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Oxygen Side Effects

Common Oxygen Side Effects


The most commonly reported Oxygen side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Dyspnoea (28)
Death (15)
Headache (13)
Hypotension (12)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (12)
Pneumonia (11)
Thermal Burn (10)
Loss Of Consciousness (8)
Nausea (8)
Oxygen Saturation Decreased (8)
Respiratory Failure (8)
Cough (7)
Condition Aggravated (6)
Accident (6)
Hypoxia (6)
Cardiac Arrest (6)
Pain (6)
Respiratory Distress (6)
Pyrexia (6)
Malaise (6)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Side effects reports are analyzed to discover potential health product safety signals. Some important reactions may take an extremely long time to develop or occur infrequently. Continued monitoring of adverse reactions is thus essential to maintain a comprehensive safety and effectiveness profile of health products.

Oxygen Side Effects Reported to FDA

The following Oxygen reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
FAERS is a database that contains information on adverse event and medication errors reports submitted to FDA by healthcare professionals (such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others), consumers (such as patients, family members, layers and others) and manufacturers.


The appearance of Oxygen on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.
Thermal Burn, Accident, Tobacco User, Device Damage
This is a report of a 70-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, who was treated with Oxygen (dosage: 4 I Once A Minute Respiratory, start time: Nov 18, 2013), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
  • Thermal Burn
  • Accident
  • Tobacco User
  • Device Damage
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Oxygen treatment in female patients, resulting in thermal burn side effect. The patient was hospitalized.


This report suggests a potential Oxygen side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 68-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and used Oxygen (dosage: 3l Continuous) starting NS. Soon after starting Oxygen the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
    Drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Oxygen demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as death, may still occur.

    Thermal Burn, Passive Smoking
    This Thermal Burn, Passive Smoking problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 63-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. On Mar 02, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Oxygen (dosage: Once A Minute Respiratory). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When commencing Oxygen, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
    • Thermal Burn
    • Passive Smoking
    The patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as thermal burn, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

    Thermal Burn
    This is a report of a 72-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: cardiac failure congestive and was treated with Oxygen (dosage: 61 Once A Minute Respiratory) starting Sep 10, 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA.Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
    • Thermal Burn
    The patient was hospitalized. This opens a possibility that Oxygen treatment could cause the above reactions, including thermal burn, and some female subjects may be more susceptible.


    Haemodynamic Instability, Pneumocephalus, Brain Oedema, Brain Herniation, Condition Aggravated
    A 41-year-old patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms/conditions: status epilepticus started Oxygen treatment (dosage: NA) on NS. Soon after starting Oxygen treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
    • Haemodynamic Instability
    • Pneumocephalus
    • Brain Oedema
    • Brain Herniation
    • Condition Aggravated
    Concurrently used drugs: NA. This finding indicates that some patients could be more vulnerable to Oxygen.

    Hypercapnia, Depressed Level Of Consciousness, Respiratory Failure, Bronchopneumonia
    A 56-year-old female patient from JP (weight: NA) experienced symptoms, such as: dyspnoea and was treated with Oxygen(dosage: Once A Minute Respiratory). The treatment was initiated on NS. After that a consumer reported the following side effect(s):
    • Hypercapnia
    • Depressed Level Of Consciousness
    • Respiratory Failure
    • Bronchopneumonia
    Concurrently used drugs, which potentially could have contributed to side effect(s) or affected Oxygen efficacy: NA.

    Accident, Respiratory Fume Inhalation Disorder, Passive Smoking
    In this report, Oxygen was administered for the following condition: pleural effusion.A 70-year-old female consumer from US (weight: NA) started Oxygen treatment (dosage: 2 1 Once A Minute Respiratory) on Jun 20, 2013.Sometime after starting the treatment, the patient complained of the following side effect(s):
    • Accident
    • Respiratory Fume Inhalation Disorder
    • Passive Smoking
    A possible interaction with other drugs could have contributed to this reaction: NA.The patient was hospitalized.Establishing a causal relationship between a specific drug and consumer's side effects is complex, but it is possible that in this report Oxygen treatment could be related to the listed above side effect(s).

    Abnormal Behaviour, Hypercapnia, Coma
    This is a report of the following Oxygen side effect(s):
    • Abnormal Behaviour
    • Hypercapnia
    • Coma
    A 37-year-old male patient from SE (weight: NA) presented with the following condition: NA and received a treatment with Oxygen (dosage: NA) starting: Jul 10, 2013.The following concurrently used drugs could have generated interactions: NA.This report suggests that a Oxygen treatment could be associated with the listed above side effect(s).

    Procedural Complication, Thermal Burn, Injury, Respiratory Fume Inhalation Disorder, Haemodynamic Instability, Oxygen Saturation Decreased, Blood Pressure Systolic Decreased
    This Oxygen report was submitted by a 65-year-old female consumer from FR (weight: NA). The patient was diagnosed with: maxillofacial operation and Oxygen was administered (dosage: 30% Total Respiratory) starting: NS. The consumer developed a set of symptoms:
    • Procedural Complication
    • Thermal Burn
    • Injury
    • Respiratory Fume Inhalation Disorder
    • Haemodynamic Instability
    • Oxygen Saturation Decreased
    • Blood Pressure Systolic Decreased
    Other drugs used simultaneously:
    • Polyvidone
    The patient was hospitalized.Those unexpected symptoms could be linked to a Oxygen treatment, however establishing a potential drug-safety problem requires a more detailed clinical analysis.

