What is BiPAP?

Category: Equipment

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Generic name: Non-invasive Ventilator

BiPAP® (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure) is an electronic breathing device used in the treatment of sleep apnoea, lung disease, and to treat respiratory weakness. Also known as NIPPV, use of the device overnight improves quality of sleep, daytime sleepiness, and may improve thinking ability.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 66 9
Breathing difficulty 50 9
Fatigue 13 2
General health 10 3
Insomnia 8 2
Obstructive Sleep Apnea 8 3

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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
Severe 2
Moderate 6
Mild 13
None 14

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with BiPAP

Side effect Patients
Difficulty sleeping through night 2
Dry mouth 2
Abdominal wind pain 1
Aerophagia (aerophagy) 1
Allergies 1
Breathing difficulty 1

Show all 20 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using BiPAP

Dosage Patients
8 hr daily 5
6 hr daily 3
10 hr daily 3
24 hr daily 2
1 hr daily 1
3 hr daily 1
5 hr daily 1
7 hr daily 1
10.25 hr daily 1
14 hr daily 1

See all 11 dosages

Why patients stopped taking BiPAP

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 15
Course of treatment ended 6
Doctor's advice 5
Did not seem to work 3
Side effects too severe 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 33 patients who’ve stopped using BiPAP

Duration

Currently using BiPAP

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 3

Stopped using BiPAP

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 25
Usually 6
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 13
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 13
Not specified 20
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11 patient evaluations for BiPAP

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Zippo
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Zippo
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See Zippo's full BiPAP history

Mar 20, 2017 (Started Sep 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Sleep Apnea Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Difficulty sleeping through night, Dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 5 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: I've had a hard time getting used to this machine. I wake up more often than before starting the bi-pap. The recommended settings were too much for me to get use to. Lowering them makes it easier for me, but I am having too many apnea episodes, avg 20+/hr down from 48.8/hr. I've yet to see the benefit from this treatment.

  • 0 helpful marks
Tommy Maker
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Tommy Maker
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See Tommy Maker's full BiPAP history

Aug 31, 2016 (Started Jan 02, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Shortness of breath with little or minimal activity (ie standing))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Difficult to move or walk)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 10 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: Of I'm going out I try to stay on the bipap as long as possible on previous days to store up energy.  Free on NHS 
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 27, 2016 (Started Jan 02, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Shortness of breath with little or minimal activity (ie standing))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Difficult to move or walk)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 10 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: I now use for 20 hours.mits certainly rough but it is worth the effort in terms of energy
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 22, 2013 (Started Jan 02, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I'm new to this device. I've had it for a year but I've only just started to use it on a regular basis. I try to put 3 to 4 hours into each day. I do this because at times I feel a slight breathlessness and also because my voice appears weak. It also appears to raise my energy levels.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
jockamo
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jockamo
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See jockamo's full BiPAP history

Jul 19, 2015 (Started Jul 22, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Breathing difficulty)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: listen to your doctor and use the bpap asap

  • 0 helpful marks
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