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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) 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
97
Tried for
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (97) Cough (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Treatment name(s)

(Homozon Oxygen Therapy)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Treatment name(s)

(Spiriva HandiHaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Treatment name(s)

(Advair Diskus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Treatment name(s)

(Symbicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
Pain (21) Anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Treatment name(s)

(Ipratropium Inhalant)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18

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 (65 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Heart rate increased 10 more
Total evaluations
78
Tried for
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (97) Cough (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Bruising 18 more
Total evaluations
28
Treatment name(s)

(Homozon Oxygen Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (28 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness and feeling faint Chronic headaches 7 more
Total evaluations
33
Treatment name(s)

(Spiriva HandiHaler)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (28 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux asthma 11 more
Total evaluations
29
Treatment name(s)

(Advair Diskus)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (35 evaluations)
Side effects
Bruise easily Bruising of arms 7 more
Total evaluations
37
Treatment name(s)

(Symbicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Breathing difficulty candida (fungal) infection 3 more
Total evaluations
21
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Balance problems 7 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
Pain (21) Anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Hoarseness Metallic taste in mouth
Total evaluations
11
Treatment name(s)

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

(Pulmicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Bruise easily Diarrhea 8 more
Total evaluations
10
  • 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 27
30s 80
40s 396
50s 981
60s 958
70+ 530
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 58
20-29 years 90
30-39 years 253
40-49 years 466
50-59 years 369
60-69 years 146
70+ years 23

Sex

Distribution of sex

77% Female
23% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,694
Not Diagnosed 70

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