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
160
Tried for
asthma (157) shortness of breath (dyspnea) (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
91
Tried for
asthma (90) cough (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
asthma (63) chest tightness (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
pain (50)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
pain (42) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Breo Ellipta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
asthma (45) wheezing (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
asthma (31)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
depressed mood (27) pain (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Dulera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
asthma (29) 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 (92 evaluations)
Side effects
shakiness jittery feeling 23 more
Total evaluations
99
Tried for
asthma (157) shortness of breath (dyspnea) (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (46 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain irritability 42 more
Total evaluations
58
Tried for
asthma (90) cough (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (33 evaluations)
Side effects
bad taste in mouth blood in mucus (nose and throat) 12 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
asthma (63) chest tightness (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation itching 13 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (50)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 20 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (42) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Breo Ellipta)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (25 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth mouth sores (ulcers) 3 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
asthma (45) wheezing (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (11 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising candida (fungal) infection 8 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
asthma (31)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 7 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (31)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (32 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal pain bipolar depressive episodes 40 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
depressed mood (27) pain (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Dulera)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (24 evaluations)
Side effects
candida (fungal) infection thrush 6 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
asthma (29) 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
<20 140
20s 813
30s 1537
40s 2038
50s 1965
60s 1196
70+ 319
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2374
20-29 years 640
30-39 years 495
40-49 years 387
50-59 years 147
60-69 years 36
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1568
Female 6481

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5220
Not Diagnosed 148

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