What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is an interruption in breathing while a person sleeps causing their breathing to pause. This can occur many times during the night. Sleep apnea untreated can lead to other conditions such as hypertension. Symptoms include daytime tiredness, headaches, loud snoring, waking up gasping for air, and dry mouth.

Treatment for sleep apnea includes medication, using a CPAP machine during sleep, and surgery. A common drug class used to treat sleep apnea is the sympathomimetic-like agents drug class.

Savings Tips for Sleep Apnea

  • Generic Nuvigil for Narcolepsy Now Available

    July 07, 2016

    There can be many reasons for excessive tiredness—but for some people, it can be due to an underlying medical condition. Narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and shift-work disorder can significantly affect your quality of life. Thankfully there are medications that can help—including Nuvigil (armodafinil) and Provigil (modafinil).

    Now, there is also good news for anyone taking Nuvigil—its generic, armodafinil, has been approved, and is in pharmacies now. See More

  • Provigil vs Nuvigil: Which Is Better for Daytime Sleepiness?

    September 09, 2015

    If you work the night shift and struggle to stay awake, or if you have daytime sleepiness from sleep apnea or other sleep disorders, you may have wondered if a medication can help you feel more alert.
    For excessive daytime sleepiness, Provigil and Nuvigil are first-line treatments. Provigil (the generic is modafinil) and Nuvigil are non-stimulant medications—but what does that mean? How do they work? And is one better than the other?
    How do Provigil and Nuvigil help keep you awake if they aren’t stimulants?

    • Most likely, Provigil (modafinil) and Nuvigil enhance dopamine signaling (meaning they make your body more sensitive to dopamine, a neurotransmitter than can promote wakefulness).
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  • Wake Up! Provigil and Nuvigil, Relief from Fatigue

    July 19, 2013

    Folks with fatigue from obstructive sleep apnea or neurologic illnesses like multiple sclerosis see improvement in fatigue with Provigil and Nuvigil, but at a cost. Fatigue is a common complaint and a remedy may be worth paying money for.

    Modafinil (Provigil) acts on the central nervous system, although the mechanism for its effect is unknown. It is used as therapy for the treatment of excessive daytime sleepiness that persists in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who have fatigue despite therapy (wearing the CPAP mask). See More

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Popular Sleep Apnea Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Sympathomimetic-like Agents 66 See Prices
Sympathomimetic-like Agents 59 See Prices
Central Nervous System Stimulants 765 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

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