POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)

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What is POTS (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 POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)

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Treatments taken by people with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)

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Type
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Treatment name(s)

(Florinef)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
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(ProAmatine)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
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(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
Insomnia (6) Pain (6)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
Pain (8) Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)

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

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
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(Tenormin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Pain (8)
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Treatment name(s)

(Jobst Compression Stockings)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
7

Data from patients with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)

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Treatment name(s)

(Florinef)
Perceived effectiveness
for POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Abdominal cramps 9 more
How many evaluations
19
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Treatment name(s)

(ProAmatine)
Perceived effectiveness
for POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Abdominal cramps Chest pain 5 more
How many evaluations
7
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Acid reflux
How many evaluations
5
Tried for
Insomnia (6) Pain (6)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 3 more
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (10)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Anger Constipation 3 more
How many evaluations
5
Tried for
Pain (8) Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Metoprolol Tartrate)
Perceived effectiveness
for POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Cold chills Cold hands 2 more
How many evaluations
3
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Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Migraine Nausea
How many evaluations
5
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Treatment name(s)

(Tenormin)
Perceived effectiveness
for POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) (3 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
3
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Dizziness/walking like I'm drunk 1 more
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (8)
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Treatment name(s)

(Jobst Compression Stockings)
Perceived effectiveness
for POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Numbness Soreness
How many evaluations
2

Data from patients with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 44
20s 171
30s 155
40s 132
50s 69
60s 37
70+ 3

Sex

Distribution of sex

93% Female
7% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 195
20-29 years 81
30-39 years 59
40-49 years 46
50-59 years 16
60-69 years 2
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 406
Not Diagnosed 66

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