Sleep Apnea - Medications
Doctors generally do not suggest medicines for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). But medicine can help reduce daytime sleepiness when continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is reducing apneas-the number of times you stop breathing at night-but daytime sleepiness continues.13, 14
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved wakefulness-promoting medicines for people who are using CPAP but still have excessive daytime sleepiness:
What To Think About
People with sleep apnea who take wakefulness-promoting medicines should continue using CPAP to treat sleep apnea.