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
68
Tried for
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (65) cough (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Treatment name(s)

(Spiriva HandiHaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Treatment name(s)

(Advair Diskus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
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
18
Treatment name(s)

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

(Pulmicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Treatment name(s)

(Breo Ellipta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13

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 (65) cough (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (26 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 15 more
Total evaluations
30
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (24 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive dry mouth leg cramps at night 2 more
Total evaluations
27
Treatment name(s)

(Spiriva HandiHaler)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (17 evaluations)
Side effects
asthma cough 1 more
Total evaluations
18
Treatment name(s)

(Advair Diskus)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (31 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising of arms dry mouth 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)

(Symbicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (13 evaluations)
Side effects
candida (fungal) infection persistent cough or wheeze 2 more
Total evaluations
14
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
itching
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (7 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising candida (fungal) infection 9 more
Total evaluations
8
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
  • 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 125
40s 524
50s 1374
60s 1434
70+ 840
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 82
20-29 years 159
30-39 years 402
40-49 years 713
50-59 years 545
60-69 years 209
70+ years 32

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 932
Female 3442

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2844
Not Diagnosed 68

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