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Posted by Bob Kipple ( on May 28, 2000 at 13:29:23:

In Reply to: I need more info on Oxygen (please!) posted by B Gleeson on May 28, 2000 at 12:00:34:

Hi B,
I have used O2 for around 15 years and it works great for me. The 8 to 10 L/min is what most of us use and to be effective it must be used with a non-rebreathing mask. Make sure the regulator on the setup will go up to at least 10 L/min, many only go to 5. The most common tank is the E tank. It's about 2 feet tall and 5 inches in diameter. There are other sizes available including the big H tank (like a welders). I rented at first to see if it would work and then bought everything. My insurance at the time paid for most of it but these are meaner times than they were then. Persistence usually pays off. Because my cycles are random and completely unpredictable, I keep at least one full tank on hand year round.

The HA is usually gone in 5 to 10 minutes but I have stayed on it for up to 20 minutes on occasion. It's important to get to it at the first sign of an attack, if the HA is full blown, O2 probably won't help. I go through 2 to 4 tanks a week in a cycle and they are $25.00 each at my supplier. You should check with your local medical supply store for prices because they do vary.

I hope I've answered your questions, feel free to email.


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