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
118
Tried for
asthma (114) shortness of breath (dyspnea) (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
65
Tried for
asthma (62) pain (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Breo Ellipta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
asthma (44) wheezing (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
pain (33) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
pain (29)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
pain (22)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
pain (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Spiriva HandiHaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
asthma (21) chest tightness (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 (63 evaluations)
Side effects
jittery feeling tachycardia (fast heart rate) 17 more
Total evaluations
68
Tried for
asthma (114) shortness of breath (dyspnea) (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (27 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain depressed mood 33 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
asthma (62) pain (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (27 evaluations)
Side effects
bad taste in mouth blood in mucus (nose and throat) 8 more
Total evaluations
28
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) 2 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
asthma (44) wheezing (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue difficulty sleeping when on full dose 17 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (33) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
itching nausea 9 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
pain (29)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 5 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (22)
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)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 2 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Spiriva HandiHaler)
Perceived effectiveness
for asthma (7 evaluations)
Side effects
asthma cough 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
asthma (21) chest tightness (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
<20 121
20s 760
30s 1545
40s 2027
50s 2044
60s 1318
70+ 389
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2389
20-29 years 647
30-39 years 495
40-49 years 386
50-59 years 147
60-69 years 37
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1613
Female 6633

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5254
Not Diagnosed 150

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