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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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Could someone take imovane with sleep apnea?

Could someone take imovane with sleep apnea?

Not typically: Imovane is a central nervous system depressant prescribed as a sleep aid medication (. Because imovane can worsen symptoms of respiratory disorders, people with sleep apnea, emphysema, asthma or bronchitis may not be able to safely take imovane.

Never take any sleep aid without the supervision of a physician. Read more

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Please explain what happens if someone takes zopiclone when they don't have sleep apnea?

Please explain what happens if someone takes zopiclone when they don't have sleep apnea?

Sleep: This is a sleep aid and contributes to stage 2 sleep primarily. If someone has sleep apnea they will often continue to wake up due to low airflow or decreased oxygen, if not generally will sleep more but may not have as deep sleep. Read more

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If someone has 'hypoxemia' and is receiving oxygen, why would they need to be tested for sleep apnea? Wouldn't the oxygen take care of the apnea?

If someone has 'hypoxemia' and is receiving oxygen, why would they need to be tested for sleep apnea? Wouldn't the oxygen take care of the apnea?

Perhaps.: The hypoxemia may be related to sleep apnea. No, if you have sleep apnea, either the airway is blocked (obstructive) or you don't breath (central). In either case, sleep studies are indicated. Read more

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If you have sleep apnea, should you take dilaudid?

If you have sleep apnea, should you take dilaudid?

No: In general narcotics 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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Is it safe to take methadone having sleep apnea?

Is it safe to take methadone having sleep apnea?

Maybe: Opioid meds may have an affect on sleep apnea so I would talk this over with your doctors. Read more

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Is it safe for me to take a dose of benedryl is I have mild sleep apnea?

Is it safe for me to take a dose of benedryl is I have mild sleep apnea?

FATIGUE WITH OSA: Provigil/ nuvigil/adderal/Ritalin/Starttera. Start a gluten free diet WEIGHT LOSS IS CRITICAL. Wholeapproach. Com gutbliss. Com. If CPAP or BIPAP is poorly tolerated seek ENT CONSULT for UPP/ vs Hyoid suspension. Limit use of sedatives/hypnotics like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) /ambien/lunesta/rozerem. D/W your doctor all options if RLS is present neurontin/Topamax may help. Read more

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Can't sleep more than3-4 hours. Have sleep apnea and use machine nightly. Ca't take unison etc. Makes me to drowsy in the am. Two months now.

CPAP-MAD combo: (CPAP) is considered to be the treatment of
choice for sleep apnea. Mad (mandibular advanced devise) is oral appliance and a viable alternative with growing use, particularly in patients with mild/moderate sleep apnea. Combination CPAP and mad could be the answer in your case.
Rec. See an orofacial pain doctor specializing in dental sleep medicine. Read more

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Why can you no longer take Valium when you have sleep apnea?

Why can you no longer take Valium when you have sleep apnea?

IT MAKES IT WORSE: Any sedatives including valium, alcohol or sleeping pills can make sleep apnea worse.
All benzodiazepines have the same effect and are adviced not to be taken at night if you suffers from sleep apnea. Read more

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I have sleep apnea. Can I take klonopin (clonazepam) to help?

I have sleep apnea. Can I take klonopin (clonazepam) to help?

No: In general narcotics 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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How long does it take for you to feel a difference when using a cpap machine for sleep apnea?

How long does it take for you to feel a difference when using a cpap machine for sleep apnea?

Depends: It depends. Some people feel an immediate effect, others take time. It does depend on how severe the apnea is too. Continue to use CPAP and follow up with your sleep physican for compliance and to make sure the pressure is adequate to treat your apnea. Read more

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Have sleep apnea, can't wear cpac, awake 4 hrs a day sleep rest, gave adipex no results. What can I do or take to help me.

Have sleep apnea, can't wear cpac, awake 4 hrs a day sleep rest, gave adipex no results. What can I do or take to help me.

CPAP alternatives: There are many alternatives including: oral appliances, surgery, weight loss and changing certain habits (e.g. avoid alcohol or eating near bed time). See your PCP for consultation. Oral appliances may be an effective treatment option for you. Read more

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If a child's sleep apnea caused developmental delays, the problem was solved with a t&a, how long would it take for them to catch up?

If a child's sleep apnea caused developmental delays, the problem was solved with a t&a, how long would it take for them to catch up?

Hard to say: To the extent that a child is unrested, lack of attention may cause them to fall behind their peer group in many areas of development. Improvement in their sleep quality may allow for catch-up progress over time, but this is hard to predict. If the child had other ongoing issues, or the sleep apnea was bad enough to produce some impairment, a return to normal may be difficult. Read more

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How long does it take for sleep apnea to cause hypertension? I am a 24 y old and I have hypertension. Should I have a sleep study for sleep apnea?

Maybe: Do you have other signs or symptoms such as snoring, grinding your teeth, day time sleepiness, morning headaches, overweight, greater than a 15" neck, diabetes, lack of concentration, memory problems? If yes, then you should talk to your doctor. Sleep apnea is the #1 cause of hypertension. Read more

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Removing my tonsils for sleep apnea: will I have a lot of pain and how long will it take to recover?

Removing my tonsils for sleep apnea: will I have a lot of pain and how long will it take to recover?

8-9/10 pain: Tonsillectomy is a painful surgery : (sorry... I tell my patients that they will drop about 15 pounds from not wanting to eat... That can be :) or : (depending on the circumstance. If you need your tonsils out... You need your tonsils out... No point in sugar coating the truth. Read more

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My fiance sleeps a lot! Had sleep test, no sleep apnea. Takes anti depresent meds and iron pills for animia. What could b the problem?

Depression: In the absence of an obstructive sleep disorder, excessive sleeping is strongly correlated with depression. Would consult md to see about iron levels as well. 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


Hydrocodone (Definition)

Hydrocodone or dihydrocodeinone is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from two naturally occurring opiates: Codeine or thebaine. It is an orally active narcotic analgesic and antitussive. It is available in tablet, capsule, and syrup form. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain or as an antitussive to treat cough. Hydrocodone affects pain by ...Read more