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)

(ResMed S9 Elite)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
47
Tried for
sleep apnea disorder (47)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
anxious mood (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
depressed mood (13) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
depressed mood (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
pain (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
depressed mood (8) fatigue (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (11)

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)

(ResMed S9 Elite)
Perceived effectiveness
for sleep apnea disorder (36 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth awkwardness 16 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
sleep apnea disorder (47)
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)
Perceived effectiveness
for sleep apnea disorder (7 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth facial pain 2 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
sleep apnea disorder (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness anxious mood 4 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (14) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
anxious mood (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
breathing difficulty chest pain 5 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
depressed mood (13) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime sleepiness itchy skin 2 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
depressed mood (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
gastrointestinal bleeding stomach discomfort
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
pain (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive sweating
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
depressed mood (8) fatigue (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive impairment dizziness 4 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
pain (11)
  • 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?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 5
20s 66
30s 242
40s 601
50s 890
60s 676
70+ 230
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 149
20-29 years 238
30-39 years 364
40-49 years 426
50-59 years 227
60-69 years 49
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 845
Female 1871

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1921
Not Diagnosed 109

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