A member asked:
What's a good sleep aide (medicine) for someone with apnea, not on cpap, who's having more trouble than normal falling asleep? diagnosed ~ 6 years ago when ~225 pounds, but found cpap extremely annoying (felt like its pressure was blocking my breathing).
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lina Fineanswered
Sleep Medicine 20 years experience
You : You may wish to try melatonin 3 mg but take it at least 1 hour before bed. If you have sleep apnea, you may wish to consider alternative treatments for sleep apnea which is a conditions that is very important to treat. There a dental appliances specifically made for sleep apnea, surgical options, nasal expiration devices that you may wish to consider or perhaps a lower CPAP pressure. Discuss this with your doctor.
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Dr. G Funarianswered
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 47 years experience
Agree : Agree with dr. Fine that an osa splint may provide some measure of relief. As you found out, weight loss can have a dramatic effect on the severity of the disease. Medications are generally not used in the treatment of sleep apnea because it can depress already compromised breathing.
5.3k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Oct 3, 2016
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