Sleep Apnea Pain Meds

Can pain Meds like Oxycodone or OxyContin cause sleep apnea or aggravate it?

Many different medications can interfere with sleep and exacerbate sleep apnea, alcohol is the most common. It’s also important to treat pain because untreated pain can ruin sleep. Talk to your doctor about pain meds and sleep apnea. This is not only a medical question it’s a sleep medicine question.

Tips and Notes about Pain Meds and Sleep Apnea

  • Different meds can interfere with sleep and make sleep apnea worse, including alcohol
  • Treat pain because untreated pain can also ruin sleep
  • Talk to your doctor about pain medication and sleep apnea

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Who should I talk to if I am having difficulty adjusting to CPAP therapy?

The first place to go is to your CPAP equipment provider. They have experience with helping new patients who have difficulty adjusting to CPAP therapy. If you still need help, contact your physician so that he or she knows what you are going through and can recommend counseling or a mild medication.

Read everything that you can about sleep apnea. Good information is a powerful incentive and often helps inspire people to be patient and persistent. It takes time to adjust to CPAP therapy but it’s worth the effort. Also, learn more about relaxation and practice relaxation exercises when going to bed with your cpap machine so that the mind/body is more comfortable and falling asleep happens quicker and easier.

You might want to talk to a hypnotherapist who can help you to make gentle adjustments to your thinking and get beyond any phobia-like responses.

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