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Doctor insights on: Any Chance Of Unusual Behavior From Taking Ambien For Sleep Apnea

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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

Apnea is a symptom in which a person stops breathing for a period of time (about 10-20 seconds) and then starts breathing again. Babies can get apnea from some types of infections. Adults can have sleep apnea, often related to loud snoring and some ...Read more


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I just took 2 pills of Ambien (zolpidem) to overcome my insomnia. I also have moderate obstructive sleep apnea. How safe is this dosage 20 mg.

I just took 2 pills of Ambien (zolpidem) to overcome my insomnia.  I also have moderate obstructive sleep apnea. How safe is this dosage 20 mg.

Unsafe: your history and oversose on ambien (zolpidem) are both bad for sleep tablets used with a pt with OSA. seek medical attention as it suggests on the label as well as a better discussion of your med history and med issues with your past and future ambien (zolpidem) prescribers ...Read more

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Can't keep eyelids open at various times during the day. Central sleep apnea treated with vpap. Don't feel tired. 6.25 mg Ambien (zolpidem) cr. Apnea related?

Can't keep eyelids open at various times during the day. Central sleep apnea treated with vpap. Don't feel tired. 6.25 mg Ambien (zolpidem) cr. Apnea related?

Tiredness: May want to repeat the sleep apnea test and see if there is over treatment or under treatment may want to do mwt or mslt to rule out other sleep disorders also, rule out medical conditions, psychiatric conditions, sleep hygiene etc. ...Read more

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Can you take Ambien (zolpidem) for sleeping pill, knowing theat you were diagnose with sleep apnea? Would it have a side effect?

Can you take Ambien (zolpidem) for  sleeping  pill, knowing theat you were diagnose with sleep apnea? Would it have a side effect?

Apnea still there: A major concern is still death. If you have an obstruction while you sleep that can prevent quality or deep sleep, the risk of dying still exists, and may be worse. By taking ambien, (zolpidem) you are forcing sleep and may prevent you from waking up from the obstruction. You should treat the problem, not the symptom. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get obstructive sleep apnea, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get obstructive sleep apnea, or is it unusual?

Lots of people do: 24% of men and 9% of women 30-60 years of age in the USA will qualify for OSA if allcomers are studied by an overnight sleep study. If only people who complain of daytime sleepiness are included, then the number drops precipitously to: 4% of men and 2% of women. Still, a pretty high prevalence, isn't it? ...Read more

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My 4month old snores and wakes her self up choking, what are the chances of her having sleep apnea like i do? She also has reflux too

Sleep Apnea: If your child even has 1 episode an hour of sleep apnea treatment is recommended. I would not wait at all, referral to have a sleep study in a children's hospital setting would be my first priority. ...Read more

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My son snores loud, his dad has sleep apnea.Is there a chance he has apnea as well?Should I have his tonsils/adenoids checked, does these cause snoring?

My son snores loud, his dad has sleep apnea.Is there a chance he has apnea as well?Should I have his tonsils/adenoids checked, does these cause snoring?

Yes: Depending on your son's age, i would absolutely get his to your family doctor. He may then possibly be referred to an ENT specialist. Early attention to his problems can hopefully allow him much better health as he gets older. I would also help him avoid become obese, which can further hinder success. ...Read more

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Can taking naps make you sleep apnea worse or better> ?

Can taking naps make you sleep apnea worse or better> ?

Irrelevant: Sleep apnea will affect the sufferer regardless of the time or duration of the sleep period. Some of my worst sufferers complain that they are exhausted, but can't take a nap because the oxygen deprivation makes them feel worse. Osa needs to be treated with an airway splint: CPAP or dental device. Asap. ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea just start happen if u never had the problem be4 or r u born with it?Just want to no all the info i can get

Can sleep apnea just start happen if u never had the problem be4 or r u born with it?Just want to no all the info i can get

Yes and no: Sleep apnea can happen after severe nasal trauma if it causes an airway obstruction. Most of the time, it is because of any airway obstruction. There are certain risk factors. If you are concerned about it, you should first take the epworth sleepiness scale. Also, you can see a sleep specialist and/or get a sleep study. http://www.somnowell.com/online-tests/epworth-sleepiness-scale. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Literally it is stopping breathing during sleep. There are 2 main types. Obstructive the most common. Central the less common. When people speak about sleep apnea they usually refer to obstructive where you cannot breathe due to ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more