What is CPAP machine?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: ResMed S9 Elite System One CPAP machine 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 328 227
Obstructive sleep apnea 253 160
Central sleep apnea 13 11
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 13 8
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 15
Moderate 44
Mild 155
None 216

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with CPAP machine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dry mouth 27
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
8 hr daily 33
7 hr daily 14
6 hr daily 12
5 hr daily 7
10 hr daily 5
9 hr daily 4
4 hr daily 3
12 hr daily 2
daily 2
3.5 hr 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 22
Doctor's advice 17
Course of treatment ended 8
Expense 7
Personal research 4
Change in health plan coverage 3
See all 98 patients who've stopped using CPAP machine

Duration

Currently using CPAP machine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 26
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 26

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 33
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 322
Usually 69
Sometimes 30
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 43
Somewhat hard to take 128
A little hard to take 148
Not at all hard to take 111
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 12
$50-99 11
$25-49 22
< $25 167
Not specified 217

What people switch to and from

Patients started using CPAP machine after stopping:

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

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

Aug 13, 2016 (Started Apr 28, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for obstructive sleep apnea)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 8 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: I have had to get use to using my CPAP! But it has been well worth it! I have more energy and do get as sleepy during the day!

  • 0 helpful marks
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