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Medication May Control Symptoms of Sleep Apnea at Higher Altitudes

By December 26, 2012

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People who travel to higher altitudes may notice an exacerbation of their sleep apnea symptoms, but, according to a new study, a combination of the medication acetazolamide and auto adjusted «-PAP may alleviate these symptoms.†Acetazolamide is a diuretic medication, (a medication that causes urination), which is used to prevent altitude sickness as well as to treat other conditions such as glaucoma. A study performed by researchers in Switzerland and published in JAMA found that individuals with sleep apnea who took acetazolamide and used an auto-adjusted C-PAP had better night time oxygenation and subsequently felt more awake during the day.

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January 7, 2013 at 11:35 pm
(1) Vivian Becnel says:

There are combination treatment for sleep apnea and i hope it will work. Of course, different individual would mean different reaction to treatments.

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