What is the difference between BiPAP and CPAP?

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Hi, I have COPD and severe emphysema and sleep apnea, so I'm on oxygen 24 hours a day. I was wondering if anyone knows what the difference is between the two devices I use (NIV and CPAP)?

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What is the difference between BiPAP and CPAP?


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What is niv

What is the difference between BiPAP and CPAP?


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@breathe_easy what is niv

What is the difference between BiPAP and CPAP?


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@Spiderswebs399 I think it's also called BiPAP

What is the difference between BiPAP and CPAP?


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What's a bipap

What is the difference between BiPAP and CPAP?

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@breathe_easy Hi breath-easy, thank you for opening this discussion. For those who may not already know, NIV (Non-Invasive Ventilation) is also sometimes referred to as "BiPAP". Let me tag a few other members who may be familiar with the difference between the two.

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Do you uses a CPAP or BiPAP (NIV) device? Do you know what the difference is between the two? Do you prefer one over the other?
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What is the difference between BiPAP and CPAP?


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I also use bipap. Bipap uses two different pressure settings - a higher one during inspiration, and a lower one during exhalation, making it easier to exhale. CPap uses the same pressure setting during both phases of respiration.

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@Colleen4300 Thank you for giving us that great explanation Colleen. I'd heard there was a difference but I wasn't sure what it was. Sorry if this is a basic question, but is there a reason why one would be prescribed over the other? It seems like most people are prescribed CPAP, right? ????

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