Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Some Patients Misusing Medication Intended to Treat Symptoms of Sleep Apnea, Other Sleep Disorders


Provigil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to promote wakefulness for those who suffer from diagnosed sleep disorders including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and narcolepsy.

However, a recent segment on the television news magazine Nightline focused on people who are using the medication to maintain alertness and stimulate cognitive enhancement. The piece prompted responses from drug manufacturer Cephalon (a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceuticals) and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine saying that Provigil should only be used as directed and for the approved treatment of daytime sleepiness associated with sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.

There is little evidence that Provigil and similar drugs enhance cognitive abilities, and all medications are accompanied by potential side-effects. As a schedule IV controlled substance, Provigil also has a risk for dependence and abuse.

Provigil is intended to help those with certain sleep disorders manage excessive daytime drowsiness, one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea and other sleep-related medical conditions.

Although Provigil is not a replacement for sleep apnea treatment, it may be used in conjunction with options such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices or custom-made oral appliances.

If you or a loved one suffers from chronic snoring, daytime sleepiness or other symptoms of sleep apnea, please contact IHateCPAP.com to locate a dentist near you who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.

posted by Steve at 8:02 AM