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Re: Does lamictal cause weight gain?

Posted by LostBoyinNCReturns on March 27, 2012, at 13:12:23

In reply to Re: Does lamictal cause weight gain? LostBoyinNCReturns, posted by Phillipa on March 27, 2012, at 9:47:17

> I only took it for a short time and had no weight gain. But Cpap seems to be a trend now. Why do so many stop breathing during sleep? I don't get this? Is your due to snoring? If so isn't there a small operation where they cut some of the ulvea the thing that hangs down on back of mouth? And that in turn stops snoring? Phillipa


CPAP is a "new thing" because it has only been in the last five or six years that it has become a widespread treatment. I suppose insurance companies have figured out it is cheaper to pay for the sleep studies and CPAP gear than later have to pay for the strokes, complicated hypertension, obesity, type II diabetes, heart attacks and treatment resistant mood disorders sleep apnea is responsible for.

Also, there is a lot of money to be made in sleep medicine, so that is one impetus I am sure. But as far as I am concerned, I'd rather my money go to pay for CPAP gear than drugs that are hit or miss and only work about a third of the time.

CPAP, titrated properly, has a good name, it actually works, unlike psychiatric meds.

Snoring is a mere side effect of sleep apnea. You can gauge yourself by asking yourself several questions.

1) Do you snore regularly during your sleep?

2) is your neck circumference 17" or larger if you are male? or 16" or larger if you are female

3) do you feel fatigued, irritable and sleepy during the day?

I have found I get best results combining CPAP with Zoloft. With just Zoloft, I feel absolutely awful. With just CPAP, I feel OK but still dont feel good. When I combine the two, I feel passable, consistently.

People stop breathing during their sleep for three main reasons: 1) being overweight, 2) genetically they have too narrow tracheas and 3) they drink booze at night before bedtime or take other sedating medications (benzos, anti-histamines, etc.) that causes the trachea (airway) to overly relax to the point you are essentially, suffocating in your sleep and experiencing hypoxia.


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