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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cure of sleep apnea?

Cure of sleep apnea?

No cure: There is high failure rate of surgical procedures for sleep apnea. Best treatment is the CPAP mask adjusted to the right pressure. There are some that automatically adjust themselves for the best pressure. Need to get the most comfortable mask & less noisy machine. Complications of surgery include airway obstruction, bleeding, hematoma, infection, pain, death, dysphagia, velopharyngeal etc...

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Is sleep apnea common?

Is sleep apnea common?

Yes: It has been published that it affects 4% of men and 2% of women, but personally, I think it is much higher. Unfortunately, it has been given lower priority than other medical conditions. That is now changing as we are discovering that is is associated with considerable medical and psychiatric morbidity and even mortality.

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Symptoms if sleep apnea?

Symptoms if sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Fatigue, snoring, daytime sleepiness, stop breathing for a few seconds while sleeping- are a few symptoms of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea, is frequently associated with increase level of hemoglobin and htn. Sleep study is indicated. CPAP will be the treatment of sleep apnea.

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Is sleep apnea reversible?

Is sleep apnea reversible?

Yes: Sleep apnea can have a number of causes, from being overweight to septal deviations. It is best to be evaluated and see what your issues are.

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What is organic sleep apnea?

Just another term: For sleep apnea. There are several types: obstructive, where the air is blocked from getting to your lungs by collapse of your upper airways during sleep, and central sleep apnea where your brain does not send the signals to your lungs to breathe, and the third type which is a mixture of the two. I cannot think of a sleep apnea that would not be organic, because there is no psychogenic sleep apnea.

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What's done for sleep apnea?

What's done for sleep apnea?

R/O OSA: OSA can be suggested by history and physical. Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP EVAL.

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What is done for sleep apnea?

What is done for sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Options for treatment include CPAP. For patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea oral appliances can be used and are as effective as CPAP. Other options are surgery, weight loss,

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How can sleep apnea be cured?

Apnea: Treating the cause, whether obstructive or central apnea. Consult a neurologist.

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What is the cause of sleep apnea?

What is the cause of sleep apnea?

Several: Being over weight is probably the biggest risk factor. A loss of muscle tone in neck muscles as we get older. Heredity undoubtedly plays a role. Having a large tongue. Other contributing factors are an underdeveloped lower jaw, a narrow upper jaw and a high palate. These all tend to block the airway and lead to obstructive sleep apnea. In central sleep apnea the brain doesn't say to breath.

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What are symptoms of sleep apnea?

What are symptoms of sleep apnea?

Snoring: The symptoms are daytime fatigue, snoring, frequent waking, frequency of night time urination, but tiredness during the day very hard to deal with. Get diagnosed by sleep study and treated. Apnea carries risk of heart attack, stroke and other nasty things. Your family doctor can arrange the study and most insurances cover it. You will feel so much better after a good nights sleep.

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What causes you to get sleep apnea?

What causes you to get sleep apnea?

Not just weight: Anatomy is king. Obstructive sleep apnea happens in a small airway "box". The airway can be small if what's in it takes up space or if the box is smaller. Weight gain increases tongue size and the thickness of the side walls of the throat. Tonsils may be large. Small jaw size, often inherited, will increase the risk of osa. Low muscle tone is also a factor.

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Is sleep apnea considered a disease?

Is sleep apnea considered a disease?

R/O OSA: YES IT IS: OSA DX by history and physical. Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to use. ENT CONSULT FOR UPP EVAL.

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How to determine if I have sleep apnea?

How to determine if I have sleep apnea?

NPSG: An npsg is a formal overnight sleep study. You would be monitored for breathing, muscle activity, heart rate, oxygen level and brainwave activity. Typically an ahi (apnea hypopnea index) is calculated to determine if you are positive. A minimum of an ahi = 5 is needed to be positive. An ahi of 5-14 is mild, 15-29 is moderate and >30 is severe.

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What are signs of sleep apnea in children?

What are signs of sleep apnea in children?

Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea in children is a pause in breathing while asleep. Many children who have sleep apnea will snore too. Babies with sleep apnea don't usually snore but may have other developmental problems or may have an illness (like whooping cough or respiratory syncytial virus -rsv) that causes them to become stop breathing. A pause of 20seconds or more is too much - talk to your doctor.

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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