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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


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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

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