Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a chronic, irreversible obstruction of air flow from the lungs that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and a range of other lung disorders. The two main types of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are chronic obstructive bronchitis and emphysema.

Common symptoms reported by people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
104
Tried for
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (104) cough (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Treatment name(s)

(Homozon Oxygen Therapy)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Treatment name(s)

(Spiriva HandiHaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Treatment name(s)

(Advair Diskus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Treatment name(s)

(Symbicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
Pain (23) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Treatment name(s)

(Ipratropium Inhalant)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Pain (20)

Data from patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (67 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness heart rate increased 10 more
Total evaluations
80
Tried for
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (104) cough (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (21 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain bruising 16 more
Total evaluations
26
Treatment name(s)

(Homozon Oxygen Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (30 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint nosebleeds 7 more
Total evaluations
35
Treatment name(s)

(Spiriva HandiHaler)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (27 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux asthma 10 more
Total evaluations
28
Treatment name(s)

(Advair Diskus)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (36 evaluations)
Side effects
bruise easily bruising of arms 7 more
Total evaluations
39
Treatment name(s)

(Symbicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (19 evaluations)
Side effects
breathing difficulty candida (fungal) infection 3 more
Total evaluations
20
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness balance problems 6 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
Pain (23) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (10 evaluations)
Side effects
hoarseness metallic taste in mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
11
Treatment name(s)

(Ipratropium Inhalant)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (7 evaluations)
Side effects
heart palpitations intention tremor 2 more
Total evaluations
8
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness itching 3 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
Pain (20)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 31
30s 115
40s 499
50s 1,171
60s 1,059
70+ 580
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 71
20-29 years 124
30-39 years 344
40-49 years 596
50-59 years 458
60-69 years 174
70+ years 25

Sex

Distribution of sex

78% Female
22% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,046
Not Diagnosed 88

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