Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sleep Apnea and Qnexa

Some medications and sleep apnea don’t mix. Sleeping pills are definitely a no-no because of how it relaxes the muscles inside your throat blocking your airway. But there is an experimental weight loss drug that has been shown to ease the effects of sleep apnea, the medication is QNEXA.

Being overweight or obese is common with people who suffer from sleep apnea. The excess weight especially around the neck and the excess tissue blocks the airway causing the airway to be blocked resulting in the interruption of your sleep.

It has also been known that losing weight has been shown to help reduce sleep apnea if not stop it completely. Unfortunately when you have sleep apnea you usually don’t have the energy to exercise which is vital to losing weight.

Qnexa is an anti-obesity drug manufactured by Vivus, Inc. A 28 week study was done on 45 obese sleep apnea patients in 69% of the participants sleep apnea was reduced due to weight loss and a greater concentration of oxygen.

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