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If you are on oxygen due to COPD and start exercising and stop smoking could you get off oxygen?
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Dr. Donald Elton
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
3 doctors agree
In brief: It's possible
It's possible but not certain.
If stopping smoking helps your mucus production and bronchospasm that would help and if exercise resulted in significant weight loss that might help but if most of the hypoxia was related to emphysema then those interventions might not make much difference in oxygen levels. Best to quit smoking either way though to avoid cancer and disease progression.

In brief: It's possible
It's possible but not certain.
If stopping smoking helps your mucus production and bronchospasm that would help and if exercise resulted in significant weight loss that might help but if most of the hypoxia was related to emphysema then those interventions might not make much difference in oxygen levels. Best to quit smoking either way though to avoid cancer and disease progression.
Dr. Donald Elton
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Perhaps...
If you have COPD and on oxygen, you should not be smoking at all! if you want to exercise, talk to your doctor about pulmonary rehab where you exercise while your lung status is monitored.
Then you will be able to see if it is possible for you to stop your oxygen use. Good luck and see your doctor about smoking cessation. It is imperative that you stop smoking!

In brief: Perhaps...
If you have COPD and on oxygen, you should not be smoking at all! if you want to exercise, talk to your doctor about pulmonary rehab where you exercise while your lung status is monitored.
Then you will be able to see if it is possible for you to stop your oxygen use. Good luck and see your doctor about smoking cessation. It is imperative that you stop smoking!
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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