Sleep apnea disorder

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What is sleep apnea disorder?

Sleep apnea disorders are characterized by multiple cessations of respirations during sleep that induce partial arousals and interfere with the maintenance of sleep. Sleep apnea syndromes are divided into central, obstructive, and mixed central-obstructive types.

Common symptoms reported by people with sleep apnea disorder

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 sleep apnea disorder

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

(System One CPAP machine)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
35
Tried for
sleep apnea disorder (35)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
18
Tried for
sleep apnea disorder (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
anxious mood (15) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
pain (14) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
depressed mood (11) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
depressed mood (10)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
anxious mood (8) depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
anxious mood (9)

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

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

(System One CPAP machine)
Perceived effectiveness
for sleep apnea disorder (24 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth awkwardness 9 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
sleep apnea disorder (35)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for sleep apnea disorder (10 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth dry nasal passages 6 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
sleep apnea disorder (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog daytime tiredness 7 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
anxious mood (15) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
balance problems drowsiness 4 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (14) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
breathing difficulty chest pain 5 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
depressed mood (11) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
gastrointestinal bleeding stomach discomfort
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (34 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness projectile vomiting
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
itchy skin nausea 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (10)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (8) depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
anxious mood (9)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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

  • 2 new patients joined this month
  • 404 say sleep apnea disorder is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 5
20s 59
30s 239
40s 595
50s 902
60s 721
70+ 265
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 152
20-29 years 242
30-39 years 368
40-49 years 429
50-59 years 236
60-69 years 53
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 869
Female 1924

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1956
Not Diagnosed 110

These charts show data from sleep apnea disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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