Obstructive sleep apnea

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What is obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep apnea caused by obstruction of the airway. It is characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. These episodes, called apneas, each last long enough that one or more breaths are missed.

Common symptoms reported by people with obstructive sleep apnea

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 obstructive sleep apnea

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(ResMed S9 Elite)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
42
Tried for
obstructive sleep apnea (42) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
pain (11) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
pain (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
fatigue (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
fatigue (7) obstructive sleep apnea (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
depressed mood (7) anxious mood (1)

Data from patients with obstructive sleep apnea, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with obstructive sleep apnea

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(ResMed S9 Elite)
Perceived effectiveness
for obstructive sleep apnea (39 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches breathing difficulty 15 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
obstructive sleep apnea (42) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness lightheadedness 5 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
pain (11) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation cognitive confusion 1 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (5 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood wakefulness
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
fatigue (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness slowed thinking
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness panic attacks 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (9 evaluations)
Side effects
disorientation feeling of insides shaking 4 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
fatigue (7) obstructive sleep apnea (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
depressed mood (7) anxious mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with obstructive sleep apnea, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has obstructive sleep apnea on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 5
20s 23
30s 145
40s 347
50s 486
60s 395
70+ 121
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 73
20-29 years 131
30-39 years 226
40-49 years 228
50-59 years 120
60-69 years 17
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 500
Female 1027

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1120
Not Diagnosed 17

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