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A 33-year-old female asked:

how can i extend the life of a cpap machine? they are so expensive... i don't want to have to buy a new one too soon.

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christopher Wilson
Sleep Medicine 21 years experience
Be good to it: I tell my patients to follow the directions as far as care and cleaning and i recommend distilled water. Some of the machines end up being lemons and a good dme company will honor this.
Dr. Sanjay Agarwal
Pulmonology 26 years experience
Care for investment: Regular care as advised by the dme will help extend life of the CPAP device. It is afterall a 'blower', that too a smart one with a lot of electronic algorithms and is apt to wear and tear just like any machine.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Instructions: Follow manufacturer instructions faithfully.

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How can I overcome the stigma of using a cpap machine?

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Small doses: I instruct resistant patients to try to use it during there tv show. This way, they are distracted and hopefully getting used to the machine. This seems to work for many of my patients.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: cpap machine?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
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CPAP: CPAP = continuous positive airway pressure. This is typically a device that sits at bedside attached to a hose that attaches to some sort of interface (i.e. Mask) to deliver pressre to the airway either through nose or nose and mouth. The main use is for obstructive sleep apnea but it has been used for other conditions such as respiratory failure or congestive heart failure.
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A 39-year-old female asked:

I have a cpap machine that I should use but haven't used it for months. What happens? Any implications if not used regularly in case i resume?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Dust it off.: CPAP is hard for some people to tolerate. If you don't use it you will return to the symptoms you had prior to use and you will have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. If you restart using it your risks will decrease and you may feel better. There is no "penalty" for not using it, .

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