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CPAP Machine
is it illegal to buy a CPAP machine on line and programme it yourself. i cannot spend 600 dollars for a sleep study.

please help.
06-08-2015 04:24 PM
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RE: CPAP Machine
The official answer is: Yes, a CPAP machine requires a prescription to purchase. No it is not illegal to program it yourself.



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06-08-2015 06:15 PM
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RE: CPAP Machine
Well, technically it may be illegal to sell a prescription device online. Buying it seems not to be a problem.

Both of my machines were acquired used from private sellers. Who cares?

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06-08-2015 06:31 PM
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justMongo Offline

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RE: CPAP Machine
(06-08-2015 04:24 PM)patma Wrote:  is it illegal to buy a CPAP machine on line and programme it yourself. i cannot spend 600 dollars for a sleep study.

please help.

It depends on which country you are in. Since you used a British spelling for program, I'll ask where are you located?

In the US, a prescription is required to buy a CPAP.

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06-08-2015 06:44 PM
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zonk Offline

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Post: #5
RE: CPAP Machine
Never mind about legal or not, if you suspect it ... get diagnosed
You would not take heart medication, if you do not have a heart condition
The same goes to CPAP, you do want CPAP if you do not have OSA

There're all sort of machines to treat different conditions
No shortcuts, buying the wrong the machine can be costly
$600 for a sleep study is not a lot and can be a life changer

Talk to your doctor, home sleep study can be a cheaper alternative to sleep lab

Best of luck and welcome aboard
06-08-2015 06:48 PM
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RE: CPAP Machine
Hi patma,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Hang in there for more answers to your questions and much success to you.

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06-08-2015 07:18 PM
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patma Offline

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RE: CPAP Machine
(06-08-2015 06:44 PM)justMongo Wrote:  
(06-08-2015 04:24 PM)patma Wrote:  is it illegal to buy a CPAP machine on line and programme it yourself. i cannot spend 600 dollars for a sleep study.

please help.

It depends on which country you are in. Since you used a British spelling for program, I'll ask where are you located?

In the US, a prescription is required to buy a CPAP.

I am in Texas.
06-09-2015 10:42 AM
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Post: #8
RE: CPAP Machine
Patma, To answer your specific question without giving any further advice, there is nothing illegal about buying a cpap machine from a private party (unless it is stolen). There is nothing illegal about setting it up yourself. They are bought and sold on Craig's list all the time and many people adjust their setting on their own. In the U.S., if a choose to buy one from a company that sells them as a business, they can only sell to persons that supply a prescription from a licensed doctor. It need not be any special kind of doctor since G.P. is qualified.
06-09-2015 11:46 AM
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RE: CPAP Machine
SurferDude2 has your route: If you can convince your general practitioner doctor to write you a prescription you can buy a new machine from a reputable supplier. They may be (rightly) hesitant to write one without a sleep study though.

If you're going to get one without a study you're going to be hard pressed to get it set up properly and you may have medical issues that won't be properly diagnosed (CSA, Low O2 Saturation, etc).
06-09-2015 12:18 PM
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