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
187
Tried for
asthma (186) shortness of breath (dyspnea) (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
139
Tried for
asthma (139) cough (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
asthma (72) chest tightness (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
Pain (68)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
Pain (43) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
Pain (38) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
asthma (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Flonase Nasal Spray)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
asthma (39) cough (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
Pain (36)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
anxious mood (34)

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 (113 evaluations)
Side effects
jittery feeling shakiness 26 more
Total evaluations
120
Tried for
asthma (186) shortness of breath (dyspnea) (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (59 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain edema (fluid retention) 58 more
Total evaluations
74
Tried for
asthma (139) cough (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (34 evaluations)
Side effects
glaucoma bad taste in mouth 10 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
asthma (72) chest tightness (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (32 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness chronic constipation 24 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
Pain (68)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (28 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 30 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
Pain (43) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (32 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 44 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
Pain (38) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (20 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth bruise easily 10 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
asthma (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Flonase Nasal Spray)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (12 evaluations)
Side effects
dry nose nasal sores 3 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
asthma (39) cough (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation sleepiness 7 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
Pain (36)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (30 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness addiction 10 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
anxious mood (34)
  • 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
<20 147
20s 832
30s 1,459
40s 1,908
50s 1,739
60s 992
70+ 223
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,269
20-29 years 614
30-39 years 483
40-49 years 368
50-59 years 137
60-69 years 34
70+ years 5

Sex

Distribution of sex

80% Female
20% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,681
Not Diagnosed 143

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