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
57
Tried for
sleep apnea disorder (57) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
pain (22) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
anxious mood (18) sleep apnea disorder (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
depressed mood (15) pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
depressed mood (16) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
pain (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
pain (15)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (12) depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

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

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 (59 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth stuffy nose 20 more
Total evaluations
60
Tried for
sleep apnea disorder (57) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision drowsiness 20 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (22) 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 (18) sleep apnea disorder (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
breathing difficulty chest pain 12 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
depressed mood (15) pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea weight gain 6 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
depressed mood (16) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (32 evaluations)
Side effects
itching sleepiness 4 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
pain (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive impairment dizziness 4 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (15)
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)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth somnolence 2 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
pain (12) depressed mood (3)
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)
  • 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 6
20s 72
30s 248
40s 621
50s 876
60s 611
70+ 186
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 149
20-29 years 233
30-39 years 357
40-49 years 424
50-59 years 219
60-69 years 44
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 812
Female 1816

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1881
Not Diagnosed 108

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