Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

We’re all in this for good.

By sharing your stories and data, you will:
  • help each other live better and uncover the best ways to manage your health today
  • help researchers shorten the path to new treatments tomorrow

How much good can your data do? A whole lot, as co-founder Jamie Heywood explains in this video.

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.
Last updated:

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
54
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Treatment name(s)

(Spiriva HandiHaler)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Treatment name(s)

(Advair Diskus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
pain (17)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Symbicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Treatment name(s)

(Combivent)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10

Data from patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
Last updated:

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 (26 evaluations)
Side effects
heart palpitations jittery feeling 8 more
Total evaluations
27
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (22 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation anxious mood 15 more
Total evaluations
26
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (13 evaluations)
Side effects
nasal sores nosebleeds (epistaxis)
Total evaluations
14
Treatment name(s)

(Spiriva HandiHaler)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (8 evaluations)
Side effects
asthma cough 1 more
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)

(Advair Diskus)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (19 evaluations)
Side effects
coughing while drinking dry mouth
Total evaluations
23
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness sluggishness 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (17)
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)

(Combivent)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (8 evaluations)
Side effects
generalized anxiety disorder increased secretions 3 more
Total evaluations
8
Treatment name(s)

(Pulmicort)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (7 evaluations)
Side effects
candida (fungal) infection diarrhea 1 more
Total evaluations
7
  • 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.
Last updated:

Who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 4 new patients joined this month
  • 5804 say COPD is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 32
30s 129
40s 543
50s 2012
60s 3160
70+ 2257
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 82
20-29 years 161
30-39 years 404
40-49 years 719
50-59 years 559
60-69 years 224
70+ years 39

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2096
Female 6146

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2910
Not Diagnosed 70

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