What is Oxygen Therapy?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Oxygen Concentrator

Oxygen therapy is used to treat emphysema, pneumonia, some heart disorders, and any disease that impairs the body's ability to take up and use gaseous oxygen.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

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Severe
0
Moderate
7
Mild
7
None
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Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Oxygen Therapy

Hospitalization 7
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Hospitalization 3
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Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Oxygen Therapy)
Dosage Patients
as needed 215
2 L/min all the time (24/7) 131
3 L/min all the time (24/7) 95
4 L/min all the time (24/7) 75
1 L/min all the time (24/7) 27
5 L/min all the time (24/7) 26
2 L daily 26
2 mL daily 19
6 L/min all the time (24/7) 17
2 L/min daily 15
Why Patients Stopped Taking Oxygen Therapy (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 19
Not indicated 13
Other 11
Doctor's advice 7
Expense 3
Personal research 3
Did not seem to work 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Side effects too severe 1
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Duration

Currently Taking Oxygen Therapy
Duration Patients
0-1 month 11
1-3 months 26
3-6 months 51
6 months-1 year 54
1-2 years 109
2 years or more 51
Stopped Taking Oxygen Therapy
Duration Patients
0-1 month 13
1-3 months 3
3-6 months 5
6 months-1 year 7
1-2 years 7
2 years or more 9
Adherence
Always
56 69%
Usually
14 17%
Sometimes
10 12%
Never
1 1%
Burden
Very
13 16%
Somewhat
15 19%
A little
33 41%
Not at all
20 25%
Cost per month
$200+
3 8%
$100-199
3 8%
$50-99
5 13%
$25-49
5 13%
< $25
22 58%
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7 patient evaluations for Oxygen Therapy

thjuland
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thjuland
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: mild
I am: g
I have:
MS

See thjuland's full Oxygen Therapy history

Jul 2, 2014 (Started Aug 11, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease): Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1 L/min All the time (24/7)
Advice & Tips: Using the oxygen tanks (when I'm mobile) has eliminated all incidences of passing out. Without the tanks, my oxygen levels sometimes drops to a low of 60, without passing out. This is a major improvement, because two years ago I as passing out whenever my level fell to 85%.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Wayne Lampe
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Wayne Lampe
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

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Dec 15, 2012 (Started Oct 08, 2007)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Sleep Apnea Disorder: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 2 mL Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Dry mouth (xerostomia)

Jan 1, 2012 (Started Oct 08, 2007)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Sleep Apnea Disorder: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: As needed
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: Dry mouth (xerostomia)

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jim0425
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jim0425
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
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Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

See jim0425's full Oxygen Therapy history

Aug 9, 2011 (Started Jul 10, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Pulmonary fibrosis: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: They increased Oxygen from 2-3 liter pulse flow to 4-5 liters continuous flow during exertion. The prescription change required changing to Liquid Oxygen. And that delivery system is worth the extra effort of filling tanks. Liquid O2 is more a convenient home delivery. They refill or swap out large cylinders when needed. Now instead of using my portable concentrator and their gas cylinders, I use 1 or 2 small units that each last 4.3 hours on 4 liters or 3.4 hours on 5 liters. I can order a 25 pound storage unit for my car if I need it. I will order it for my next delivery.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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