Asthma

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What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease manifested as difficulty breathing due to the narrowing of bronchial passageways which may be accompanied by wheezing, coughing, and a sense of constriction in the chest.

Common symptoms reported by people with asthma

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 asthma

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
asthma (94) shortness of breath (dyspnea) (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
asthma (57) pain (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Breo Ellipta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
asthma (42) wheezing (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
asthma (37) chest tightness (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
pain (30) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
anxious mood (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
pain (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
17
Tried for
pain (15) anxious mood (8)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Dulera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
asthma (17)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (45 evaluations)
Side effects
shakiness tachycardia (fast heart rate) 17 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
asthma (94) shortness of breath (dyspnea) (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (25 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood irritability 32 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
asthma (57) pain (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Breo Ellipta)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (28 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth mouth sores (ulcers) 1 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
asthma (42) wheezing (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (21 evaluations)
Side effects
bad taste in mouth blood in mucus (nose and throat) 6 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
asthma (37) chest tightness (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue difficulty sleeping when on full dose 14 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (30) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 2 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
anxious mood (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
itching nausea 5 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
pain (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
pain (15) anxious mood (8)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Dulera)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (10 evaluations)
Side effects
tachycardia (fast heart rate) thrush
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
asthma (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation difficulty urinating (dysuria) 4 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
pain (17)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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

  • 10 new patients joined this month
  • 3123 say asthma is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 118
20s 733
30s 1533
40s 2031
50s 2055
60s 1345
70+ 430
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2394
20-29 years 649
30-39 years 495
40-49 years 386
50-59 years 148
60-69 years 38
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1622
Female 6665

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5268
Not Diagnosed 150

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