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I have two questions. First off, why do I keep finding people saying it is illegal to buy or sell cpap machines outside of an hme or a doctor's prescription?
      
Second, how do you personally clean your heated tube? I know I should not submerge the end with the electrical connector, but should I just use hot water? hot water and a little dish soap?  What have you had the best luck doing?
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Under U.S. law CPAP machines and complete masks require a prescription for their purchase.  They also require a facility to be licensed under FDA guidelines for legal sale.

The heated hose is suppose to be fully sealed and standard washing, like an unheated hose, is the normal.
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#3
Hello, 4speed. Welcome to the forum.

Federal regulations require a prescription the purchase of a CPAP machine or mask to be done through an approved (licensed) seller using a prescription issued by a qualified doctor. From the number of machines and masks sold on the internet without a prescription it doesn't look like this requirement is too heavily enforced.

Like you, I was reluctant to immerse the electrical connections in water until a forum member pointed out that the manufacturer of our machines actually recommend doing so in their instructions on cleaning their heated hoses. I have been doing so for several weeks with no problems. I just make sure to shake as much water from the connectors as I can and then let them dry for a few hours.
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My hose end that goes over the mask swivel just happens to fit snugly over my brass shower head. I run the water full bore about five seconds then shut off the water, let it drain then hang the hose to dry after shaking excess water from the ends.

I used to soak it once a week while cleaning my mask, however with the cloth snuggle tube cover I use the shower makes it easier without getting the snuggle tube cover wet or having to remove that cover every time.
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Hi 4speed,
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you can submerge your heated hose connector and all, no problem, just let it dry before you use it, you shouldn't have any trouble.
trish6hundred
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#6
Vicodin, a narcotic, requires a prescription. Purchasing it without a prescription is illegal.

CPAP machines (this includes all of the different varieties of them) and masks (whole masks but not mask parts) requires a prescription. It is the same type of illegal as the narcotic.

Do people buy and sell CPAP machines at flea markets, Craigslist, and other places in the US without a prescription? Yes. Is it illegal? Yes. Are the feds watching? Meh, if they get bored enough. I used to keep aquatic snails. One type of snail I loved was illegal to sell and purchase (they reproduced like mad and idiots just turned them loose in local ponds, canals, and lakes). People did it anyway on various online aquatic classified ad places (pre-Craigslist). About once every 3 yrs or so, someone would get arrested for selling them and a bunch of buyers would be raided, all their fish and snails taken and euthanized. Fish and Game are bored a lot easier (and take their job very seriously) than the FDA, though.

As for the hose, a good rinse with warm water should be all it needs. Let it completely dry before using again. Other than that, have at it.
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