Getting A Prescription for An Oxygen Concentrator
In the USA oxygen is considered a prescription medication and devices for oxygen therapy require a physician's prescription before an individual can purchase or rent them.
Your doctor will determine the dosage of oxygen that you require as a flow rate measured in liters per minute (LPM), as well as the times that you should be taking the oxygen. Some people require oxygen only while sleeping, some use it during exercise and some require a continuous flow. Your physician will base the dosage on tests to determine the level of oxygen in your blood and the condition from which you are suffering.
Although oxygen is generally considered a safe medication, you should never change your dose without consulting with your doctor. Overdosing on oxygen can actually cause lung damage and there are certain medical conditions that are exacerbated by oxygen as well.
Before you place an order for your oxygen equipment be sure to discuss it thoroughly with your physician to make sure that you're getting exactly what you need.