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 1,017 265
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) 129 54
Pulmonary Hypertension 111 42
Interstitial Lung Disease 71 30
Pulmonary fibrosis 66 19
Sleep Apnea Disorder 41 16

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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 21
Mild 56
None 332

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxygen Therapy

Side effect Patients
Dry nose 19
Dry mouth 10
Nosebleeds 8
Runny nose (rhinorrhea) 5
Sore nose 4
Burning sensation 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxygen Therapy

Dosage Patients
as needed 71
2 L/min all the time (24/7) 52
3 L/min all the time (24/7) 38
4 L/min all the time (24/7) 31
5 L/min all the time (24/7) 18
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
2 L daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Oxygen Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 24
Other 21
Doctor's advice 13
Did not seem to work 4
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 3
Personal research 3
Side effects too severe 1
See all 88 patients who’ve stopped taking Oxygen Therapy

Duration

Currently taking Oxygen Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 40
6 months - 1 year 43
1 - 2 years 85
2 - 5 years 99
5 - 10 years 24
10 years or more 11

Stopped taking Oxygen Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 18
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 269
Usually 82
Sometimes 46
Never taken as prescribed 13
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 40
Somewhat hard to take 106
A little hard to take 123
Not at all hard to take 141
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 7
$100-199 13
$50-99 11
$25-49 23
< $25 145
Not specified 211

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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9 patient evaluations for Oxygen Therapy

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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: 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 20 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
BobRolloff
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BobRolloff
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: b
I have:
Parkinson's

See BobRolloff's full Oxygen Therapy history

Jun 8, 2016 (Started Oct 24, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Sleep Apnea Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Emphysema)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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