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 for asthma

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
245
Tried for
asthma (93)
Treatment name(s)

(Prednisone Intensol)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2451
Tried for
asthma (55)
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1920
Tried for
asthma (33)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1073
Tried for
asthma (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Asmanex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
345
Tried for
asthma (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Xopenex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
499
Tried for
asthma (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Singulair)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
405
Tried for
asthma (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Nasacort AQ)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
483
Tried for
asthma (2)

Data from patients with asthma, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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 (40 evaluations)
Side effects
shakiness tachycardia (fast heart rate) 16 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
asthma (93)
Treatment name(s)

(Prednisone Intensol)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (25 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain depressed mood 24 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
asthma (55)
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (18 evaluations)
Side effects
bad taste in mouth heart flutters 4 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
asthma (33)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (9 evaluations)
Side effects
candida (fungal) infection
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
asthma (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Asmanex)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (9 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth restlessness (akathisia) 1 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
asthma (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Xopenex)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (3 evaluations)
Side effects
shaky hands tachycardia (fast heart rate)
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
asthma (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Singulair)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
asthma (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Nasacort AQ)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
asthma (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with asthma, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has asthma on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 15 new patients joined this month
  • 3133 say asthma is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 108
20s 711
30s 1535
40s 1993
50s 2090
60s 1394
70+ 457
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2400
20-29 years 651
30-39 years 498
40-49 years 386
50-59 years 148
60-69 years 38
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1632
Female 6698

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5286
Not Diagnosed 150

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