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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) 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
180
Tried for
asthma (179) Shortness of breath (dyspnea) (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
137
Tried for
asthma (137) Cough (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
73
Tried for
asthma (71) Chest tightness (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
70
Tried for
Pain (70)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
Pain (45) Anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
Insomnia (27) Pain (27)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flonase Nasal Spray)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
asthma (41) Cough (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
Insomnia (39) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

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 (109 evaluations)
Side effects
Jittery feeling Shakiness 26 more
Total evaluations
116
Tried for
asthma (179) Shortness of breath (dyspnea) (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (60 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Edema (fluid retention) 58 more
Total evaluations
75
Tried for
asthma (137) Cough (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (33 evaluations)
Side effects
glaucoma Bad taste in mouth 9 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
asthma (71) 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 (70)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (28 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dizziness 27 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
Pain (45) Anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (29 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Excessive dry mouth 25 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
Insomnia (27) Pain (27)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flonase Nasal Spray)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry nose Nasal sores 3 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
asthma (41) Cough (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (31 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Anxious mood 44 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
Pain (38) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Drowsiness 8 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
Insomnia (39) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth atrial tachycardia 11 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
asthma (38)
  • 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 828
30s 1,409
40s 1,857
50s 1,690
60s 949
70+ 206
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,256
20-29 years 610
30-39 years 477
40-49 years 365
50-59 years 136
60-69 years 34
70+ years 5

Sex

Distribution of sex

80% Female
20% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,655
Not Diagnosed 144

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