Obstructive sleep apnea

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What is obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep apnea caused by obstruction of the airway. It is characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. These episodes, called apneas, each last long enough that one or more breaths are missed.

Common symptoms reported by people with obstructive sleep apnea

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 obstructive sleep apnea

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

(ResMed S9 Elite)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
54
Tried for
obstructive sleep apnea (54) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
pain (18) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
pain (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
anxious mood (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
depressed mood (12) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
pain (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
anxious mood (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
anxious mood (8) pain (1)

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

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

(ResMed S9 Elite)
Perceived effectiveness
for obstructive sleep apnea (60 evaluations)
Side effects
breathing difficulty dry mouth 17 more
Total evaluations
60
Tried for
obstructive sleep apnea (54) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness anxious mood 11 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
pain (18) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
allergic reaction constipation 5 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
pain (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
anxious mood (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood breathing difficulty 8 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
depressed mood (12) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness panic attacks 3 more
Total evaluations
6
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness brain fog 9 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
pain (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation cognitive confusion 1 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness slowed thinking
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
anxious mood (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime tiredness tired and weak next day
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (8) pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 5
20s 22
30s 129
40s 327
50s 444
60s 312
70+ 67
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 74
20-29 years 120
30-39 years 217
40-49 years 207
50-59 years 115
60-69 years 15
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 413
Female 896

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,033
Not Diagnosed 15

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