Even though RESPeRATE does not require a prescription, you should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using the machine. Your healthcare provider can help you determine your blood pressure goals and can help you monitor your progress.
Theoretically, you might be able to stop your blood pressure medication (or decrease the dose) if you successfully use RESPeRATE to lower blood pressure, especially if your blood pressure was only slightly high. However, this potential benefit has not been studied, and the manufacturer of RESPeRATE makes no claims about stopping or decreasing medication. In any case, do not stop your medication or change the dose without your healthcare provider's approval and supervision.
Currently, RESPeRATE costs about $300 for the standard model. You can purchase the machine directly from the manufacturer (from their Web site) or from various retail locations (including many pharmacies). Your insurance might not cover RESPeRATE, although you may be able to use a flexible spending account (FSA) to pay for the device. At this time, most major insurance companies and Medicare do not cover RESPeRATE.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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List of references (click here):
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. 510(k) for the InterCure Ltd. RESPeRATE. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/pdf2/k020399.pdf. Accessed June 19, 2008.
InterCure Ltd. RESPeRATE clinical information brochure. RESPeRATE Web site. Available at: http://www.resperate.com/clinician/sample/Clinical_Information_Brochure.pdf. Accessed June 19, 2008.
InterCure Ltd. RESPeRATE user manual. RESPeRATE Web site. Available at: http://www.resperate.com/support/user_manual_english_blue.pdf. Accessed June 19, 2008.
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