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can a benzo cause sleep apnea and should a benzo be stopped if you develope sleep apnea?

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Dr. Stuart Kanter
20 years experience Geriatrics
Can cause apnea: Benzodiazepines can affect the sensorium and depress respiratory drive usually at higher dosing. These effects can cause apnea which is pause spontaneous respiration. Sleep apnea is a disorder that results in apneic periods while someone sleeps. Benzodiazepines should be used cautiously in all cases, but increased caution if you have sleep apnea.
Answered on Feb 1, 2014
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Sleep apnea: Hello. Benzo's are sleep aids that may not only become addictive but also can suppress respiratory function. Review their usage with your sleep specialist. Other options exist for possible insomnia.
Answered on Jul 19, 2014
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Stop the benzo: Benzodiazepines can worsen sleep apnea physiologically, and can prevent you from awakening as your brain might need you to awaken for oxygenation and elimination of carbon dioxide. They should be avoided in those with sleep apnea.
Answered on Nov 7, 2014

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