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Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Sleep apnea has two causes. It may be 'central' or 'obstructive'. Central apnea occurs as a disorder in the way the brain controls breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common and involves an anatomical blockage of the airway. Usually, the tongue blocks the airway, preventing the passage of air between the a sleep study is needed to diagnose particular ...Read more


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I have lots of trouble sleeping, take meds for depression.What kind of exercises can I do so i can sleep for 8hrs straight?

I have lots of trouble sleeping, take meds for depression.What kind of exercises can I do so i can sleep for 8hrs straight?

Sleep hygiene: Try not to exercise up to 5 hours before you sleep. Yoga, meditation and pilates are best to assist with sleep hygiene. Also try not to drink any caffeinated drinks up to 6-7 hours before taking to bed. ...Read more

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I'm writing my medical exams and I need to overnight. Are there any pills that can stop sleep? With No side effects? Help me

I'm writing my medical exams and I need to overnight. Are there any pills that can stop sleep? With No side effects? Help me

Sleep: Sleep is extremely important for you in high stress situations and trying to memorize large amounts of information. For your age at least 7-8h of good quality sleep are required. You need to relax and have also moderate intensity physical activities to help handling the time pressure. ...Read more

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Are there any medicines that can stop snoring? Nasal strips and sleeping on my side aren’t working. I don’t really want surgery. Is there anything else i can try?

Are there any medicines that can stop snoring? Nasal strips and sleeping on my side aren’t working. I don’t really want surgery. Is there anything else i can try?

Hello. This : Hello. This answer depends on wether or not you have sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, then there are no current medications that work. If you dont have sleep apnea, and you just snore and you are snoring because your nose is congested from allergies, then using nasal sprays or antihistamines can help snoring.. First step to treating snoring is to find out if you have sleep apnea. Thanks. ...Read more

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I suffer with TMJ are there any other meds except for diazepam that can help me?

I suffer with TMJ are there any other meds except for diazepam that can help me?

Meds short term: Meds manage pain and spasm short term. Fora long term solution, fix the problem with your bite. ...Read more

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Is there any medication i can take for paralysis?

Is there any medication i can take for paralysis?

No: There are no specific medications that addresses chronic paralysis but limb rehabilitation has made some great advances in providing some functional recovery utilizing modern technology. Have your doctor refer you to a good physical medicine rehabilitation doctor. I hope this answer helps. And if you have already looked into this unsuccessfully then i apologize. ...Read more

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Is there any medicine I can take for depression?

Is there any medicine I can take for depression?

Sure are BUT: First things first...whose diagnosis are you stating that you're depressed? Was there a solid and reasonably indepth workup to see that you actually fit the major criteria for such a diagnosis. And why take medication when other ways or means to resolve your problems exist? ...Read more

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Is there any over-the-counter medication i can use to sleep all night long?

Is there any over-the-counter medication i can use to sleep all night long?

Melatonin can be: Helpful. Also, use good sleep hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable >>. ...Read more

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Are there any medicines or suppliments I can take for neagtive symptoms of schizophrenia?

Are there any medicines or suppliments I can take for neagtive symptoms of schizophrenia?

Quite a few.: There are many anti-psychotic medications combined with antidepressants that can help you. You should take vitamins and minerals as a dietary supplement with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Psychotherapy with your medications is also very beneficial. ...Read more

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I think I have insomnia. Are there any any ways (without meds) to help me fall asleep?

I think I have insomnia. Are there any any ways (without meds) to help me fall asleep?

Sleep hygiene: Here are some suggestions: (1) try to exercise at least 20-30 minutes a day; (2) avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol; (3) relax before bed; (3) if possible, wake up with the sun, or use very bright lights in the morning; (4) don't lie in bed awake (get up and relax a while); (5) control your room temperature (keep it cool). ...Read more

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What can I do for anxiety other than prescription drugs? Are there any herbs that help?

What can I do for anxiety other than prescription drugs? Are there any herbs that help?

Valerian and kava: Both of these herbs will help with anxiety management. Usually available as teas at the local grocery. ...Read more

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What are some lifestyle changes that can help fight insomnia? Are there things i can do at home, without medication, to help my insomnia? .

What are some lifestyle changes that can help fight insomnia? Are there things i can do at home, without medication, to help my insomnia? 

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Sleep hygiene : Good sleep hygiene is critical to relieving insomnia. 1) go to bed each night at the same time and get up each morning at the same time, at least seven hours later. 2) avoid large meals before bedtime. 3) don't do anything in bed except sleep or sex. No gadgets. 4) if you awaken, leave bed for a comfortable chair and read in soft lighting until tired and return to bed. Get up at prescribed time. ...Read more

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Any meds I can take over the counter for my depression and sleep??

Any meds I can take over the counter for my depression and sleep??

See your doctor: Unfortunately, there's no quick OTC med fix for depression and sleep difficulty. Both can be complicated and the result of many factors. You would do well to speak honestly to your pcp for guidance. He/she would know if there were health issues or tests that might be done to properly diagnose. Your pcp would also be able to refer you to a mental health professional which may be helpful. Take care. ...Read more

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What are some over-the-counter meds i can take for nocturia?

What are some over-the-counter meds i can take for nocturia?

No, but...: In reality, there is no effective OTC pills for improving nocturia but AZO (phenazopyridine) may help ease nocturia to a degree if it is induced by UTI or OAB or IC. For more on nocturia, go to article in http://www.formefirst.com/Nocturia.html. For other related issues about urination, go to articles listed in http://www.formefirst.com/onBPH-LUTS-VoidingTrouble.html. More? Contact me. Best wish.. ...Read more

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Are there any herbal supplements that I can take to treat my leishmaniasis symptoms?

Are there any herbal supplements that I can take to treat my leishmaniasis symptoms?

Possibly: There are no perfect treatments. Anti-viral and anti-fungals have been helpful in some patients. Herbal supplements like clove, thyme, and oregano which have anti-viral and anti-fungal activities could help if ingested. Topical vit d oil might be beneficial. Check blood 25-oh vit d 3 and see if it is low. Topical or oral coconut oil which is both anti-viral and anti-bacterial might be helpful. ...Read more

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Are there any OTC medications that I can take for hyperpigmentation?

Are there any OTC medications that I can take for hyperpigmentation?

Hyper pigmentation: hello, depending on the location, a short course of OTC mild cortisone cream may help. Use it sparingly 2-3/day for no longer than 14 days. A skin care specialist may recommend a laser treatment like we use in our office. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are there natural meds that I can take to help with insomnia?

Are there natural meds that I can take to help with insomnia?

See your doctor: I recommend consulting your doctor before starting any natural remedies as insomnia can be a symptom of another condition, such as depression, anxiety or sleep apnea. You should go to bed at the same time every night, get some sunlight and exercise during the day, and minimize your intake of caffeine, stimulants and alcohol. Taking magnesium, calcium, zinc, melatonin, or valerian may help. ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central ...Read more


Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

A condition in which you stop 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