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Drug Therapy Cure For Snoring

Posted by on Wednesday, November 25, 2009, 14:11
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The medical profession is currently studying the use of drug therapy to cure snoring and sleep apnea. Nasal congestion can cause or aggravate snoring. Over the counter nasal decongestant drops and sprays may clear your nasal passages allowing you to breathe easier for a while.

But with repeated use, these membranes lose their ability to react, remaining in a permanently swollen, congested state. We therefore recommend that decongestant drops or sprays be used for no more than two or three consecutive days.

Here are some impressions of some available products to relieve congestion and cure snoring.

Drugs That Open Nasal Passages

Saline spray to moisten mucous membranes are widely available, containing nothing more than salt water. They have no ill effects on your nasal mucous membranes. A word of caution here: Don’t make your own spray.

Synthetic cortisone nasal spray have proven extremely valuable for treating seasonal hay fever as well as perennial nasal allergies, often reducing the snoring which accompanies the increased congestion. In my opinion, these medications are simple and safe to use.

Progesterone. During pregnancy and certain phases of the menstrual cycle, a women’s rate and depth of breathing increases. Researchers have been able to produce a similar effect in men by giving them progesterone. This drug, therefore has been prescribed for certain types of slep apnea. It works, in theory, by stimulating the breathing center in the brain and by redistributing body fat.

Acetazolamide This drug acts on the kidneys, stimulating respiration by increasing blood acidity. This chemical reaction is known as metabolic acidosis.

Theophylline Frequently prescribed for asthma, this drug stimulates breathing by its effects on the respiratory center in the brain stem.

Drugs That Promote Wakefulness

Amphetamines Although they have no direct effect on sleep apnea, stimulants can provide symptomatic relief from excess daytime sleepiness. They should be prescribed for short periods only, when other medical therapies are unsuccessful or for patients who refuse any type of mechanical or surgical treatment.

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