Sleep apnea disorder

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What is sleep apnea disorder?

Sleep apnea disorders are characterized by multiple cessations of respirations during sleep that induce partial arousals and interfere with the maintenance of sleep. Sleep apnea syndromes are divided into central, obstructive, and mixed central-obstructive types.

Common symptoms reported by people with sleep apnea disorder

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, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with sleep apnea disorder

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

(ResMed S9 Elite)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
60
Tried for
sleep apnea disorder (60) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
pain (23) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
anxious mood (19) sleep apnea disorder (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
pain (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
depressed mood (16) pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
pain (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
anxious mood (14) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
depressed mood (15) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
anxious mood (13) sleep apnea disorder (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
depressed mood (9) fatigue (2)
1 more

Data from patients with sleep apnea disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with sleep apnea disorder

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

(ResMed S9 Elite)
Perceived effectiveness
for sleep apnea disorder (66 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth stuffy nose 23 more
Total evaluations
67
Tried for
sleep apnea disorder (60) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (23 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision dizziness 20 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
pain (23) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
anxious mood (19) sleep apnea disorder (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (32 evaluations)
Side effects
itching sleepiness 4 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
pain (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (21 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue breathing difficulty 12 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
depressed mood (16) pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive impairment dizziness 4 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog dizziness 8 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
anxious mood (14) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea abdominal cramps 6 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
depressed mood (15) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
anxious mood (13) sleep apnea disorder (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive sweating
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
depressed mood (9) fatigue (2)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 5
20s 73
30s 240
40s 631
50s 859
60s 603
70+ 179
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 148
20-29 years 233
30-39 years 356
40-49 years 420
50-59 years 219
60-69 years 44
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 805
Female 1,794

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,860
Not Diagnosed 107

These charts show data from sleep apnea disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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