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How severe does sleep apnea have to be to need modafinil?

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Dr. Ranji Varghese
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Interestingly the severity of sleep apnea is not well correlated with severity of the sleepiness.
Modafinil is only used when patients remain sleepy despite adequate treatment of osa. A sleep specialist may perform a special test to determine the level of sleepiness before prescribing.

In brief: Depends

Interestingly the severity of sleep apnea is not well correlated with severity of the sleepiness.
Modafinil is only used when patients remain sleepy despite adequate treatment of osa. A sleep specialist may perform a special test to determine the level of sleepiness before prescribing.
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Dr. Ranji Varghese
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Dr. Jose Medina-Bairan
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: OSAS

It is not the severity of the sleep apnea, but the severity of the symptoms, in this case hypersomnolence, or being sleepy.

In brief: OSAS

It is not the severity of the sleep apnea, but the severity of the symptoms, in this case hypersomnolence, or being sleepy.
Dr. Jose Medina-Bairan
Dr. Jose Medina-Bairan
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Excessive sleepiness

Modafinil is not a treatment for sleep apnea.
It is used when CPAP treatment fails to sufficiently resolve excessive daytime sleepiness caused by sleep apnea.

In brief: Excessive sleepiness

Modafinil is not a treatment for sleep apnea.
It is used when CPAP treatment fails to sufficiently resolve excessive daytime sleepiness caused by sleep apnea.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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