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
131
Tried for
asthma (127) shortness of breath (dyspnea) (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
asthma (76) pain (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Tried for
asthma (50) 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
44
Tried for
pain (39) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
pain (35)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
asthma (25)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
pain (25)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
anxious mood (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
depressed mood (18) anxious mood (7)

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 (76 evaluations)
Side effects
shakiness jittery feeling 20 more
Total evaluations
82
Tried for
asthma (127) shortness of breath (dyspnea) (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (37 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain irritability 36 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
asthma (76) pain (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (29 evaluations)
Side effects
bad taste in mouth blood in mucus (nose and throat) 10 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
asthma (50) chest tightness (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Breo Ellipta)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (27 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth mouth sores (ulcers) 3 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
asthma (46) wheezing (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 19 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
pain (39) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation dizziness 11 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
pain (35)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (10 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising candida (fungal) infection 8 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
asthma (25)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 5 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (25)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness tiredness
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
anxious mood (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation daytime sleepiness 9 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
depressed mood (18) anxious mood (7)
  • 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
<20 128
20s 780
30s 1552
40s 2028
50s 1978
60s 1220
70+ 348
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2372
20-29 years 643
30-39 years 491
40-49 years 381
50-59 years 145
60-69 years 36
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1578
Female 6498

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5210
Not Diagnosed 148

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