What is Oxygen Therapy?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

  • 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 16
Mild 24
None 177

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxygen Therapy

Side effect Patients
Dry nose 11
Nosebleeds 6
Dry mouth 5
Runny nose (rhinorrhea) 5
Sore nose 3
Burning sensation 2

Show all 42 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxygen Therapy

Dosage Patients
as needed 125
2 L/min all the time (24/7) 100
3 L/min all the time (24/7) 76
4 L/min all the time (24/7) 49
5 L/min all the time (24/7) 25
1 L/min all the time (24/7) 11
2Liter(s)perminute as needed 11
2 L/min daily 10
15Liter(s)perminute as needed 10
6 L/min all the time (24/7) 8

See all 54 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Oxygen Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 22
Other 16
Doctor's advice 12
Did not seem to work 4
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 3
Personal research 3
Side effects too severe 1
See all 72 patients who’ve stopped taking Oxygen Therapy

Duration

Currently taking Oxygen Therapy

Duration Patients
0-1 month 19
1-3 months 73
3-6 months 61
6 months-1 year 85
1-2 years 112
2 years or more 153

Stopped taking Oxygen Therapy

Duration Patients
0-1 month 16
1-3 months 7
3-6 months 9
6 months-1 year 11
1-2 years 16
2 years or more 13

Adherence


Always
Patients
148
68%
Usually
Patients
43
20%
Sometimes
Patients
21
10%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
6
3%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
27
12%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
56
26%
A little hard to take
Patients
74
34%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
61
28%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
5
2%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
8
4%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
7
3%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
15
7%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
71
33%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
112
51%

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxygen Therapy after stopping:

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

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Oxygen Therapy and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 1
Prednisone (Deltasone) 1
Sildenafil (Viagra) 1
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 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: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
MS

See thjuland's full Oxygen Therapy history

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

  • 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)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Sleep Apnea Disorder)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mL Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Dry mouth

Jan 1, 2012 (Started Oct 08, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Sleep Apnea Disorder)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: Dry mouth

  • 0 helpful marks
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)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pulmonary fibrosis)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
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: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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