    Bronchial Carcinoma, Second Primary Malignancy, Haemoglobin Decreased, Neoplasm Malignant, Metastases To Liver
    This is a report of a possible correlation between Oxygen use and the following symptoms/side effect(s):
    • Bronchial Carcinoma
    • Second Primary Malignancy
    • Haemoglobin Decreased
    • Neoplasm Malignant
    • Metastases To Liver
    which could contribute to an assessment of Oxygen risk profile.A 67-year-old female consumer from SE (weight: NA) was suffering from NA and was treated with Oxygen (dosage: NA) starting NS.Other concurrent medications:
    • Aromasin (exemestane)
    The patient was hospitalized.

    Retinopathy Of Prematurity, Intraventricular Haemorrhage
    A patient from JP (weight: NA) presented with the following symptoms: bronchopulmonary dysplasia and after a treatment with Oxygen (dosage: NA) experienced the following side effect(s):
    • Retinopathy Of Prematurity
    • Intraventricular Haemorrhage
    The treatment was started on NS. Oxygen was used in combination with the following drugs:
    • Erythropoietin
    • Albumin
    • Fresh Frozen Plasma
    • Dopamine
    • Dobutamine
    This report could alert potential Oxygen consumers.

    Thermal Burn, Lip Injury, Wound, Disorientation
    In this report, a 55-year-old male patient from US (weight: NA) was affected by a possible Oxygen side effect.The patient was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. After a treatment with Oxygen (dosage: 2.5 Once A Minute Respiratory, start date: Mar 14, 2013), the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
    • Thermal Burn
    • Lip Injury
    • Wound
    • Disorientation
    The following simultaneously used drugs could have led to this reaction:
    • Tylenol (paracetamol)
    • Ventolin (salbutamol)
    • Spiriva (tiotropium)
    • Advair (salmeterol; Fluticasone)
    • Lasix (furosemide)
    • (gabapentin)
    • Citalopram
    • Zopiclone
    The findings here stress that side effects should be taken into consideration when evaluating a Oxygen treatment.

    Accident, Respiratory Fume Inhalation Disorder, Sputum Discoloured
    This is a report of a 74-year-old male patient from US (weight: NA), who used Oxygen (dosage: 2 L Once A Minute) for a treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. After starting a treatment on Jun 15, 2013, the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
    • Accident
    • Respiratory Fume Inhalation Disorder
    • Sputum Discoloured
    The following drugs could possibly have interacted with the Oxygen treatment NA.Taken together, these observations suggest that a Oxygen treatment could be related to side effect(s), such as Accident, Respiratory Fume Inhalation Disorder, Sputum Discoloured.

    Apnoea, Overdose
    This apnoea side effect was reported by a health professional from AU. A 78-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA. The patient was prescribed Oxygen (dosage: 100 Pct), which was started on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA. When starting to take Oxygen the consumer reported the following symptoms:
    • Apnoea
    • Overdose
    These side effects may potentially be related to Oxygen.

    Neutropenia, Pyrexia
    This is a Oxygen side effect report of a 77-year-old female patient (weight:NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Oxygen (dosage:NA, start time: NS), combined with:
    • Omeprazole
    • Neupogen (filgrastim)
    • Septra Ds (sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim)
    • Tazocin (piperacillin Sodium: Tazobactam Sodium)
    • Tobramycin
    , and developed a serious reaction and a neutropenia side effect. The patient presented with:
    • Neutropenia
    • Pyrexia
    which developed after the beginning of treatment. The patient was hospitalized. This side effect report can indicate a possible existence of increased vulnerability to Oxygen treatment in female patients suffering from NA, resulting in neutropenia.

    Cardiac Failure, Localised Infection, Oedema Peripheral, Pulmonary Oedema, Respiratory Distress
    This report suggests a potential Oxygen cardiac failure side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 85-year-old male patient from US (weight:NA) was diagnosed with the following health condition(s): NA and used Oxygen (dosage: NA) starting NS. Soon after starting Oxygen the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
    • Cardiac Failure
    • Localised Infection
    • Oedema Peripheral
    • Pulmonary Oedema
    • Respiratory Distress
    Drugs used concurrently:
    • Paxil
    • Coumadin (warfarin Sodium)
    Although Oxygen demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as cardiac failure, may still occur.

