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 of Oxygen Therapy

Severe
1
Moderate
15
Mild
15
None
163

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

Patients
9
Hospitalization
Patients
8
Hospitalization
Patients
7
Patients
5
Patients
3

Show all 37 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Oxygen Therapy)
Dosage
as needed
Patients
382
Dosage
2 L/min all the time (24/7)
Patients
241
Dosage
3 L/min all the time (24/7)
Patients
189
Dosage
4 L/min all the time (24/7)
Patients
144
Dosage
5 L/min all the time (24/7)
Patients
63
Dosage
6 L/min all the time (24/7)
Patients
40
Dosage
1 L/min all the time (24/7)
Patients
35
Dosage
2 L daily
Patients
28
Dosage
8 L/min all the time (24/7)
Patients
27
Dosage
2Liter(s)perminute as needed
Patients
21

Dosages based on patients currently taking Oxygen Therapy.

Why Patients Stopped Taking Oxygen Therapy (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
23
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
20
Reason
Other
Patients
14
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
9
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
5
Reason
Personal research
Patients
3
Reason
Change in health plan coverage
Patients
3
Reason
Expense
Patients
3
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
1
See all 116 patients who’ve stopped taking Oxygen Therapy

Duration

Currently Taking Oxygen Therapy
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
2
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
41
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
73
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
111
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
97
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
160
Stopped Taking Oxygen Therapy
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
11
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
5
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
8
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
13
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
11
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
11

Adherence


Always
Patients
131
68%
Usually
Patients
37
19%
Sometimes
Patients
22
11%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
4
2%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
25
13%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
47
24%
A little hard to take
Patients
68
35%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
54
28%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
5
3%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
6
3%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
7
4%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
13
7%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
62
32%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
101
52%

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)
Azathioprine (Imuran, Azapress, Imurel…)
Patients
2
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)
Divalproex sodium (Depakote, Depakote ER, Divalproex sodium ER…)
Patients
1

See all 9 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, Prednisone Intensol, Encorton…)
Patients
1
Treatment name(s)
Sildenafil (Viagra, Revatio, Penegra)
Patients
1
Treatment name(s)
Sumatriptan (Imitrex, Imigran, Imitrex Nasal…)
Patients
1
Last updated:

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: none
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: 3 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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