Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome

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What is postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome?

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome is a condition of orthostatic intolerance, in which a change from the supine position to an upright position causes an abnormally large increase in heart rate, called tachycardia.

Common symptoms reported by people with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome

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 postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome

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

(Florinef)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Treatment name(s)

(ProAmatine)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
Pain (8) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Treatment name(s)

(Tenormin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Pain (7)

Data from patients with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome

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

(Florinef)
Perceived effectiveness
for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (11 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain abdominal cramps 9 more
Total evaluations
16
Treatment name(s)

(ProAmatine)
Perceived effectiveness
for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (8 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal cramps head pressure 4 more
Total evaluations
8
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (6 evaluations)
Side effects
alcohol intolerance hypotension 4 more
Total evaluations
7
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain acid reflux 3 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
Pain (8) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain excessive appetite
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Perceived effectiveness
for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (5 evaluations)
Side effects
hypotension cold chills 4 more
Total evaluations
5
Treatment name(s)

(Tenormin)
Perceived effectiveness
for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (6 evaluations)
Side effects
heart rate increased high blood pressure (hypertension) 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation nausea
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Pain (7)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 42
20s 215
30s 214
40s 173
50s 97
60s 51
70+ 4
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 226
20-29 years 95
30-39 years 73
40-49 years 57
50-59 years 20
60-69 years 3
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

92% Female
8% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 478
Not Diagnosed 73

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