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Will medications that treat anxiety help my sleep apnea?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: None

There are no fda approved medicines for the treatment of sleep apnea.
If you have apnea, the first line treatment is cpap. It is a serious medical problem that should be treated...

In brief: None

There are no fda approved medicines for the treatment of sleep apnea.
If you have apnea, the first line treatment is cpap. It is a serious medical problem that should be treated...
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Donald Jacobson
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

In fact, if it is a benzodiazepine medication it can actually make it worse.
Also, if it is a medication that causes weight gain it can worsen it. Ssri medications can also fragment your sleep, but will not worsen your apnea per se. Alcohol definitely worsens sleep apnea.

In brief: No

In fact, if it is a benzodiazepine medication it can actually make it worse.
Also, if it is a medication that causes weight gain it can worsen it. Ssri medications can also fragment your sleep, but will not worsen your apnea per se. Alcohol definitely worsens sleep apnea.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Dr. Peter Hahn
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No.

Depends on the class.
Benzodiazepines (e.g., lorazepam, clonazepam) relax the upper airway and can make obstructive sleep apnea worse. Previously, studies were done to see if ssris might be helpful in osa by decreasing rem sleep. However, these were not conclusive and we do not use these specifically to treat osa.

In brief: No.

Depends on the class.
Benzodiazepines (e.g., lorazepam, clonazepam) relax the upper airway and can make obstructive sleep apnea worse. Previously, studies were done to see if ssris might be helpful in osa by decreasing rem sleep. However, these were not conclusive and we do not use these specifically to treat osa.
Dr. Peter Hahn
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