    Cushing^s Syndrome, Hypoxia
    This cushing^s syndrome problem was reported by a health professional from US. A 6-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following medical condition(s): NA.On NS a consumer started treatment with Oxygen (dosage: NA). The following drugs/medications were being taken at the same time:
    • Cefuroxime
    • Fluticasone
    • Salbutamol
    When commencing Oxygen, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms /side effects:
    • Cushing^s Syndrome
    • Hypoxia
    Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry potential side effect risks. Some side effects, such as cushing^s syndrome, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

    Pneumomediastinum, Subcutaneous Emphysema, Laryngospasm, Lobar Pneumonia, Respiratory Distress
    This is a Oxygen side effect report of a 16-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: hypoxia and was treated with Oxygen (dosage: 4 Once A Minute Respiratory?8 Once A Minute Respiratory) starting NS. Concurrently used drugs:
    • Nitrous Oxide
    • Propofol
    • Fentanyl
    Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following of symptoms:
    • Pneumomediastinum
    • Subcutaneous Emphysema
    • Laryngospasm
    • Lobar Pneumonia
    • Respiratory Distress
    This opens a possibility that Oxygen could cause pneumomediastinum and that some male patients may be more susceptible.

    Thermal Burn
    A 65-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms: oxygen supplementation started Oxygen treatment (dosage: Once A Minute-respiratory.) on NS. Soon after starting Oxygen treatment, the consumer experienced several side effects, including:
    • Thermal Burn
    . Concurrently used drugs:
    • Nitrous Oxide
    The patient was hospitalized. This finding indicates that some patients can be more vulnerable to developing Oxygen side effects, such as thermal burn.

    Thermal Burn
    This thermal burn side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 14-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: oxygen supplementation.The patient was prescribed Oxygen (dosage: 2 I Once A Minute Respiratory), which was started on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
    • Nitrous Oxide
    .When starting to take Oxygen the consumer reported symptoms, such as:
    • Thermal Burn
    These side effects may potentially be related to Oxygen. The patient was hospitalized.

    Thermal Burn, Accident, Scar, Injury, Dysphonia, Anxiety
    This is a report of a 39-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: oxygen supplementation, who was treated with Oxygen (dosage: Respiratory, start time: NS), combined with:
    • (nitrious Oxide)
    and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
    • Thermal Burn
    • Accident
    • Scar
    • Injury
    • Dysphonia
    • Anxiety
    which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Oxygen treatment in female patients, resulting in thermal burn side effect. The patient was hospitalized.

    Thermal Burn, Skin Graft, Procedural Site Reaction, Accident
    This report suggests a potential Oxygen Thermal Burn, Skin Graft, Procedural Site Reaction, Accident side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 53-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: oxygen supplementation and used Oxygen (dosage: Once A Minute Respiratory.) starting NS. Soon after starting Oxygen the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
    • Thermal Burn
    • Skin Graft
    • Procedural Site Reaction
    • Accident
    Drugs used concurrently:
    • Nitrous Oxide
    The patient was hospitalized. Although Oxygen demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as thermal burn, may still occur.

    Microstomia, Thermal Burn, Injury
    This Microstomia, Thermal Burn, Injury problem was reported by a health professional from US. A 66-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: oxygen supplementation. On NS this consumer started treatment with Oxygen (dosage: Respiratory). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
    • Nitrous Oxide
    When commencing Oxygen, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
    • Microstomia
    • Thermal Burn
    • Injury
    The patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as microstomia, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

    Myositis, Dysphagia
    This is a report of a 70-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: NA and was treated with Oxygen (dosage: 100% Respiratory) starting NS. Concurrently used drugs:
    • Acetylsalicylic Acid
    • Omeprazole
    • Atenolol
    • Lisinopril
    • Montelukast
    • Salmeterol: Fluticasone
    • Estropipate
    • Vitamin D Nos
    Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
    • Myositis
    • Dysphagia
    This opens a possibility that Oxygen treatment could cause the above reactions, including myositis, and some female subjects may be more susceptible.

    No Adverse Event
    A 42-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms/conditions: NA started Oxygen treatment (dosage: NA) on NS. Soon after starting Oxygen treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
    • No Adverse Event
    Concurrently used drugs: NA. This finding indicates that some female patients could be more vulnerable to Oxygen.

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    Top 10 Oxygen Side Effects for Women

    Women Side EffectsReports
    Dyspnoea 17
    Death 9
    Thermal Burn 8
    Headache 7
    Hypotension 7
    Loss Of Consciousness 6
    Pneumonia 6
    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 5
    Pyrexia 5
    Swelling 5

    Top 10 Oxygen Side Effects for Men

    Men Side EffectsReports
    Dyspnoea 11
    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 7
    Death 6
    Headache 6
    Condition Aggravated 5
    Cough 5
    Hypotension 5
    Nausea 5
    Pneumonia 5
    Asthenia 4

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    Oxygen Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC10006-001
    TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG
    Proprietary NameOXYGEN
    NameOXYGEN
    Dosage FormGAS
    RouteRESPIRATORY (INHALATION)
    On market since19360101
    LabelerAcetylene Oxygen Company
    Active Ingredient(s)OXYGEN
    Strength(s)99
    Unit(s)L/100L
    Pharma Class

    More About Oxygen

    Side Effects reported to FDA: 243

    Oxygen safety alerts: 2014 2013 2012 2008 2006

    Reported deaths: 51

    Reported hospitalizations: 90

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