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Answered 2011-05-09 14:05:59

Oxygen makes you more alert and clear thinking. Navy pilots are required at times to go an 100% oxygen prior to an approach if cruising altitude has been higher than a certain level

If, however, you are a carbon dioxide retainer, excessive oxygen can be fatal. In a CO2 retainer, excessive O2 can cause the respiratory system to slow, and cause a fatal amount of CO2 to build up in the lungs. I have personal experience with this, and nearly over dosed on O2 on one occasion.

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