What is BiPAP w/humidifier?

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Generic name: Non-invasive Ventilator

A Bi-Pap or CPAP humidifier is a chamber of water added to the non-invasive ventilation system in order to prevent irritation or the airways.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Breathing difficulty 90 27
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 80 17
Fatigue 40 12
General health 21 8
Sleep Apnea 9 3
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 8 6

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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 0
Moderate 12
Mild 13
None 47

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with BiPAP w/humidifier

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 6
Dry throat 5
sore nose where the mask rests 4
Gas 3
Bloating 2
Dry mouth at night 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using BiPAP w/humidifier

Dosage Patients
8 hr daily 6
10 hr daily 3
6 hr daily 2
1 other daily 1
2 hr daily 1
5 hr daily 1
9 hr daily 1
12 hr daily 1
4 hr four times daily 1
24 hr daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking BiPAP w/humidifier

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Reason Patients
Other 20
Course of treatment ended 6
Doctor's advice 6
Did not seem to work 4
Side effects too severe 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently using BiPAP w/humidifier

Duration Patients
3-6 months 1
6 months-1 year 1
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 16

Stopped using BiPAP w/humidifier

Duration Patients
0-1 month 2
1-3 months 5
3-6 months 7
6 months-1 year 6
1-2 years 10
2 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 43
Usually 18
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 24
Not at all hard to take 21
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 5
$50-99 9
$25-49 3
< $25 22
Not specified 32
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16 patient evaluations for BiPAP w/humidifier

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jaws-als
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jaws-als
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

See jaws-als's full BiPAP w/humidifier history

Oct 27, 2012 (Started Nov 25, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • side effects
    Moderate (Abdominal bloating, Insomnia due to pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 9 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: since my feeding tube implant, I get extreme gas and bloating in my stomach while using the BiPAP. It makes it very difficult to sleep. Additionally, I sometimes wake in the middle of the night with thick mucus. Overall however, I still believe the BiPAP to have somewhat slowed down the progression of the disease.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Dec 4, 2011 (Started Nov 25, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 3 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: My energy levels are much improved!
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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faeroe347
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faeroe347
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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May 29, 2012 (Started Jan 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Support lung health)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 10 hr Weekly
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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amma
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amma
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: n
I have:
ALS

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Dec 5, 2011 (Started May 25, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Breathing difficulty)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 24 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: Keep trying until you find the right mask. I wore nasal pillow during the day because I found that more comfortable and I could wear my glasses. At night I wore eaither one that covered my nose and mouth or one that covered just my nose and used a chin strap to keep my mouth closed. By changing masks I was able to prevent skin problems. Don't be afraid of going out with friends with the mask on. After a while you forget about it. Little kids may ask and I would just say it helps my breathing.

Dec 15, 2009 (Started May 25, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Breathing difficulty)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 23 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: I use the nasal pillows during the day so I can wear my glasses. To give my nose a rest I use a mask at night. If I use small square band-aids on the bridge of my nose, there is less irratation

Mar 10, 2009 (Started May 25, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Breathing difficulty)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 23 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: Get a battery so you can take it with you easily

Aug 25, 2008 (Started May 25, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Fasciculations)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage:

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