What Kind of Medications Can Cause Central Sleep Apnea?

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Central sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that your breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. When your brain doesn't send proper signals to the muscles that control your breathing, you may get central sleep apnea. There are many conditions that cause central sleep apnea, including being older, heart disorders, stroke and using narcotic pain medications. In terms of medication, using opioid medications, especially long-acting ones such as methadone, may increase the risk of developing central sleep apnea. Keywords: medications that cause central apnea