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Table 4 Number (%) of medications pre and post IBS, AP, IBD in those with no symptoms, Salford 2002-2011

From: Using read codes to identify patients with irritable bowel syndrome in general practice: a database study

  Pre IBS (n = 5367) Post IBS (n = 6062) Pre AP (n = 36670) Post AP (n = 27010) Pre IBD (n = 930) Post IBD (n = 1143)
Medications n % n % n % n % n % n %
NICE medications 1176 21.9 2974 49.1 6720 18.3 8018 29.7 191 19.9 300 26.2
Bulking laxatives 119 2.2 437 7.2 569 1.6 840 3.1 21 2.2 32 2.8
Stimulant laxatives 77 1.4 129 2.1 795 2.2 896 3.3 19 2.0 33 2.9
Faecal softeners 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0
Osmotic laxatives 93 1.7 152 2.5 571 1.6 745 2.8 13 1.4 25 2.2
Antimotility drugs 109 2.0 284 4.7 423 1.2 450 1.7 66 6.9 119 10.4
Antispasmodic drugs 533 9.9 2430 40.1 1414 3.9 3870 14.3 55 5.7 85 7.4
Tricyclic antidepressants 228 4.2 372 6.1 1647 4.5 1364 5.0 46 4.8 52 4.5
SSRI 471 8.8 680 11.2 3061 8.3 2488 9.2 59 6.1 92 8.0
Other antidepressants 55 1.0 84 1.4 472 1.3 383 1.4 8 0.8 10 0.9
  1. Medications on the same day were coded as post.
  2. Excludes lactulose which is not recommended in NICE guidelines.