Oxygen Therapy Patient Question: Can I Buy a Portable Oxygen Concentrator On Amazon?

Can I Buy a Portable Oxygen Concentrator On Amazon?

If you've been prescribed oxygen therapy, it's extremely important 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.

Sellers on Amazon can't sell medical grade portable or home oxygen concentrators (the kind that are 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 oxygen 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.

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 kind of medicine, because prescribed oxygen therapy is medicine.

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

2 thoughts on “Oxygen Therapy Patient Question: Can I Buy a Portable 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.


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