What is Oxygen therapy?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Homozon 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 1,054 292
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) 133 58
Pulmonary Hypertension 117 47
Interstitial Lung Disease 70 30
Pulmonary fibrosis 69 20
Sleep Apnea Disorder 41 18

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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 1
Moderate 23
Mild 62
None 358

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxygen therapy

Side effect Patients
Dry nose 20
Dry mouth 10
Nosebleeds 8
Runny nose (rhinorrhea) 6
Sore nose 4
Burning sensation 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxygen therapy

Dosage Patients
as needed 70
2 L/min all the time (24/7) 57
3 L/min all the time (24/7) 36
4 L/min all the time (24/7) 29
5 L/min all the time (24/7) 16
6 L/min all the time (24/7) 11
2Liter(s)perminute as needed 10
2 L/min daily 7
1 L/min all the time (24/7) 6
8 L/min all the time (24/7) 5

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Why patients stopped taking Oxygen therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 24
Other 23
Doctor's advice 13
Did not seem to work 5
Personal research 4
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 3
Side effects too severe 1
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Duration

Currently taking Oxygen therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 51
6 months - 1 year 33
1 - 2 years 79
2 - 5 years 102
5 - 10 years 29
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Oxygen therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 18
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 290
Usually 92
Sometimes 49
Never taken as prescribed 13
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 42
Somewhat hard to take 118
A little hard to take 132
Not at all hard to take 152
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 14
$50-99 12
$25-49 27
< $25 160
Not specified 223

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxygen therapy after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 3
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 3
Azathioprine (Imuran) 2
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 2
Pirfenidone (Esbriet) 2

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Oxygen therapy and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 1
Sildenafil (Viagra) 1
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 1
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10 patient evaluations for Oxygen therapy

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KipWong
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KipWong
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See KipWong's full Oxygen therapy history

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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thjuland
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thjuland
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See thjuland's full Oxygen therapy history

Sep 30, 2016 (Started Aug 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for COPD (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 COPD (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 COPD (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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woofhound
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woofhound
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 59
Condition: Degenerative Disc Disease 21 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
Degenerative Disc Disease

See woofhound's full Oxygen therapy history

Sep 17, 2016 (Started Aug 10, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Sleep Apnea Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Low blood oxygen levels (hypoxemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
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