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Can I simply just turn up my oxygen if I have COPD and fly regularly on commercial flights?

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: May be ok

Many times, i will tell my patients with COPD and oxygen to turn up their oxygen level slightly when flying on a plane.
Most of the time, that can do the trick. If available, i would see if you can do an actual flight simulation, where they have you breathe lower level of oxygen to see what happens to your oxygen level.

In brief: May be ok

Many times, i will tell my patients with COPD and oxygen to turn up their oxygen level slightly when flying on a plane.
Most of the time, that can do the trick. If available, i would see if you can do an actual flight simulation, where they have you breathe lower level of oxygen to see what happens to your oxygen level.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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Dr. Michael Ekizian
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: In-flight oxygen

If you require long-term supplemental oxygen at baseline, an increased flow rate during air travel is recommended.
An alternative to direct measurement of increased flow requirement is to increase the flow to 1-2 l/min above baseline while in flight. You will have to use an approved battery-powered portable oxygen concentrator you can rent from an o2 supply company. Some airlines may provide one.

In brief: In-flight oxygen

If you require long-term supplemental oxygen at baseline, an increased flow rate during air travel is recommended.
An alternative to direct measurement of increased flow requirement is to increase the flow to 1-2 l/min above baseline while in flight. You will have to use an approved battery-powered portable oxygen concentrator you can rent from an o2 supply company. Some airlines may provide one.
Dr. Michael Ekizian
Dr. Michael Ekizian
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