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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. 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


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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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My doc perscribed Xanax (alprazolam) 1mg XR to help me sleep. I am currently being investigated for having "obstructive sleep apnea". Is it safe to take the Xanax (alprazolam)?

My doc perscribed Xanax (alprazolam) 1mg XR to help me sleep. I am currently being investigated for having "obstructive sleep apnea". Is it safe to take the Xanax (alprazolam)?

Not recommended: You should not not take sleeping pills if you have obstructive sleep apnea. The benzodiazepines (Xanax) have been shown to decrease breathing in patients with OSA and increase AHI index. See a sleep specialist for evaluation and sleep study. ...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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What is Xanax (alprazolam) for?

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What is Xanax (alprazolam) for?

Xanax (alprazolam): An intermediate-acting benzodiazepine, it is used more often for panic disorder. ...Read more

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What are Xanax (alprazolam) prescribed for?

What are Xanax (alprazolam) prescribed for?

ANXIETY: Xanax (alprazolam) is usefulin reducing anxiety. However, if anxiety is a problem, the cause of the problem is important -because when you know how something works and why, you can dosomething about it. Work out what this is about in therapy and maybe you won't need the xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

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What is half of a 0.5 milligram xanax (alprazolam)?

What is half of a 0.5 milligram xanax (alprazolam)?

0.25 mg: 0.5 mg/2 = 0.25 mg; 0.25 mg+.0.25 mg = 0.5 mg ...Read more

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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


Xanax (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine which is a kind of sleep-inducing drug ...Read more