Obstructive and Central Sleep Apnea (cont.)
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There are no specific medications or natural remedies to treat sleep apnea. However, it is important to note that medications for any underlying conditions contributing to sleep apnea are essential to its adequate management.
There have been investigations of some medications for the treatment of obstructive or central sleep apnea, but there are not any conclusive data available at the present to replace the conventional therapy with the medical devices discussed below.
One medication, modafinil (Provigil), has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used as an adjunctive therapy for individuals with persistent daytime symptoms of sleep apnea despite adequate conventional treatment. This medication may help daytime sleepiness in patients with sleep apnea; however, it is not a replacement for CPAP or other modalities.
Temporary treatment for nasal congestion or other reversible and transient causes may also be beneficial when necessary.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/25/2014
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