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
121
Tried for
asthma (117) shortness of breath (dyspnea) (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
Tried for
asthma (64) pain (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
asthma (45) chest tightness (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Breo Ellipta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
asthma (46) wheezing (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
pain (36) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
pain (31)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
pain (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
anxious mood (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
asthma (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
depressed mood (18) anxious mood (2)
1 more

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 (64 evaluations)
Side effects
shakiness jittery feeling 16 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
asthma (117) shortness of breath (dyspnea) (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (30 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain irritability 32 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
asthma (64) pain (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (26 evaluations)
Side effects
bad taste in mouth blood in mucus (nose and throat) 9 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
asthma (45) 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 (46) wheezing (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 18 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
pain (36) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
itching nausea 9 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
pain (31)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 5 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness tiredness
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
anxious mood (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (12 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising candida (fungal) infection 8 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
asthma (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood weight gain 4 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
depressed mood (18) anxious mood (2)
1 more
  • 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
<20 125
20s 772
30s 1556
40s 2010
50s 2035
60s 1280
70+ 375
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2390
20-29 years 646
30-39 years 495
40-49 years 385
50-59 years 147
60-69 years 36
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1604
Female 6593

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5251
Not Diagnosed 150

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