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
162
Tried for
asthma (159) shortness of breath (dyspnea) (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
94
Tried for
asthma (93) cough (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
66
Tried for
asthma (65) chest tightness (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Tried for
pain (54)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
pain (41) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Breo Ellipta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
asthma (44) wheezing (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
asthma (33)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
pain (33)
Treatment name(s)

(Dulera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
asthma (30) cough (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
pain (29) asthma (1)

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 (100 evaluations)
Side effects
shakiness jittery feeling 23 more
Total evaluations
107
Tried for
asthma (159) shortness of breath (dyspnea) (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (46 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain fluid retention (edema) 43 more
Total evaluations
58
Tried for
asthma (93) cough (2)
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) 12 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
asthma (65) chest tightness (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (26 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation dizziness 15 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
pain (54)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 20 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (41) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Breo Ellipta)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (23 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth mouth sores (ulcers) 3 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
asthma (44) wheezing (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (11 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising candida (fungal) infection 8 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
asthma (33)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 7 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (33)
Treatment name(s)

(Dulera)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (24 evaluations)
Side effects
candida (fungal) infection thrush 6 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
asthma (30) cough (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (20 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood drowsiness 5 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (29) asthma (1)
  • 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
<20 137
20s 829
30s 1519
40s 2048
50s 1933
60s 1177
70+ 307
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2367
20-29 years 637
30-39 years 495
40-49 years 386
50-59 years 146
60-69 years 35
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1556
Female 6433

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5203
Not Diagnosed 147

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