Hi, my hubby has severe copd lung function 16% but was not allowed home oxygen because of retaining carbon dioxide. Last August, September, October, I had to call an ambulance as his SATs had gone so low.
Last December he saw his consultant, and he prescribed phyllocontin 225mg one tablet twice a day. Again we asked for an appointment for ambulatory oxygen assessment as it was getting ridiculous calling an ambulance each month.
Consultant agreed to refer him but said he was worried about hubby retaining carbon dioxide.
In February, 2015 he went for the oxygen assessment and it was discovered he was not retaining carbon dioxide. So now hubby has oxygen at home to use as and when necessary and has helped so much. So far, not had to phone for an ambulance as SATS are ok most of the time (drop a bit at times but a bit of oxygen sorts that out.
Might be a coincidence but we wondered if the phyllocontin stopped him retaining carbon dioxide. Anyone experienced this.