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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. 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


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Can someone with sleep apnea take a benzodiazepine such as xanax (alprazolam)?

Can someone with sleep apnea take a benzodiazepine such as xanax (alprazolam)?

Advise against it: In general narcotics, benzos or any sedating medications will worsen sleep apnea as it suppresses breathing. Unless you're in a controlled and monitored setting like the hospital, I would not recommend it. ...Read more

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My doc perscribed Xanax (alprazolam) 1mg XR to help me sleep. I am currently being investigated for having "obstructive sleep apnea". Is it safe to take the Xanax (alprazolam)?

My doc perscribed Xanax (alprazolam) 1mg XR to help me sleep. I am currently being investigated for having "obstructive sleep apnea". Is it safe to take the Xanax (alprazolam)?

Not recommended: You should not not take sleeping pills if you have obstructive sleep apnea. The benzodiazepines (Xanax) have been shown to decrease breathing in patients with OSA and increase AHI index. See a sleep specialist for evaluation and sleep study. ...Read more

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Doc perscribed me very low dose of Xanax (alprazolam) to help me sleep. I have possible sleep apnea & low pulse at night from propranolol. Would it be safe?

Doc perscribed me very low dose of Xanax (alprazolam) to help me sleep. I have possible sleep apnea & low pulse at night from propranolol. Would it be safe?

Xanax (alprazolam) & sleep apnea?: You mention "possible" sleep apnea. If, in fact, you don't have sleep apnea, Xanax (alprazolam) is less concerning, as it is a respiratory depressant. While sleep is important to fend off sxs in Gilbert's dz -- good sleep hygiene (sleeping and rising at regular hours, no TV/ iPad 1 hr b4 bed, use the bed only for sleep or sex) - can always help. Talk to your doc about ur concerns and the right treatment 4 u. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take .25 or .5 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) to help me sleep if I have slightly low potassium (3.2) & potentially sleep apnea (I haven't been diagnosed)?

Is it safe to take .25 or .5 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) to help me sleep if I have slightly low potassium (3.2) & potentially sleep apnea (I haven't been diagnosed)?

Seek evaluation: Xanax (alprazolam) is a Benzodiazepine and may be useful for short-term help for sleep. However it may worsen sleep-related breathing disorders such as OSA (Obstructive sleep apnea). It may become habit forming and lead to memory problems, trouble concentrating. Seek evaluation for OSA, hypokalemia, and possible sleep medication. Review sleep hygiene measures. Best regards for relief. ...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?

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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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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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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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


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