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
69
Tried for
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (66) cough (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Treatment name(s)

(Spiriva HandiHaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Treatment name(s)

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
pain (18)
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 (30 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness jittery feeling 10 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (66) cough (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (24 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain agitation 17 more
Total evaluations
29
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (15 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive dry mouth leg cramps at night 3 more
Total evaluations
17
Treatment name(s)

(Spiriva HandiHaler)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (15 evaluations)
Side effects
asthma cough 1 more
Total evaluations
16
Treatment name(s)

(Advair Diskus)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (17 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising of arms coughing while drinking 1 more
Total evaluations
21
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness sluggishness 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (18)
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 (9 evaluations)
Side effects
persistent cough or wheeze racing heart feeling 1 more
Total evaluations
10
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 (10 evaluations)
Side effects
generalized anxiety disorder increased secretions 4 more
Total evaluations
10
  • 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 34
30s 134
40s 563
50s 2042
60s 3165
70+ 2181
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 82
20-29 years 161
30-39 years 405
40-49 years 719
50-59 years 557
60-69 years 222
70+ years 39

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2094
Female 6135

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2908
Not Diagnosed 70

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