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
165
Tried for
asthma (163) shortness of breath (dyspnea) (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
103
Tried for
asthma (102) cough (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
Tried for
asthma (66) chest tightness (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
pain (53)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Tried for
pain (46) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Breo Ellipta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
asthma (41) wheezing (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
asthma (35)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
pain (34)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
pain (32) asthma (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flonase Nasal Spray)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
asthma (30) cough (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 (111 evaluations)
Side effects
shakiness jittery feeling 25 more
Total evaluations
118
Tried for
asthma (163) shortness of breath (dyspnea) (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (48 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain fluid retention (edema) 46 more
Total evaluations
60
Tried for
asthma (102) 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) 12 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
asthma (66) chest tightness (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness chronic constipation 20 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
pain (53)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (26 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 32 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
pain (46) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Breo Ellipta)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (22 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth mouth sores (ulcers) 3 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
asthma (41) wheezing (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (13 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth bruising 8 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
asthma (35)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 7 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (34)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 12 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
pain (32) asthma (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flonase Nasal Spray)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (9 evaluations)
Side effects
dry nose dry nasal passages 3 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
asthma (30) cough (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
<20 132
20s 820
30s 1523
40s 2028
50s 1913
60s 1149
70+ 290
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2345
20-29 years 630
30-39 years 493
40-49 years 383
50-59 years 147
60-69 years 35
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1531
Female 6362

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5155
Not Diagnosed 148

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