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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Emphysema

06/29/2010

Question:

My mother in law 67 has emphezema. you can hear her breathing heavy on telephone. She is suppose to use oxygen she says only at night which she does not. Would a doctor give her oxygen to just use when she feels like it?

Answer:

Oxygen is often prescribed continuously throughout the day and night, at night only or with exercise.  It is not usually recommended on a just "as needed" basis or just when a patient "feels like it".

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Response by:

Mahasti   Rittinger, RRT Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University