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How do medications treat central sleep apnea?

Only rarely are medications given to treat central sleep apnea. If you are going somewhere at a very high altitude, your doctor may suggest the prescription drug acetazolamide to prevent central sleep apnea. Some cases of sleep apnea are caused by medical conditions that can be treated with drugs. Or your doctor may suggest avoiding opioids, which can trigger sleep apnea. Follow your doctor's recommendations about your treatment.

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