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 327 218
Obstructive sleep apnea 248 153
Central sleep apnea 14 12
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
Severe 15
Moderate 44
Mild 144
None 210

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with CPAP machine

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 27
Awakening due to cumbersome equipment 9
Uncomfortable 9
Dry mouth at night 8
Difficulty staying asleep 7
Dry nasal passages 7

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using CPAP machine

Dosage Patients
8 hr daily 54
6 hr daily 25
7 hr daily 22
9 hr daily 10
10 hr daily 9
5 hr daily 8
4 hr daily 5
12 hr daily 3
7.5 hr daily 2
daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking CPAP machine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 45
Did not seem to work 37
Side effects too severe 24
Doctor's advice 16
Course of treatment ended 7
Expense 7
Personal research 4
Change in health plan coverage 3
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Duration

Currently using CPAP machine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 27
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 44
5 - 10 years 54
10 years or more 36

Stopped using CPAP machine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 13
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 31
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 302
Usually 71
Sometimes 30
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 45
Somewhat hard to take 126
A little hard to take 138
Not at all hard to take 104
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 12
$50-99 10
$25-49 21
< $25 161
Not specified 207
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28 patient evaluations for CPAP machine

Apr 27, 2017 (Started Nov 12, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sleep apnea disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 9 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: Now that I have started Medical Marijuana and lost 25 lbs., I no longer feel the need for the C-Pap Machine. If in a few months I feel fatigued I may once again start it back up.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 20, 2017 (Started Nov 12, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sleep apnea disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 9 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: After using for a period of time I have learned to adjust for humidity and I have now gotten to a consistent 7 plus hours a night. I feel this helps my airways stay clear and may even help with any swallowing problems I may have had in the past. I do have more endurance since the inception of this machine and my AHI is a good average of 6 with many readings of 5 or lower, especially if I am able to get a nap in during the day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 29, 2016 (Started Nov 12, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sleep apnea disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dryness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 9 hr Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 12, 2016 (Started Nov 12, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sleep apnea disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 9 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: Better night sleep, more energy during the day.
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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