Conclusions

The various adjunctive and alternative therapies discussed in this chapter are summarized in Table 1. In general, pharmacologic therapies as sole treatment of OSA have not been successful and/or have substantial side effects and are not recommended.

TABLE 1 Summary of Alternative/Adjunctive Treatments of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Treatment

Advantages

Disadvantages

Comments

Behavioral (i.e., avoid smoking, sleep

May have other health benefits

Will rarely eliminate OSA

Advised in everyone with OSA

deprivation, sedatives, alcohol;

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