Naltrexone improves blood gas patterns in obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome through its influence on sleep.

Abstract

Endogenous opiates have been shown to depress ventilation, and could therefore play a role in sleep apnoea syndrome (SAS). Hence, opiate antagonists have been used to treat SAS. The improvement they seem to give in blood-gas monitoring could derive either from a direct blocking of endorphins that inhibit respiration or else, indirectly, through an influence… (More)

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