Sleep Apnea Treatment
Medications are generally not an effective form of sleep apnea treatment. However, if nasal congestion is contributing to breathing problems, decongestants may help.
Although there is no cure for sleep apnea, recent studies show that successful treatment for sleep apnea can reduce the risk of heart and blood pressure problems.
Left untreated, sleep apnea can be life threatening. Excessive daytime sleepiness can cause people to fall asleep at inappropriate times, such as while driving. Sleep apnea also appears to put individuals at risk for stroke and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs, also known as "mini-strokes"), and is associated with coronary heart disease, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, heart attack, and high blood pressure.