Central sleep apnea

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What is central sleep apnea?

Central sleep apnea results from failure of stimulation by the respiratory centers in the medulla; both hereditary varieties and varieties accompanying other brainstem disorders have been observed. It is distinct from obstructive sleep apnea, which is caused by a blockage of the airway.

Common symptoms reported by people with central sleep apnea

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with central sleep apnea

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BiPAP w/humidifier)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
2
Tried for
central sleep apnea (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(ResMed S9 Elite)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
1
Tried for
central sleep apnea (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
1
Tried for
central sleep apnea (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)

Data from patients with central sleep apnea, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with central sleep apnea

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision fibromyalgia
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BiPAP w/humidifier)
Perceived effectiveness
for central sleep apnea (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
central sleep apnea (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(ResMed S9 Elite)
Perceived effectiveness
for central sleep apnea (1 evaluation)
Side effects
sinus congestion
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
central sleep apnea (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for central sleep apnea (1 evaluation)
Side effects
facial pain
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
central sleep apnea (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
dry mouth esophageal spasms
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with central sleep apnea, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has central sleep apnea on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 2
30s 21
40s 26
50s 41
60s 33
70+ 22
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5
20-29 years 12
30-39 years 11
40-49 years 28
50-59 years 16
60-69 years 5
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 51
Female 102

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 112
Not Diagnosed 5

These charts show data from central sleep apnea patients who have completed their condition history
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