Treatments for Sleep Apnea
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The goal of treatment for sleep apnea is to decrease the frequency or completely eliminate episodes of breathing interruption.
Treatment may involve the following:
A number of drugs have been investigated for use in treating sleep apnea. ]]>Modafinil]]> (Provigil) has been used to reduce sleepiness in people with daytime sleepiness. ]]>Omeprazole]]> (Prilosec) is another medication that has been used to reduce the number of apnea attacks.
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Last reviewed August 2008 by ]]>Elie Edmond Rebeiz, MD, FACS]]>
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