Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does snoring mean I have sleep apnoea?

    Not necessarily. If you are concerned about the quality of your sleep, talk to your 777 Pharmacist.

  • If I suspect I may have a sleep disorder, what do I do next?

    • Go to your local Pharmacy 777 for an assessment of your sleep-related symptoms.

    • If indicated, your Pharmacist will recommend a sleep apnoea screening test. Fees apply.

  • Will I need CPAP therapy every night?

    Yes. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnoea, CPAP therapy is not a cure, it is designed to treat and manage your condition. If you stop using your CPAP device, the symptoms of sleep apnoea will return.

  • Will I ever be able to stop using CPAP therapy?

    Most people will need to use CPAP for the rest of their life. Your Physician has probably recommended some lifestyle changes (such as those relating to weight loss, increased exercise and the avoidance of drugs like alcohol or sedatives).

  • How long will it take me to get used to CPAP therapy?

    For most people it will take 2-3 weeks to adjust to using their CPAP. For some people this can take a lot longer. The key to your success, is to persist and to seek help as soon as you have any problems. Usually the problems are common and can be rectified.

  • Can I claim any money back from a private health insurer?

    Yes. The CPAP machines are covered by most Private Health Insurers. Contact your individual insurer to find out conditions that apply.

  • Will CPAP therapy help me lose weight?

    Sleep Apnoea causes hormonal changes that make weight loss difficult. With long term usage, CPAP therapy reverses these changes and you will find normal weight loss methods more effective. By eliminating the common symptoms of Sleep Apnoea (sleepiness, high blood pressure, lethargy, etc.) you should feel more energised to maintain advised lifestyle changes.

  • Can I travel overseas with my CPAP?

    Most CPAP machines accept international power supplies. Note: never use a transformer, as power surges may damage your machine.
    Some airlines allow CPAP to be used on long haul flights. All airlines have policies for the transportation of medical equipment (usually it is allowed as carry-on baggage).
    Check with your airline at least 2 weeks before flying.

  • Do I need to take my CPAP with me to hospital?

    Yes, your hospital may not be able to provide this equipment and to not use your prescribed CPAP may affect your recovery. It is important that you tell your hospital Doctors, particularly an anaesthetist, that you use CPAP. If you are admitted as an emergency patient, arrange for your CPAP to be delivered as soon as possible.