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Is Xanax (alprazolam) effective at treating sleep apnea?

Is Xanax (alprazolam) effective at treating sleep apnea?

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. ...Read more

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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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Is somnapure effective at treating sleeping disturbances?

Is somnapure effective at treating sleeping disturbances?

Unclear: This is not a fda approved drug for insomnia and hasn't been studied in a rigorous manner. It is considered a food supplement that is generally regarded as safe, but efficacy is lacking from scientific studies. ...Read more

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How effective are cpaps at treating obstructive sleep apnea?

How effective are cpaps at treating obstructive sleep apnea?

Extremely: CPAP that is is properly fitted by therapists who know what they are doing is extremely effective. ...Read more

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Is weight loss effective at treating sleep apnea?

Is weight loss effective at treating sleep apnea?

Yes: Weight loss is a corner stone of the treatment in sleep apnea. Returning the body mass index to a normal range can lead to an improvement, if not even the cure of sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea surgery effective?

Is sleep apnea surgery effective?

Sleep apnea: Some surgeries are more effective than others. Te most important part is the diagnosis to see where the problem is. Jaw advancement is shown to have great results. This surgery opens up the posterior airway. ...Read more

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How effective is restoril (temazepam) in treating insomnia?

How effective is restoril (temazepam) in treating insomnia?

Effective: Restoril (temazepam) can be a good short-term treatment for insomnia. It has been on the market for decades so its risks are well known. ...Read more

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Is surgery effective to treat obstructive sleep apnea?

Is surgery effective to treat obstructive sleep apnea?

Yes if Multi-Level : Multi-level surgery has been shown to be more effective than traditional methods. Depending on the severity of osa, treating the palate/tonsils in combination with the base of tongue and/or sinonasal obstruction is quite successful in reducing patient symptoms and osa severity. Latest minimally-invasive techniques has reduced pain. 50% success is based on old uppp-alone surgical data. ...Read more

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Is "Provent Therapy" from sleep apnea as effective as a CPAP or at least 50% effective, compared to CPAP?

Is "Provent Therapy" from sleep apnea as effective as a CPAP or at least 50% effective, compared to CPAP?

Provent therapy: Cpap is the gold standard and the most effective. Pro ent can help in mild apnea but really is not that effective for moderate to severe apnea. Maybe you should contact an ent who does sleep apnea surgery if you are not tolerating cpap. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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Is trazodone effective for sleeping?

Is trazodone effective for sleeping?

Yes: I see my colleagues endorse trazodone only cautiously, but i've had good success with it in my practice. It's non-addictive (unlike many sleep aids), the dose is easily adjustable, and it's long-acting, so it gives a full night's sleep. It's not quick-acting, so best to take it a little ahead of bedtime. Side effects are rare in my experience. ...Read more

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Is the sleep provided by mirtazapine remeron considered restful sleep or is it restless sleep? considered real sleep or is it a drug induced coma?fake

Remeron (mirtazapine) is used: to treat depression, so it depends on why you’re taking it. Without knowing more about the underlying reasons for your sleep problems, if they’re related to depression for example, it’s hard to say whether or not this will give you restful sleep. Remeron is not a sleep med but is sedating; it treats depression, which can treat insomnia that is related to depression. ...Read more

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Is tryptophan effective for sleep?

Is tryptophan effective for sleep?

Tryptophan: Tryptophan is an Amino Acid that can be bought over-the-counter without prescription and helps some people with sleep. It is in high content in some foods such as turkey and high consumption can have the same effect. The research evidence is mixed and it does not meet the criteria of the fda for treatment of sleep problems. However, given that it is generally very safe it is probably worth a try. ...Read more

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Help please! is apnea the same disorder as sleep apnea?

Help please! is apnea the same disorder as sleep apnea?

Apnea: Apnea is defined as a stopping of breathing- it can be caused by many different factors. Holding one's breath is a form of apnea. Medications can cause it as well. Sleep apnea is cessation of breathing while asleep and can be caused by airway obstructions ( tonsils, adenoids, deviated septum, enlarged uvula, sleeping on ones back allowing the jaw and tongue to drop back and block the airway.). ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?

Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?

Here we go?: No, not related. Treatment is with a c-pap machine are others as you listed. Care is directed by someone trained in sleep disorders. You can have COPD and other lung diseases but not related to sleep apnea. Together, they are difficult. ...Read more

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Dr prescribed 50mg zoloft (sertraline) for depression, 80 mg propranolol for panic and .5 clonazepam for sleep from insomnia. Not sleeping. What otc sleep aid safe

Dr prescribed 50mg zoloft (sertraline) for depression, 80 mg propranolol for panic and .5 clonazepam for sleep from insomnia. Not sleeping. What otc sleep aid safe

Otcs are safe: But that is not to say that they work well. Before trying one, consult your prescriber to give feedback that the clonazepam is not working. ...Read more

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I have sleep apnea what is the safest dosage of trazodone for insomnia?

I have sleep apnea what is the safest dosage of trazodone for insomnia?

Safest is none: I am concerned when sleep apnea and sleeping meds are used in the same sentence. You don't mention if your apnea is being treated. Do you routinely use a cpap? Why the insomnia? Things to consider include caffeine intake, regular exercise, bedroom darkness, temperature . Consult with the sleep specialist who diagnosed your apnea for advise with the insomnia. They know the severity of your apne. ...Read more

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Is Rozerem (ramelteon) an effective sleep medication?

Is Rozerem (ramelteon) an effective sleep medication?

For some, yes: A frequent answer to questions on the Internet, and one which I think applies here, is "YMMV" ("your mileage may vary"). As with many medicines, which are helpful for some and not helpful for others, it often comes down to a "therapeutic trial" to see how it might help, and also to see what kind of side effects it might cause. Melatonin, similar in action to Rozerem, (ramelteon) might be worth a try. ...Read more

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Is there any medication for obstructive sleep apnea?

Is there any medication for obstructive sleep apnea?

See your PCP: Many treatment options are available for obstructive sleep apnea. The recommended therapy for sleep apnea depends on its severity, which is usually determined by a sleep study or examination. See your PCP for evaluation and referral for sleep study and management. ...Read more

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Is taking .25 mg alprazolam nightly for aiding sleep a risk?

Is taking .25 mg alprazolam nightly for aiding sleep a risk?

Yes: In my opinion, Alprazolam (xanax) is a horrible drug. It is rapidly absorbed but short acting, which means it wears off and often results, like alcohol, in awakening in the middle of the night and having even worse insomnia. Insomnia is not a diagnosis - it is a symptom of something else. You are far better off talking with your doctor about the reason for the insomnia to find specific treatment. ...Read more

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Effexor (venlafaxine) 225mg, propanolol 80mg, and hydroxyzine 50mg at night. Is this an effective cocktail to treat depression/anxiety?

Effexor (venlafaxine) 225mg, propanolol 80mg, and hydroxyzine 50mg at night. Is this an effective cocktail to treat depression/anxiety?

Cocktail?: All antidepressants are equally effective for different people. Effexor (venlafaxine) also has good anti-anxiety effects. To know whether a particular medication will be effective for you, will be a process of following your progress with your doctor. Psychiatrists are skilled at selecting medications for people, following progress, and adjusting as needed. Hoping you'll soon be feeling better! ...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. Alan Ali
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Alprazolam (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system . So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight , dentist or other infrequent anxieties, ...Read more