Absolute Contraindications

Do not use HBOT or mHBOT if you have:

  • A history of treatment with certain drugs (including, but not limited to): bleomycin (tradename Blenoxane), cisplatin, disulfiram (tradename Antabuse), doxorubicin (trade name Adriamycin), and mafenide (tradename Sulfamylon)
  • Untreated Pneumothorax

Relative Contraindications

Use caution using HBOT or mHBOT if you have:

  • Asthma
  • Cardiac Insufficiency
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Claustrophobia
  • Congenital Spherocytosis
  • Epidural Pain Pump
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • High fever
  • Pacemaker
  • Pregnancy
  • Seizure history
  • Upper Respiratory Infection

Possible Side Effects

  • Barotrauma to the ear/sinuses (minimized with ear clearing techniques)
  • Fatigue (usually temporary)
  • Oxygen toxicity (rare, especially using lower pressures)
  • Certain drugs/substances may be metabolized differently, affecting dosing
  • Changes or worsening of cataracts (usually with higher pressures)
  • Increased nearsightedness (can be temporary; usually with higher pressures)
  • Herxing: Very ill patients may experience herxing after the first mHBOT treatment. They may briefly experience fever, chills and fatigue, which go away after a few treatments. Most patients feel better after a treatment