Can a Pill Help Your Sleep Apnea?

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Many of us turn to over-the-counter medication for minor ailments, but could a pill claiming to help with sleep apnea actually work or is it possibly harmful?

The Doctors are joined by sleep specialist Dr. Raj Dasgupta, who weighs in on pills which claim to help with sleeping issues.

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Dr. Raj says he had a patient who was using an herbal supplement to treat her sleep apnea, instead of a CPAP machines. Dr. Raj and The Doctors note a pill should not replace a sleep apnea machine as it has to do with the mechanics of your body. Dr. Raj also urges anyone using a CPAP to not stop using it before consulting with your doctor. 

He also warns against pills which claim they will help you wake up in the morning as they can often be filled with time-released caffeine and other stimulants.

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The Doctors and Dr. Raj strongly urge everyone to not rely on the claims of supplements and to always consult with your healthcare provider or a sleep specialist for matters related to your sleep.

Dr. Travis Stork adds, "Whether it is medicine or a procedure -- anything that comes to your health -- if something sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is."