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
107
Tried for
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (107) cough (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Treatment name(s)

(Spiriva HandiHaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Treatment name(s)

(Advair Diskus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Treatment name(s)

(Symbicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
pain (24) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Combivent)
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 (70 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness jittery feeling 11 more
Total evaluations
83
Tried for
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (107) 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
27
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (29 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint nosebleeds (epistaxis) 7 more
Total evaluations
34
Treatment name(s)

(Spiriva HandiHaler)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (25 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux asthma 11 more
Total evaluations
26
Treatment name(s)

(Advair Diskus)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (36 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising bruising of arms 7 more
Total evaluations
40
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 (10 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness balance problems 4 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (24) anxious mood (1)
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 (11 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising diarrhea 8 more
Total evaluations
12
Treatment name(s)

(Combivent)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (9 evaluations)
Side effects
generalized anxiety disorder increased secretions 3 more
Total evaluations
9
  • 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 33
30s 131
40s 562
50s 1,346
60s 1,238
70+ 687
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 81
20-29 years 148
30-39 years 381
40-49 years 676
50-59 years 527
60-69 years 200
70+ years 30

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 863
Female 3,169

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,650
Not Diagnosed 65

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