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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Paradoxical Respiration

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What does it mean when a child has "paradoxical breathing" during sleep? How is it treated?

What does it mean when a child has "paradoxical breathing" during sleep?  How is it treated?

Chest IN & tummy OUT: In normal young children, both the chest and tummy expand when breathing in. With paradoxical breathing, the tummy expands when breathing in, but the chest gets sucked inward (downward). Paradoxical breathing can be normal in babies & toddlers because their chest cages are still "soft". After age 2-3 years, normal toddlers (without airway restriction) usually don't have paradoxical breathing. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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If someone has a paradoxical reaction to a benzodiazepine, is there usually some sort of underlying cause like a behavioral disorder?

If someone has a paradoxical reaction to a benzodiazepine, is there usually some sort of underlying cause like a behavioral disorder?

No: Like any other paradoxical reaction, it can just happen. It is seen more commonly in children and individuals with developmental delays, like autism or mental retardation, but it can really happen to anyone. It is like drinking alcohol: you can have a happy calm experience or a bad, angry experience. It depends on the individual and the situation. ...Read more

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Can ritalin (methylphenidate) cause paradoxical sedation?

Can ritalin (methylphenidate) cause paradoxical sedation?

Sometimes: Many of my add, adhd patients often react to stimulants with sedation or a calming effect. ...Read more

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Although alcohol is a depressent, can it cause paradoxical anxiety during intoxication?

Although alcohol is a depressent, can it cause paradoxical anxiety during intoxication?

Alcohol intoxication: This depends on the level of alcohol in the blood. At less than 100 mg/dl level, there is impaired coordination & euphoria. At higher levels, there is labile mood, unpredictable behavior & later on respiratory depression & seizures. ...Read more

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What causes paradoxical reactions to benadryl (diphenhydramine). What mechanism ocurrs in the brain that makes the person stimulated rather than drowsy?

What causes paradoxical reactions to benadryl (diphenhydramine). What mechanism ocurrs in the brain that makes the person stimulated rather than drowsy?

Unknown: I've never read an explanation. I'm sure there is one published but i doubt it's proven. It tends to happen more in children thus suggesting that there is inhibition of a disinhibitor. (i.E, mumbo-jumbo!). More to the point: if it happens to you, avoid further use. ...Read more

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Can taking Benadryl actually cause runny nose? Could it cause a paradoxical reaction? I have been taking for year for sleep along with antipsychotics.

Can taking Benadryl actually cause runny nose? Could it cause a paradoxical reaction? I have been taking for year for sleep along with antipsychotics.

? the antipsychotics: rather than the benadryl, you didn't mention which one(s) you are on, be careful, drug-drug interaction is prominent with anti-psychotics, ask your doctor to revise all the medicines you are on, and avoid the dangerous combinations, good luck ...Read more

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Cardiac disorder may cause an effect on the respiration system?

Cardiac disorder may cause an effect on the respiration system?

Yes: The cardiovascular and respiratory system are very closely connected and diseases of one system can affect the other. This is commonly seen in cardiac patients having difficulty breathing. ...Read more