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Table 5 Number (%) of medications pre and post IBS, AP, IBD in those with symptoms, Salford 2002-2011

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

  Pre IBS (n = 2361) Post IBS (n = 1603) Pre AP (n = 3304) Post AP (n = 10841) Pre IBD (n = 406) Post IBD (n = 239)
Medications n % n % n % n % n % n %
NICE medications 1181 50.0 1103 68.8 1466 44.4 5314 49.0 189 46.6 135 56.5
Bulking laxatives 169 7.2 192 12.0 185 5.6 721 6.7 19 4.7 18 7.5
Stimulant laxatives 127 5.4 118 7.4 311 9.4 792 7.3 17 4.2 26 10.9
Faecal softeners 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0
Osmotic laxatives 123 5.2 137 8.5 274 8.3 805 7.4 14 3.4 25 10.5
Antimotility drugs 137 5.8 145 9.0 304 9.2 529 4.9 66 16.3 50 20.9
Antispasmodic drugs 795 33.7 967 60.3 476 14.4 3165 29.2 102 25.1 64 26.8
Tricyclic antidepressants 169 7.2 181 11.3 277 8.4 857 7.9 20 4.9 26 10.9
SSRI 337 14.3 277 17.3 469 14.2 1467 13.5 42 10.3 37 15.5
Other antidepressants 69 2.9 63 3.9 82 2.5 277 2.6 4 1.0 5 2.1
  1. Medications on the same day were coded as post.
  2. Excludes lactulose which is not recommended in NICE guidelines.