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
97
Tried for
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (96) cough (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
59
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Treatment name(s)

(Spiriva HandiHaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Treatment name(s)

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

(Symbicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
pain (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
pain (17)

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 (68 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness shakiness 13 more
Total evaluations
75
Tried for
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (96) cough (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (22 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain bruising 16 more
Total evaluations
28
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (25 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint dry mouth 4 more
Total evaluations
30
Treatment name(s)

(Spiriva HandiHaler)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (20 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux asthma 6 more
Total evaluations
21
Treatment name(s)

(Advair Diskus)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (35 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising bruising of arms 6 more
Total evaluations
39
Treatment name(s)

(Symbicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (14 evaluations)
Side effects
breathing difficulty candida (fungal) infection 3 more
Total evaluations
15
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness balance problems 5 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
pain (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (11 evaluations)
Side effects
hoarseness metallic taste in mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
12
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (7 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising diarrhea 8 more
Total evaluations
8
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
itching
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (17)
  • 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 35
30s 132
40s 570
50s 1,358
60s 1,297
70+ 722
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 81
20-29 years 154
30-39 years 387
40-49 years 687
50-59 years 535
60-69 years 203
70+ years 31

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 885
Female 3,263

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,729
Not Diagnosed 65

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