Pharmacological Treatment for Snoring

A combination of drugs can also be a treatment for severe snoring habits, for example the use of pseudoephedrine and domperidone.

Pseudoephedrine for Snoring

Pseudoephedrine is used as a treatment for nasal congestion caused by colds and allergies, healing and reducing swollen mucous membranes in the nose. It can be use oral or as a topical decongestant (applied directly into the nasal passages), but both with there own side effects. Taking the drug orally reduces the likelihood of rebound congestion (the reliance on the nasal decongestant can in the long run cause the membranes in the nose to congest permanently until surgically removed), but oral consumption can induce hypertension, sweating and anxiety in some cases. The drug can be administered over a course or in a single dosage, the former having a more long term impact on sinus and nasal congestion, while the latter delivers more immediate results. The use of pseudoephedrine will have an improvement on those who suffer from nasal based snoring, those affected by dust in their pillows, allergies or pet hair, and reduce the possibility of inhaling through your mouth at night.

Dangers of Sleep Altering Drugs

Some anti-snoring drugs are used to try and help the sufferer from reaching the deep REM stage of sleep, in which the muscles in the upper airway can relax and cause vibrations. By avoiding REM then, these drugs make sure that the muscles in your throat do not over-relax during sleep. The importance of REM sleep should not be miscalculated though, and exists because it part of the body’s overnight restorative process, without which we can suffer from emotional and psychological side effects.

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