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.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

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Severe
1
Moderate
10
Mild
11
None
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Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Oxygen Therapy

Hospitalization 8
7
Hospitalization 5
4
4
3

Show all 27 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Oxygen Therapy)
Dosage Patients
as needed 299
2 L/min all the time (24/7) 185
3 L/min all the time (24/7) 142
4 L/min all the time (24/7) 118
5 L/min all the time (24/7) 48
6 L/min all the time (24/7) 33
1 L/min all the time (24/7) 29
2 L daily 25
2Liter(s)perminute as needed 21
2 mL daily 19

Dosages based on patients currently taking Oxygen Therapy.

Why Patients Stopped Taking Oxygen Therapy (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Not indicated 19
Course of treatment ended 19
Other 12
Doctor's advice 10
Did not seem to work 4
Personal research 3
Expense 3
Side effects too severe 1
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 97 patients who’ve stopped taking Oxygen Therapy

Duration

Currently Taking Oxygen Therapy
Duration Patients
0-1 month 35
1-3 months 69
3-6 months 94
6 months-1 year 62
1-2 years 117
2 years or more 115
Stopped Taking Oxygen Therapy
Duration Patients
0-1 month 12
1-3 months 4
3-6 months 6
6 months-1 year 11
1-2 years 10
2 years or more 9
Adherence
Always
99 68%
Usually
26 18%
Sometimes
19 13%
Never
1 1%
Burden
Very
18 12%
Somewhat
31 21%
A little
55 38%
Not at all
41 28%
Cost per month
$200+
3 5%
$100-199
4 6%
$50-99
7 11%
$25-49
11 17%
40 62%

What people switch to and from

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

See all 8 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Oxygen Therapy and switched to:
Treatment name(s) Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone, Encorton, Prednisone Intensol…) 1
Sumatriptan (Imitrex, Imigran, Imitrex Nasal…) 1
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7 patient evaluations for Oxygen Therapy

thjuland
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thjuland
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: mild
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: mild
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: < $25 monthly

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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: < $25 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: $50-99 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: < $25 monthly

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