What is Oxygen therapy?

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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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis 1083 336
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 141 70
Pulmonary hypertension 118 53
Interstitial lung disease 73 34
Sleep apnea disorder 40 20

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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 2
Moderate 30
Mild 75
None 403

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxygen therapy

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dry mouth 11
Nosebleeds (epistaxis) 10
Runny nose (rhinorrhea) 7
Sore nose 4
Dry nasal passages 3
Burning sensation 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxygen therapy

Dosage Patients Percentage
as needed 26
2 L/min all the time (24/7) 12
3 L/min all the time (24/7) 9
4 L/min all the time (24/7) 9
2 L/min daily 5
2Liter(s)perminute as needed 5
5 L/min all the time (24/7) 5
1 L/min all the time (24/7) 3
2 L daily 2
2.5 L/min daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Oxygen therapy

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Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 24
Other 22
Doctor's advice 15
Did not seem to work 6
Expense 5
Personal research 4
Change in health plan coverage 3
Side effects too severe 1
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Duration

Currently taking Oxygen therapy

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 52
5 - 10 years 41
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Oxygen therapy

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 20
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 323
Usually 114
Sometimes 58
Never taken as prescribed 15
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 48
Somewhat hard to take 136
A little hard to take 154
Not at all hard to take 172
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 8
$100-199 14
$50-99 16
$25-49 27
< $25 188
Not specified 257

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxygen therapy after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 4
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 3
Azathioprine (Imuran) 2
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 2
Prednisone (Deltasone) 2

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Patients stopped taking Oxygen therapy and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Amoxicillin (Amoxil) 1
Bilateral Lung Transplant 1
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 1
Nintedanib (Ofev) 1
Sildenafil (Viagra) 1

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11 patient evaluations for Oxygen therapy

Sep 27, 2018 (Started Jan 12, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 2 L/min Daily

Jun 27, 2018 (Started Jan 12, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 2 L/min Daily

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Feb 28, 2017 (Started Aug 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for decreased diaphragm strength)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 2, 2016 (Started Aug 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for decreased diaphragm strength)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 % Daily
Advice & Tips: Adding Oxygen enhances my breathing using the Bi-PAP
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Sep 30, 2016 (Started Aug 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 L/min All the time (24/7)
Advice & Tips: lately I've been able to decrease my use of oxygen to occasional.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 25, 2016 (Started Aug 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 L/min All the time (24/7)
Advice & Tips: no problems to report!
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 2, 2014 (Started Aug 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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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