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





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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