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Xanax Helps Sleep Apnea
My doc perscribed Xanax 1mg XR to help me sleep. I am currently being investigated for having "obstructive sleep apnea". Is it safe to take the Xanax?
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
Doc perscribed me very low dose of Xanax to help me sleep. I have possible sleep apnea & low pulse at night from propranolol. Would it be safe?
Xanax & sleep apnea?: You mention "possible" sleep apnea. If, in fact, you don't have sleep apnea, Xanax 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
Is it safe to take .25 or .5 mg of Xanax to help me sleep if I have slightly low potassium (3.2) & potentially sleep apnea (I haven't been diagnosed)?
Seek evaluation: Xanax 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
Benzodiazepines as a: Trratment for sleep apnea are contraindicated because they all, including xanax, 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Suffering from an upper respitory infection. Do to congestion HBP and sleep apnea, im scared to tak my xanex. Is it okay to Take melatonin?
Absolutely: Another benefit to exercise is that it can help get you to sleep faster and perhaps deeper. However, without a CPAP or an oral appliance to help with the sleep apnea, you likely won't adequately recover from the exercise. There is no substitute for an open airway. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Apnea: Apnea is defined as a stopping of breathing- it can be caused by many different factors. Holding one's breath is a form of apnea. Medications can cause it as well. Sleep apnea is cessation of breathing while asleep and can be caused by airway obstructions ( tonsils, adenoids, deviated septum, enlarged uvula, sleeping on ones back allowing the jaw and tongue to drop back and block the airway.). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually: But before final verdict.....Need to know more. ...Read more
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