A 34-year-old member asked:
i have sleep apnea. can i take klonopin (clonazepam) to help?
3 doctor answers • 9 doctors weighed in
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
Bad choice: May make it worse.
Sleep study is indicated to find a diagnosis and cure.
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
No!: Klonopin (clonazepam) will sedate you and allow you to go to sleep but it may significantly worsen your sleep apnea. This could be very dangerous.
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
No: In general narcotics or any sedating medications will worsen sleep apnea as it suppresses breathing. Unless you're in a controlled and monitored setting like the hospital, I would not recommend it.
Last updated Aug 17, 2017
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