What is Sleep Apnea machine?

Category: Equipment

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See also: CPAP w/humidifier

Sleep apnea is usually treated with a machine called CPAP (continous positive airway pressure), which blows air into the nose via a nose mask, keeping the airway open and unobstructed. For more severe apnea, a Bi-level (Bi-PAP) machine is used to blow air at two different pressures.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Breathing difficulty 2 0
Elevated blood pressure 1 3
Hepatitis C 1 1
Multiple system atrophy 1 0
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 1 0

Show all 9 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 1
Mild 8
None 5

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sleep Apnea machine

Side effect Patients
Sinus congestion 3
Snoring 2
Dry mouth 1
Dry mouth at night 1
Ear pressure 1
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1

Show all 8 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Sleep Apnea machine

Dosage Patients
7 hr daily 2
8 hr daily 2
5 hr daily 1
6 hr daily 1
6.5 hr daily 1
9 hr daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Sleep Apnea machine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 2
Other 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 3 patients who've stopped using Sleep Apnea machine

Duration

Currently using Sleep Apnea machine

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 4

Stopped using Sleep Apnea machine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 11
Usually 3
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 11
Not at all hard to take 1
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 5
Not specified 10
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3 patient evaluations for Sleep Apnea machine

Dec 17, 2015 (Started Jan 02, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for snoring)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sleep apnea)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 6.5 hr Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 2, 2015 (Started Jan 02, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sleep apnea)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for snoring)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 6.5 hr Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 18, 2010 (Started Jun 12, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for sleep apnea)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Advice & Tips: After I changed to a mask that covers both nose and mouth I quit having side effects of dry moth. I watch my head position so my esophagus does not open and fill my stomach & gut with air.

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 10, 2008 (Started Apr 30, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for obstructive sleep apnea)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 7 hr Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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