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
96
Tried for
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (95) cough (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Treatment name(s)

(Spiriva HandiHaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Treatment name(s)

(Advair Diskus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Treatment name(s)

(Symbicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Treatment name(s)

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

(Pulmicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Treatment name(s)

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

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
pain (17)

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 (61 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness shakiness 11 more
Total evaluations
67
Tried for
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (95) cough (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (22 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain bruising 16 more
Total evaluations
28
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (25 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint dry mouth 4 more
Total evaluations
30
Treatment name(s)

(Spiriva HandiHaler)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (21 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux asthma 6 more
Total evaluations
22
Treatment name(s)

(Advair Diskus)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (33 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising of arms dry mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
37
Treatment name(s)

(Symbicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (13 evaluations)
Side effects
breathing difficulty candida (fungal) infection 3 more
Total evaluations
14
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness balance problems 4 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (8 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising candida (fungal) infection 9 more
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)

(Flovent HFA)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (8 evaluations)
Side effects
metallic taste in mouth nosebleeds (epistaxis)
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
itching
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (17)
  • 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 133
40s 575
50s 1374
60s 1342
70+ 754
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 83
20-29 years 157
30-39 years 398
40-49 years 707
50-59 years 540
60-69 years 204
70+ years 32

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 903
Female 3345

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2802
Not Diagnosed 66

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