The goal of treatment for sleep apnea is to decrease the frequency or completely eliminate episodes of breathing interruption.
A number of drugs have been investigated for use in treating sleep apnea. Modafinil has been used to reduce sleepiness in people with daytime sleepiness. Omeprazole is another medication that has been used to reduce the number of apnea attacks in those with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Treatment for sleep apnea includes:
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NINDS sleep apnea information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/sleep_apnea/sleep_apnea.htm. Updated December 28, 2010. Accessed June 3, 2013.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated May 23, 2013. Accessed June 3, 2013.
Position statement: surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea. American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery website. Available at: http://www.entnet.org/content/surgical-management-obstructive-sleep-apnea. Accessed June 3, 2013.
Last reviewed June 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
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