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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) 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)

(System One CPAP machine)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
76
Tried for
sleep apnea disorder (76)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
Anxious mood (26) Insomnia (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
Pain (21) Anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
Pain (23) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
Insomnia (17) sleep apnea disorder (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
Insomnia (13) Pain (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
Depressed mood (15) Pain (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
Pain (13) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
Depressed mood (14) Anxious mood (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)

(System One CPAP machine)
Perceived effectiveness
for sleep apnea disorder (77 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Stuffy nose 21 more
Total evaluations
80
Tried for
sleep apnea disorder (76)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (32 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 5 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
Anxious mood (26) Insomnia (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Blurry vision Dizziness 18 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
Pain (21) Anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (33 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Allergic reaction 7 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
Pain (23) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Hangover effect Drowsiness 6 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
Insomnia (17) sleep apnea disorder (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Cognitive impairment Dizziness 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Pain (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Increased appetite Increased pain 4 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
Insomnia (13) Pain (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Fatigue 8 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
Depressed mood (15) Pain (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Blurry vision Constant hunger 7 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
Pain (13) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constant brain fog 5 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
Depressed mood (14) Anxious mood (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 74
30s 241
40s 589
50s 766
60s 508
70+ 145
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 147
20-29 years 227
30-39 years 339
40-49 years 403
50-59 years 212
60-69 years 42
70+ years 3

Sex

Distribution of sex

69% Female
31% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,678
Not Diagnosed 102

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