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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) 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)

(System One CPAP machine)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
67
Tried for
obstructive sleep apnea (67)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
Pain (11) Anxious mood (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
Pain (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
Pain (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
Depressed mood (11) Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
Anxious mood (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
Pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Insomnia (8) Pain (5)
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)

(System One CPAP machine)
Perceived effectiveness
for obstructive sleep apnea (64 evaluations)
Side effects
Breathing difficulty Headaches 19 more
Total evaluations
64
Tried for
obstructive sleep apnea (67)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Aphasia 8 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
Pain (11) Anxious mood (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic constipation Cognitive confusion 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Pain (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Allergic reaction Constipation 5 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
Pain (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Diarrhea 4 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
Depressed mood (11) Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Anxious mood (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Drowsiness 9 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
Pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 5 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
Insomnia (8) Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Cognitive confusion Daytime sleepiness 2 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Anxious mood (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Tired and weak next day
Total evaluations
5
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 27
30s 108
40s 303
50s 376
60s 257
70+ 54
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 73
20-29 years 116
30-39 years 206
40-49 years 194
50-59 years 104
60-69 years 15
70+ years 3

Sex

Distribution of sex

69% Female
31% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 908
Not Diagnosed 14

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