Asthma

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What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease manifested as difficulty breathing due to the narrowing of bronchial passageways which may be accompanied by wheezing, coughing, and a sense of constriction in the chest.

Common symptoms reported by people with asthma

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 asthma

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

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
192
Tried for
asthma (191) shortness of breath (dyspnea) (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
118
Tried for
asthma (117) cough (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
75
Tried for
asthma (74) chest tightness (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Tried for
pain (62)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
pain (49) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
asthma (38)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
pain (38)
Treatment name(s)

(Breo Ellipta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
asthma (37) wheezing (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
pain (35) asthma (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
depressed mood (32) pain (9)
2 more

Data from patients with asthma, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with asthma

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

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (125 evaluations)
Side effects
shakiness jittery feeling 25 more
Total evaluations
132
Tried for
asthma (191) shortness of breath (dyspnea) (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (53 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain fluid retention (edema) 47 more
Total evaluations
65
Tried for
asthma (117) cough (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (35 evaluations)
Side effects
bad taste in mouth blood in mucus (nose and throat) 11 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
asthma (74) chest tightness (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (29 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness chronic constipation 24 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
pain (62)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 29 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
pain (49) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (19 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth bruising 9 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
asthma (38)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 7 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
pain (38)
Treatment name(s)

(Breo Ellipta)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (18 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth muscle spasms 1 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
asthma (37) wheezing (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 15 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
pain (35) asthma (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (39 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches nausea 47 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
depressed mood (32) pain (9)
2 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 140
20s 835
30s 1,524
40s 1,985
50s 1,866
60s 1,093
70+ 260
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,313
20-29 years 621
30-39 years 489
40-49 years 375
50-59 years 142
60-69 years 34
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,514
Female 6,227

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,054
Not Diagnosed 148

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