What is CPAP machine?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: System One CPAP machine ResMed S9 Elite Weirman Bilevel ST 22

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Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) delivers air into your airway through a specially designed nasal mask or pillows. The flow of air creates enough pressure when you inhale to keep your airway open. CPAP is considered the most effective nonsurgical treatment for snoring and sleep apnea.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Sleep apnea disorder 793 237
Obstructive sleep apnea 495 170
Central sleep apnea 49 11
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 16 9
General health 9 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 16
Moderate 46
Mild 163
None 228

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with CPAP machine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dry mouth 28
Dry mouth at night 10
Awakening due to cumbersome equipment 9
Headaches 9
Uncomfortable 9
Difficulty staying asleep 7

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using CPAP machine

Dosage Patients Percentage
6 hr daily 15
8 hr daily 14
7 hr daily 10
10 hr daily 5
4 hr daily 3
5 hr daily 3
9 hr daily 3
12 hr daily 2
3 hr every other week 1
2 other daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking CPAP machine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 46
Did not seem to work 36
Side effects too severe 23
Doctor's advice 19
Course of treatment ended 8
Expense 7
Personal research 4
Change in health plan coverage 3
See all 101 patients who've stopped using CPAP machine

Duration

Currently using CPAP machine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 23

Stopped using CPAP machine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 12
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 34
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 342
Usually 70
Sometimes 31
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 43
Somewhat hard to take 132
A little hard to take 159
Not at all hard to take 119
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 12
$50-99 12
$25-49 22
< $25 173
Not specified 233

What people switch to and from

Patients started using CPAP machine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 1
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28 patient evaluations for CPAP machine

Apr 3, 2020 (Started Dec 28, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sleep apnea)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Side effects
    Mild (rash on face)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 hr Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 19, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for obstructive sleep apnea)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: CPAP Continuous Positive Airway Pressure work well for my Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 24, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for obstructive sleep apnea)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 1, 2014 (Started Jul 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for obstructive sleep apnea)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 8 hr Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 27, 2016 (Started Apr 27, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sleep apnea disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 10 hr Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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