Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a chronic, irreversible obstruction of air flow from the lungs that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and a range of other lung disorders. The two main types of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are chronic obstructive bronchitis and emphysema.

Common symptoms reported by people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
65
Tried for
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (62) cough (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Treatment name(s)

(Spiriva HandiHaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Treatment name(s)

(Advair Diskus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
pain (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Breo Ellipta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Treatment name(s)

(Symbicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
pain (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Combivent)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15

Data from patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Albuterol Inhaler)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (28 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness jittery feeling 8 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (62) cough (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (22 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 15 more
Total evaluations
28
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (12 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive dry mouth leg cramps at night 3 more
Total evaluations
14
Treatment name(s)

(Spiriva HandiHaler)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (16 evaluations)
Side effects
asthma cough 1 more
Total evaluations
17
Treatment name(s)

(Advair Diskus)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (31 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth bruising of arms 1 more
Total evaluations
35
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness sluggishness 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Breo Ellipta)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (7 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive dry mouth increased anxiety 1 more
Total evaluations
8
Treatment name(s)

(Symbicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (8 evaluations)
Side effects
persistent cough or wheeze racing heart feeling 1 more
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
itching
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Combivent)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (8 evaluations)
Side effects
generalized anxiety disorder increased secretions 3 more
Total evaluations
8
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 36
30s 130
40s 523
50s 1634
60s 2110
70+ 1355
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 82
20-29 years 160
30-39 years 404
40-49 years 716
50-59 years 550
60-69 years 216
70+ years 35

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1347
Female 4512

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2878
Not Diagnosed 70

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