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Should someone with sleep apnea take hydrocodone?

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5 doctors agree

In brief: In general...

...Opiates will suppress breathing even further, and make apnea worse.

In brief: In general...

...Opiates will suppress breathing even further, and make apnea worse.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
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Dr. Mike Deldar
Dentistry - Cosmetic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Consult with your Dr

Depend to your sleep apnea severity.

In brief: Consult with your Dr

Depend to your sleep apnea severity.
Dr. Mike Deldar
Dr. Mike Deldar
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Dr. Donald Jacobson
Also depends on whether patient is suffering more from obstructive or central sleep apnea.
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: NO

Hydrocodone is a narcotic which depresses respiratory drive.
Use extreme caution with apnea.

In brief: NO

Hydrocodone is a narcotic which depresses respiratory drive.
Use extreme caution with apnea.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: No

Try to avoid the narcotic/hydrocodone, as this will cause the airway to relax.
Worsening the sleep apnea.

In brief: No

Try to avoid the narcotic/hydrocodone, as this will cause the airway to relax.
Worsening the sleep apnea.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Dr. Ronald Achong
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