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Can I buy a CPAP without a prescription?

Postby I'm_so_tired » Thu Jan 25, 2007 7:44 pm

Hello all, I know I have sleep apnea. My husband tells me that I stop breathing in my sleep. I wake up tired -- I never feel refreshed or reviatlized when I get up in the morning.

I told my endocrinologist this and she, believing that I most certainly had sleep apnea, wanted me to do a sleep study. I called and got some info, but I'm pretty sure it would be pointless because of my need for certain things to induce sleep -- things like (1) I have to have a fan running for white noise, which cannot be used for obvious reasons, (2) the room has to be very cool (more like frost on the blankets) and (3) I have to go to the bathroom a couple of times a night. I wouldn't be able to go if I were all hooked up to monitors.

So I'm wondering, can't I simply purchase a CPAP machine on my own?

I feel with 100% certaintly that I do have sleep apnea. Considering what my husband has witnessed and told me about my sleep and also how I feel well, there's no doubt in my mind.

What can I do to get the equipment I need so I can get some relief?

Thanks ya'll, for your help.

I'm just sooo tired.
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Postby rhonda » Thu Jan 25, 2007 7:49 pm

I had those concerns to. To my amazment they did have fans there. You can adjust the heat and use the bathroom when you want. You need the study so they can monitor your apnea and set the machine pressure.
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Postby I'm_so_tired » Thu Jan 25, 2007 7:55 pm

Thanks Rhonda. When I asked about fans for white noise, I was told no. I guess I'll call and ask again. Plus, the room needs to be really cool, no more than 60 degrees. I was told this wasn't possible. Maybe I got someone new who didn't know?

>>You need the study so they can monitor your apnea and set the machine pressure.

I was afraid of that. Can't I just experiment on my own? :-D
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Re: Can I buy a CPAP without a prescription?

Postby Daniel » Thu Jan 25, 2007 7:58 pm

I'm_so_tired wrote:Hello all, I know I have sleep apnea. My husband tells me that I stop breathing in my sleep. I wake up tired -- I never feel refreshed or reviatlized when I get up in the morning.

I told my endocrinologist this and she, believing that I most certainly had sleep apnea, wanted me to do a sleep study. I called and got some info, but I'm pretty sure it would be pointless because of my need for certain things to induce sleep -- things like (1) I have to have a fan running for white noise, which cannot be used for obvious reasons, (2) the room has to be very cool (more like frost on the blankets) and (3) I have to go to the bathroom a couple of times a night. I wouldn't be able to go if I were all hooked up to monitors.

So I'm wondering, can't I simply purchase a CPAP machine on my own?

I feel with 100% certaintly that I do have sleep apnea. Considering what my husband has witnessed and told me about my sleep and also how I feel well, there's no doubt in my mind.

What can I do to get the equipment I need so I can get some relief?

Thanks ya'll, for your help.

I'm just sooo tired.



No. CPAP is a prescription item.

While you believe that you may have sleep apnoea, the only way to know for sure is by having a sleep test.

You should also be aware that there are different forms of sleep apnoea and CPAP is of no benefit if you suffer from Central Apnoea. There are also other conditions which have similar symptoms.

The pressure setting is very important, and incorrect pressure can bring about other problems.

Have the sleep test and get properly diagnosed.

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Postby rhonda » Thu Jan 25, 2007 8:02 pm

Good luck. I would call other centers if they dont allow these accomodations.
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Postby happypapper » Thu Jan 25, 2007 9:40 pm

(1) I have to have a fan running for white noise, which cannot be used for obvious reasons


I too can't sleep without the "white noise". At the lab I went to, I was allowed to bring my fan (a floor fan), although I had to keep it on medium (I usually have it on high) so the tech could hear if I had a problem. They also had a ceiling fan and a bedside fan.

the room has to be very cool (more like frost on the blankets)


Me too! I was delighted when I walked into my sleep lab and it was VERY COOL! The tech said he does that so the leads won't slip off. Have you asked them at the sleep lab about this?

I have to go to the bathroom a couple of times a night. I wouldn't be able to go if I were all hooked up to monitors
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That also sounds quite familiar. Before CPAP I used to get up once or twice just about every night to go to the bathroom. You WILL be able to get up and go to the bathroom if you need to. After they hook you up, they have a box attached to the leads. This box is attached to leads that are connected to the wall. They can unhook the leads between the box and the wall, and you can get up and move freely. If you have to use the restroom, all you have to do is call out and the tech will come and get you (I know, a bit embarrassing, but that's what they're there for :-D ).

