User Question: Can I Buy an Oxygen Concentrator On Amazon?

If you've been prescribed oxygen therapy, it's essential that you get the dosage you need. This is why it's important to purchase an oxygen concentrator from a reputable seller. Everyone is looking for a bargain, but lower prices and easy access to oxygen concentrators can spell trouble.

Amazon can be a great place to shop for just about anything. Medical supplies, especially sophisticated equipment like oxygen concentrators, are a different story. Products that require a prescription cannot be sold on Amazon, and are against their seller regulations.

Amazon Oxygen Concentrator

Sellers on Amazon can't sell medical grade portable or home oxygen concentrators (the kind that is used to treat conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) because they can't sell anything that requires a prescription.

Reputable sellers have many regulations and a process that requires the customer to present a prescription from their physician before they can buy an oxygen concentrator.

You can't ensure that what you're getting is up to standards, and will work for as long as you need it to. It might say that you're getting batteries with your portable concentrator, but the batteries are old and need to be replaced. You might receive an old, used portable oxygen concentrator that is about to stop working, or it doesn't provide the oxygen purity you need.

Portable Oxygen Concentrator Amazon

If you're buying something as important as a portable oxygen concentrator, which you need to treat a medical condition, it's important to buy from a reputable medical supply retailer. You can even purchase a certified pre-owned (rebuilt to standards and tested) portable oxygen concentrator for a fraction of the price that you would have paid for a new one.

The prescription from your doctor specifies the dosage you need, and how often you need it, which dictates which models you can get. A customer service rep that works for the seller will help guide you to the best portable oxygen concentrator for you.

If you need 2 LPM of continuous-flow oxygen therapy, this gives you several options, including the Sequal Equinox, Sequal Eclipse 5, and the Devilbiss iGo. If you need it for many hours out of the day, you need one with the best battery duration. If they require a prescription, they can help you figure out which one this would be.

It's dangerous to try to buy an oxygen concentrator from a seller without presenting your prescription. You can cause your condition to worsen if it's not being treated with the oxygen therapy dosage that you need. It should be treated just like with any medicine because prescribed oxygen therapy is medicine.

You wouldn't buy heart medication or insulin from a seller on Amazon, so it's not recommended that you purchase a oxygen concentrator from an Amazon seller. There are too many risks involved that could be detrimental to your health.

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Updated: October 29, 2018

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

13 thoughts on “User Question: Can I Buy an Oxygen Concentrator On Amazon?”

  • David

    Then is the answer no [can you buy oxygen without RX)?

    • Danielle Jason

      That is correct, David. The law requires a prescription in order to purchase an oxygen concentrator. All reputable dealers will require a prescription at or within a few weeks of the sale.

  • cynthia heyl

    am looking for a portable oxygen concentrator with a 6 setting

    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman April 25, 2018 at 6:32 am

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

  • Annie Banks

    I am looking for a used portable oxygen concentrator to buy or rent for my mom she needs one asap her setting is 3 liters

    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman June 4, 2018 at 3:51 am

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have passed along your information to a specialist who will reach out regarding your request. For more immediate assistance feel free to give our specialists a call at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected].

  • robert j vanhevel
    robert j vanhevel February 28, 2019 at 3:54 am

    I have a prolapsed right lung and require a portable tank. I use a setting two what do you recommend?? robb

    • Margaret Goodman
      Margaret Goodman February 28, 2019 at 4:30 am

      We have several options based on weight, size, pulse dose or continuous flow setting as well as cost. It is best to give us a call and talk with an oxygen specialist who can talk with you about your needs and what you are trying to meet and then suggest a unit that is the perfect fit for you. You can reach us at 888-360-9628 or if you prefer email [email protected]

  • Andrea Jacobson
    Andrea Jacobson May 10, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Has anyone succeeded in getting an insurance company to buy a concentrator, rather than renting one?
    Our co-pays alone over the years would have paid for one.
    Thanks very much.

    • Ed Rodgers

      Hi Andrea, Insurance can in certain cases and situations buy the concentrator but due to the variety of plans, providers and coverage it is not a straightforward answer. Best thing is to call them and discuss your options to buying the machine.

    • Mary Diggs

      Yes. But it depends on how the doctor write down your diagnosis. I was hospitalized when I received mine. I also lost my job due my condition. My visa, was canceled and I was sent home.

  • Wayne Rodgers

    I want to know what is the best and reliable portable oxygen concentrator that I can buy on the market.

    • Scott Ridl

      All of our concentrators are top-rated; the best course of action is to speak with one of our oxygen consultants to find the concentrator that best fits your oxygen and lifestyle needs. Please reach out to us at: 877-644-4581.


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