ, Prather CM, Quigley EMM, Schiller LR, Schoenfeld P, Talley NJ. Systematic review on the management of chronic constipation in North America. Am J Gastroenterol. 2005; 100 (100): S2-S21. 4. Quick Facts. United States Census Bureau Website https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/00. Accessed January 2018. 5. Grundmann O, Yoon SL. Irritable bowel syndrome: epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment: an update for health-care practitioners. J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2010; 25(4):691-699. 6. American Gastroenterological Association. The “IBS in America” Survey. December 2015. 7. Harris, Lucinda A. Results from the Burden-CIC Study (Better Understanding and Recognition of the Disconnects, Experiences, and Needs of Patients with Chronic Idiopathic Constipation). Journal of Gastroenterology. 2017. 8. Lacy B., et al. Bowel Disorders. Gastroenterology. 2016; 150: 1393-1407.