What is Oxygen Therapy?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Oxygen Concentrator

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.

Purpose
Patients
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Oxygen Therapy

Severe
1
Moderate
11
Mild
14
None
139

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Oxygen Therapy

Patients
8
Hospitalization
Patients
8
Hospitalization
Patients
6
Patients
4
Patients
3

Show all 30 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Oxygen Therapy)
Dosage
as needed
Patients
331
Dosage
2 L/min all the time (24/7)
Patients
198
Dosage
3 L/min all the time (24/7)
Patients
163
Dosage
4 L/min all the time (24/7)
Patients
133
Dosage
5 L/min all the time (24/7)
Patients
49
Dosage
6 L/min all the time (24/7)
Patients
35
Dosage
1 L/min all the time (24/7)
Patients
32
Dosage
2 L daily
Patients
26
Dosage
8 L/min all the time (24/7)
Patients
23
Dosage
2Liter(s)perminute as needed
Patients
22

Dosages based on patients currently taking Oxygen Therapy.

Why Patients Stopped Taking Oxygen Therapy (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
20
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
19
Reason
Other
Patients
12
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
9
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
4
Reason
Personal research
Patients
3
Reason
Expense
Patients
3
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
1
Reason
Change in health plan coverage
Patients
1
See all 99 patients who’ve stopped taking Oxygen Therapy

Duration

Currently Taking Oxygen Therapy
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
20
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
58
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
112
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
92
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
85
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
136
Stopped Taking Oxygen Therapy
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
11
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
5
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
7
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
11
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
10
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
9

Adherence


Always
Patients
110
67%
Usually
Patients
32
19%
Sometimes
Patients
20
12%
Never
Patients
3
2%

Burden


Very
Patients
20
12%
Somewhat
Patients
34
21%
A little
Patients
66
40%
Not at all
Patients
45
27%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
90
120%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
3
4%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
4
5%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
7
9%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
11
15%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
50
67%

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxygen Therapy after stopping:
Treatment name(s)
Sumatriptan (Imitrex, Imigran, Imitrex Nasal…)
Patients
3
Treatment name(s)
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER, Lithobid, Priadel…)
Patients
2
Treatment name(s)
Verapamil (Verapamil ER, Calan SR, Isoptin…)
Patients
2
Treatment name(s)
Azathioprine (Imuran, Imurel, Azapress…)
Patients
1
Treatment name(s)
Divalproex sodium (Depakote, Depakote ER, Divalproex sodium ER…)
Patients
1

See all 8 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Oxygen Therapy and switched to:
Treatment name(s)
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus, Advair HFA, Seretide…)
Patients
1
Treatment name(s)
Prednisone (Deltasone, Encorton, Prednisone Intensol…)
Patients
1
Treatment name(s)
Sildenafil (Viagra, Revatio, Penegra)
Patients
1
Treatment name(s)
Sumatriptan (Imitrex, Imigran, Imitrex Nasal…)
Patients
1
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7 patient evaluations for Oxygen Therapy

thjuland
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thjuland
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See thjuland's full Oxygen Therapy history

Jul 2, 2014 (Started Aug 11, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease): Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
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: Not specified monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Wayne Lampe
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Wayne Lampe
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

See Wayne Lampe's full Oxygen Therapy history

Dec 15, 2012 (Started Oct 08, 2007)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Sleep Apnea Disorder: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 2 mL Daily
Cost: Not specified monthly
Side effects: Dry mouth

Jan 1, 2012 (Started Oct 08, 2007)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Sleep Apnea Disorder: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: As needed
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Dry mouth

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jim0425
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jim0425
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
69 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

See jim0425's full Oxygen Therapy history

Aug 9, 2011 (Started Jul 10, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Pulmonary fibrosis: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: They increased Oxygen from 2-3 liter pulse flow to 4-5 liters continuous flow during exertion. The prescription change required changing to Liquid Oxygen. And that delivery system is worth the extra effort of filling tanks. Liquid O2 is more a convenient home delivery. They refill or swap out large cylinders when needed. Now instead of using my portable concentrator and their gas cylinders, I use 1 or 2 small units that each last 4.3 hours on 4 liters or 3.4 hours on 5 liters. I can order a 25 pound storage unit for my car if I need it. I will order it for my next delivery.
Cost: Not specified monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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