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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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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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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?

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 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 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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What do you advise if I'm on 20 mg of viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) and have sleep apnea. I've do this nightly will it make my viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) less effective?

What do you advise if I'm on 20 mg of viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) and have sleep apnea. I've do this nightly will it make my viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) less effective?

FATIGUE WITH OSA: UNLIKELY , get OSA TREATED.PROVIGIL AND NUVIGIL help with fatigue and brain fog. Also get labs checked especially TFTS. adderal/Ritalin/Starttera may also be of use .Start a gluten free diet focus on weight loss .Wholeapproach.com gut loss.com. If CPAP/BIPAP is poorly tolerated seek ENT CONSULT for UPP vs Hyoid suspension. Especially given your age, seek a good ENT consult. ...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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Define mild sleep apnea?

Define mild sleep apnea?

Gasping for air: Sleep apnea is defined as complete (apnea) or partial obstruction (hypopnia) of the airway during sleep. Typical signs and symptoms are snoring, wake up gasping for air, and excessive daytime sleepiness. Diagnosis is made by a sleep study (polysomnogram) and the main parameter of diagnosis is ahi (apnea-hypopnea index). Mild sleep apnea ranges from 5-10 ahi. ...Read more

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Who can have sleep apnea?

Who can have sleep apnea?

Anyone: Anyway can have sleep apnea. Young/old, male/female, obese/underweight, healthy/multiple medical problems. There are a lot of risk factors you wouldn't think about including smoking, reflux and congenital deformities even when repaired (cleft palate). ...Read more

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What is obstructive sleep apnea?

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

OSA: Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when breathing stops (apnea) during sleep usually as a result of a temporary obstruction such as a narrowing and closing in the oropharynx. When the brain detects that breathing has stopped, an alarm goes up that wakes the person so that he starts breathing again. Often the person does not know why he has woken. An observer may note snoring or gasping in the night. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose sleep apnea?

Sleep Study: The only way to diagnose sleep apnea is through a overnight test called a polysomnogram. ...Read more

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How do you control sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea.: The only way to tell if you truly have sleep apnea is by doing a sleep study. If you have suspected sleep apnea, it is a good idea to try to lose weight if you are heavy to see if that solves the problem. If it does not, then a sleep study may be necessary. If that confirms sleep apnea, wearing a mask with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) while sleeping usually helps. Good luck. ...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