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Sleep Apnea Medications (cont.)

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What are common side effects of sleep apnea medications?

Side effects of sleep apnea medicines vary depending on the type of medication. Wakefulness-promoting medications can cause headache, upper respiratory tract infection, nausea, nervousness, anxiety, and insomnia.

Benzodiazepines, barbiturates, hypnotics, and sedatives have similar side effects including drowsiness and dizziness. Other side effects may include stomach upset, headache, weakness, grogginess, dreaming, and mood or behavior changes.

Side effects of nasal decongestants include nervousness, restlessness, or difficulty sleeping.

Where can people find more information about side effects of OTC and prescription sleep apnea drugs?

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Always consult your doctor if you are having unexplained symptoms or questions related to your medications. For more information about side effects of sleep apnea medications, search for the drug and click on the drug's "Side Effects Center" on the top left side of the page.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/2/2014


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