What is Oxygen therapy?

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See also: Exercise with oxygen therapy

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 2846 350
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2421 88
Pulmonary hypertension 212 53
Interstitial lung disease 168 35
Sleep apnea disorder 121 21

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 2
Moderate 34
Mild 78
None 431

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 5
Dry mouth at night 3
Dry nasal passages 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxygen therapy

Dosage Patients Percentage
as needed 10
2Liter(s)perminute as needed 5
3 L/min all the time (24/7) 5
4 L/min all the time (24/7) 5
2 L/min all the time (24/7) 4
2 L/min daily 3
2 L daily 2
1 L/min all the time (24/7) 2
3Liter(s)perminute as needed 2
2 mL daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Oxygen therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 26
Other 24
Doctor's advice 16
Did not seem to work 7
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
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 26
5 - 10 years 25
10 years or more 4

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 5
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 353
Usually 119
Sometimes 58
Never taken as prescribed 15
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 52
Somewhat hard to take 147
A little hard to take 158
Not at all hard to take 188
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 8
$100-199 16
$50-99 16
$25-49 29
< $25 200
Not specified 276

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxygen therapy after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 5
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 4
Azathioprine (Imuran) 2
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 2
Pirfenidone (Esbriet) 2

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Patients stopped taking Oxygen therapy and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 2
Amoxicillin (Amoxil) 1
Bilateral Lung Transplant 1
Breathing exercises (such as respiratory therapy or using a meter) 1
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 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

  • 0 helpful marks

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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