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Sleep disorders can be improved by taking sleeping drug

Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Treatment for sleep disorders may well be helped by findings of a recent study carried out by the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Researchers have discovered that patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) were more responsive to therapy after taking a short course of the drug eszopiclone.

In a presentation to the American Thoracic Society's International Conference in San Diego that took place yesterday, the scientists found that the benefits were significant but the take-up of the drug was poor among sufferers.

Report author Anita Shah commented: "To date, the only consistently reliable predictor of long-term use has been compliance with CPAP at treatment initiation. Studies suggest that long-term adherence patterns may be established very early in the course of therapy."

Sleep apnea is characterised by pauses in inhalation and exhalation while a person is sleeping.

Snoring is one symptom of OSA but in most cases that individual with the condition is quite unaware they are experiencing disturbed breathing.
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Sleep disorders treatment news : 19/05/2009