A 57-year-old member asked:
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i have recently started gasping for air. i also gasp for air when i am on my apnea machine.?

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Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olson answered
39 years experience Psychiatry
Something is up: Gasping suggests central apnea, medicine effects, or pulmonary disease. Many meds can cause respiratory suppression including opiates, benzodiazepines, antidepressants esp ssri's, and any medicine for that matter - best defined by the chronology of its introduction and the onset of symptoms. The set on CPAP could be off and as well consider anxiety as a potential cause.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Daniel Acosta Jr
Specializes in Psychiatry
Gasping? OSA?: If you are asking why you're still gasping for air even with your CPAP or bipap, then either you need an adjustments to your settings or there are other factors than obstructive sleep apnea (osa) occurring that your provider needs to address or explain.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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