Re: Oxycontin - Low Oxygen Level - Related?
The meds certainly can cause decreased oxygen levels, any CNS depressant can cause low sat levels. Pain itself can decreasen sat levels if she is breathing shallow due to chest pain or even her back pain. On bad days I have to remind myself to breathe, Not sure why but i tend to hold my breath when im in the most pain and than I have to rememeber one of the many techniques I was tought pror to the use of opiates in pain management. Their are also many sleep docs that wil DX people as opiate induced sleep apnea before even doing the study, once they see a list of meds. I had one guy just go on and on prior to the test and I didnt have apnea, but because I tested at level 1 which is the slightest level of apnea, he told me If I wanted a CPAP, medicare was great at covering them. I told him I dont want a cpap just because medicare will cover it, and ask did he feel I need one and when pressed he said no. My light snoring and handful of times I stopped breathing breathing during the 3 times Ive done sleep studies just didnt rise to the level of requiring a cpap or putting up with all the mess that comes with it.
But a person person with heart issues on a reltively high dose of opiates for an elderly person could certainly be the cause low sat rates. Prolonged low sat rates will lead to increased Red counts and krit levels which also places you at risk for stroke or MI.
good luck, dave
Take care, Dave