Orthostatic hypotension

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What is orthostatic hypotension?

Orthostatic hypotension, also called postural hypotension, is a form of low blood pressure that happens when standing up from a sitting or lying down position. Orthostatic hypotension can cause dizziness or lightheadedness, and may result in fainting.

Common symptoms reported by people with orthostatic hypotension

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 orthostatic hypotension

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

(ProAmatine)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
orthostatic hypotension (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Florinef)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
orthostatic hypotension (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
fatigue (3) orthostatic hypotension (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)

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

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

(ProAmatine)
Perceived effectiveness
for orthostatic hypotension (9 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue goosebumps 8 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
orthostatic hypotension (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Florinef)
Perceived effectiveness
for orthostatic hypotension (5 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea tachycardia (fast heart rate)
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
orthostatic hypotension (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness balance problems 6 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 3 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood increased anxiety 2 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
cognitive confusion
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive confusion drowsiness 2 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
Pain (4) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (6 evaluations)
Side effects
loss of appetite overly talkative (talk too much) 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
fatigue (3) orthostatic hypotension (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Spinal Chiropractic Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
nerve pain (neuralgia) pain in hips
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (3)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 24
30s 49
40s 46
50s 47
60s 49
70+ 29
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 37
20-29 years 23
30-39 years 16
40-49 years 18
50-59 years 18
60-69 years 17
70+ years 6

Sex

Distribution of sex

71% Female
29% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 137
Not Diagnosed 21

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