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
132
Tried for
asthma (128) shortness of breath (dyspnea) (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
75
Tried for
asthma (74) cough (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
asthma (48) chest tightness (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Breo Ellipta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
asthma (47) wheezing (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
pain (38) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
pain (33)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
pain (26)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
asthma (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
anxious mood (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Dulera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
asthma (22) cough (1)

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 (79 evaluations)
Side effects
shakiness jittery feeling 20 more
Total evaluations
85
Tried for
asthma (128) shortness of breath (dyspnea) (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (37 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain irritability 35 more
Total evaluations
46
Tried for
asthma (74) cough (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (28 evaluations)
Side effects
bad taste in mouth blood in mucus (nose and throat) 10 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
asthma (48) chest tightness (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Breo Ellipta)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (29 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth mouth sores (ulcers) 3 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
asthma (47) wheezing (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 19 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
pain (38) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation itching 11 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
pain (33)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 5 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (26)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (10 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising candida (fungal) infection 8 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
asthma (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness tiredness
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
anxious mood (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Dulera)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (13 evaluations)
Side effects
candida (fungal) infection thrush 5 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
asthma (22) cough (1)
  • 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?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 130
20s 777
30s 1553
40s 2019
50s 2000
60s 1247
70+ 354
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2382
20-29 years 645
30-39 years 492
40-49 years 382
50-59 years 146
60-69 years 36
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1589
Female 6532

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5223
Not Diagnosed 150

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