I would think the sleep lab would want to make things as comfortable for you as possible so they can get a good study the first ime. I don't think it would be unreasonable for you to request that the room be very cool or that you be allowed to bring a fan. If they are not willing to work with you, then maybe you can go to another sleep lab that will.

Hope this gives some encouragement to go ahead and have the sleep study, and puts your mind at ease.
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Postby suziQ » Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:26 pm

Even if you did have all your needs met for your sleep study, you still will feel like you're not going to go to sleep. I swear I never slept at all with all those things attached to me. I had as rough a night's sleep as I ever had and in the morning, I was afraid they wouldn't have enough information to diagnose me. The nurses assured me that I did indeed sleep despite the fact that at least twice they had to unhook me for the bathroom run.

When I spent my second night hooked up to a cpap. They had to wake me up and kick me out of the sleep center. Once again, when they put the mask on my face at 11 pm, I thought I'd never sleep with it on. It was the first night of the rest of my life. I slept! I felt great!

Bottom line. Do the sleep test. Find out how bad your apnea is, assuming you do have it. You need to get monitored so they know what level of treatment you get.
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Postby Jessica » Fri Jan 26, 2007 1:27 am

The place I went had a ceiling fan, and a floor fan, and a TV, AND a white noise machine. I suggest that you eiter find another sleep clinic (they are all over the place,) OR you could ask them if you could bring a floor fan. That would take care of both the white noise and the cooling off the room. I have that problem.. I'm hot all the time. I keep my house freezing, and my husband complains. The sleep tech at the clinic I went to turned the temperature down and put on a coat. I felt bad that she was cold, but I needed to sleep, and have the studies done. I don't know why the rooms aren't heated and cooled individually. I'm sure some are. If they sleep clinic your doctor wants to send you to can't accomodate you so that you can sleep, explain it to your doctor, and call around and find another. It's pretty important. You know sleep apnea will cause heart problems, and you need to stay around for a while.
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Postby Marcopolo » Fri Jan 26, 2007 2:59 am

This was the response I received from a DME supplier when I was first diagnosed with sleep apnea (about 4 years ago), but the doctor was out of town for 2 weeks and my father wanted to buy me one.

"Yes, you can buy a CPAP machine without a prescription, but you cannot set the pressure yourself. You will also have to pay tax on the CPAP without having a prescription."

That being said, I would not advise it. Get the test done where YOU need to have it done. There are some things they may not let you do like sleep with your head under the pillows blocking your airways, but there ARE clinics that will accommodate your requests. I don't see anything unusual except for 60 degrees being a little cooler than the average person needs. There was a thermostat in my room and they said put it anywhere you want.

"Experimenting" is like trying to play five hands of poker and trying to draw a Royal Flush each hand--there's a possibility you may get it, but it's highly unlikely that you'll do it.
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Postby Bearded One » Fri Jan 26, 2007 8:46 am

"Yes, you can buy a CPAP machine without a prescription, but you cannot set the pressure yourself. You will also have to pay tax on the CPAP without having a prescription."


In the US it is illegal to sell a new CPAP machine without a prescription.
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Postby Mike » Fri Jan 26, 2007 10:31 am

CPAP are "Federal Legend" (Federal Legend is the message stating that a prescription is required.)
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Postby lynn543 » Fri Jan 26, 2007 12:44 pm

many people are unable to adjust to their CPAPs and sell the second hand cheaply, they wouldnt care about a prescription

although experimenting is of course frowned upon, some of us without inasurance may have to wait years for a sleep study and then be unable to afford to buy a new CPAP if prescribed
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Postby hhopper » Fri Jan 26, 2007 2:24 pm

If you're gonna "experiment" on your own, better buy an auto-pap. [-X [-X [-X
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Postby LoriPA » Fri Jan 26, 2007 3:25 pm

I would not advise getting a PAP at all without a prescription from a physician, for the reasons stated by others who posted in this thread. It would be like playing Russian roulette with your health--and perhaps life--otherwise.

And isn't your health a worthwhile investment to spend a few extra dollars to see your doctor and get a proper machine adjusted for your needs?
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Postby SLEEPMDMA » Fri Jan 26, 2007 4:06 pm

IT IS UNLAWFUL TO SELL YOU A CPAP WITHOUT AN RX AND NOT IN YOU RBEST INERESTS.. I THINK YOU SHOULD HAVE A CONSULTATION WITH A SLEEP SPECIALIST BEFORE YOUR SLEEP STUDY THEY CAN DISCUSS ALL YOUR CONCERNS AND BE SURE YOU ARE ACCOMODATED.
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