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Question Why Acetazolamide in Sleep Apnea!

I just don't understand why should we use acetazolamide which is a carbonic anhydrase diuretic in the treatment of sleep apnea?
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Acetazolamide and theophylline are respiratory stimulants. They are indicated in central sleep apnea only to stimulate the respiratory drive. They are not indicated in obstructive sleep apnea.
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Acetazolamide and theophylline are respiratory stimulants. They are indicated in central sleep apnea only to stimulate the respiratory drive. They are not indicated in obstructive sleep apnea.
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What are the methods to manage central sleep apnea?? i got Acetazolamide and Theophyline

what else?
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Yes if you think about it without even referring to a book, acetazolamide basically is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor that causes metabolic acidosis. In effect: respiratory alkalosis and respiratory stimulation. That's probably why it's given in sleep apnea.
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What about trycyclic antidepressants? is it used in treating sleep apnea (central)
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