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Can medications cause sleep apnea?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Unlikely

If someone has airway obstruction and bad snoring they can have something called "upper airway resistance syndrome" or "pre-apnea.
" sedatives or narcotics can make someone with this condition worse leading to true apnea.

In brief: Unlikely

If someone has airway obstruction and bad snoring they can have something called "upper airway resistance syndrome" or "pre-apnea.
" sedatives or narcotics can make someone with this condition worse leading to true apnea.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Narcotics are a classic example of medications that can cause sleep apnea (central).

In brief: Yes

Narcotics are a classic example of medications that can cause sleep apnea (central).
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Contribute

Perhaps not cause but exacerbate.
Examples are alcohol, sedatives and narcotics.

In brief: Contribute

Perhaps not cause but exacerbate.
Examples are alcohol, sedatives and narcotics.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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