Cystic fibrosis

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What is cystic fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is a rare genetic condition in which certain glands produce abnormally thick mucus. This mucus can cause problems in digestion, breathing, and body cooling. There are over 1900 known mutations that can cause CF. Treatments may include specific drugs and lifestyle changes.

Common symptoms reported by people with cystic fibrosis

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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with cystic fibrosis

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

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
cystic fibrosis (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmozyme)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
cystic fibrosis (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Kalydeco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
cystic fibrosis (5)
Treatment name(s)

(TOBI)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
cystic fibrosis (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Zithromax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
cystic fibrosis (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cayston)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
cystic fibrosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
cystic fibrosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
cystic fibrosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(MucoClear)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
cystic fibrosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Creon)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
cystic fibrosis (3)

Data from patients with cystic fibrosis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with cystic fibrosis

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

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Jittery feeling
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
cystic fibrosis (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmozyme)
Perceived effectiveness
for cystic fibrosis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Hemoptysis Sore throat
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
cystic fibrosis (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Kalydeco)
Perceived effectiveness
for cystic fibrosis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Headaches Tiredness increased
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
cystic fibrosis (5)
Treatment name(s)

(TOBI)
Perceived effectiveness
for cystic fibrosis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
cystic fibrosis (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Zithromax)
Perceived effectiveness
for cystic fibrosis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
cystic fibrosis (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cayston)
Perceived effectiveness
for cystic fibrosis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
cystic fibrosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
cystic fibrosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
cystic fibrosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(MucoClear)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
cystic fibrosis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Creon)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
cystic fibrosis (3)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 194
20s 346
30s 278
40s 157
50s 105
60s 26
70+ 6
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 491
20-29 years 10
30-39 years 6
40-49 years 5
50-59 years 1
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

68% Female
32% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 714
Not Diagnosed 21

These charts show data from cystic fibrosis patients who have completed their condition history
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