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
67
Tried for
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (64) cough (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Treatment name(s)

(Spiriva HandiHaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Treatment name(s)

(Advair Diskus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Treatment name(s)

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

(Symbicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Treatment name(s)

(Breo Ellipta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
pain (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
pain (14)

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 (32 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness shakiness 8 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (64) cough (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (25 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 15 more
Total evaluations
29
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (22 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive dry mouth leg cramps at night 2 more
Total evaluations
24
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 (30 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising of arms dry mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
34
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)

(Symbicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (11 evaluations)
Side effects
persistent cough or wheeze racing heart feeling 1 more
Total evaluations
12
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)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
itching
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
itching
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (14)
  • 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 35
30s 128
40s 513
50s 1376
60s 1443
70+ 869
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 82
20-29 years 160
30-39 years 402
40-49 years 714
50-59 years 545
60-69 years 212
70+ years 32

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 944
Female 3462

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2855
Not Diagnosed 68

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