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)

(System One CPAP machine)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
75
Tried for
sleep apnea disorder (75)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
anxious mood (24) sleep apnea disorder (1)
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)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
depressed mood (18) Pain (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
depressed mood (16) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
anxious mood (14)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
anxious mood (10) depressed mood (7)

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 (79 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth stuffy nose 22 more
Total evaluations
82
Tried for
sleep apnea disorder (75)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness dizziness 1 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
anxious mood (24) sleep apnea disorder (1)
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 6 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
Pain (23)
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 (18) Pain (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive impairment dizziness 4 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
Pain (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea abdominal cramps 7 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
depressed mood (16) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation loss of sex drive (libido)
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
depressed mood (16) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
bad taste in mouth constipation 2 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
anxious mood (14)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
aggressive behavior confusion
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
anxious mood (10) depressed mood (7)
  • 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 71
30s 251
40s 612
50s 795
60s 530
70+ 150
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 148
20-29 years 226
30-39 years 346
40-49 years 411
50-59 years 215
60-69 years 41
70+ years 3

Sex

Distribution of sex

69% Female
31% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,699
Not Diagnosed 102

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