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Is xanax (alprazolam) effective at treating sleep apnea?

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Probably not: Xanax (alprazolam) is really an anti anxiety agent that could help somebody who can't sleep because they're anxious ( but there are much better agents than Xanax (alprazolam) for insomnia ) if you have sleep apnea then Xanax (alprazolam) is not going to be a good option, you'd still feel tired in the morning and definitely will do better with a CPAP or bipap machine, losing weight etc.

Answered 1/12/2019

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No: There are no fda approved drugs for the treatment of sleep apnea. If you are depressed and taking Xanax (alprazolam) and have untreated sleep apnea... Not good. Treating your sleep apnea properly with CPAP may actually help with the depressive symptoms.

Answered 5/2/2018

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No no no: No, medications that make you tired like Xanax (alprazolam) are actually dangerous for patients with apnea. If you have apnea you don't want to take sedatives as these can block your body from responding if you stop breathing while sleeping. Your body need to wake itself up if you stop breathing in order to get you to breath. If you are sedated it may have more difficulty doing this. Same for alcohol - no no.

Answered 11/2/2020

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Benzodiazepines as a: Trratment for sleep apnea are contraindicated because they all, including xanax, (alprazolam) tend to depress our respiratory centers and can be even more depressing and even dangerous in sleep apnea. There are other medications that a physician can use to help sleep problems safely. Over the counter sleep aids when one is on prescription meds should be discussed with the prescribing physician or practitioner.

Answered 6/26/2018

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez answered

Specializes in Geriatrics

No: The real treatment for sleep apnea is the CPAP set up with some mmh2o. All muscle relaxants and medicines that work on muscles ( including xanax, (alprazolam) lorazepam, diazepam, clonazepam, temazepam, etc) may weaken the diaphragm muscle needed to breath properly.

Answered 6/10/2014

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