British Lung Foundation

Inhalers & Apnea

Inhaled corticosteroids such as fluticasone may quell the symptoms of asthma, but a recently published University of Wisconsin-Madison pilot study suggests that in some people, these inhaled drugs make the throat and tongue more floppy, promoting sleep apnea.

Physicians are learning that patients with asthma more often have sleep apnea – a breathing disturbance often marked by snoring. It had not been fully appreciated how asthma, which primarily affects the lungs, could cause sleep apnea, which occurs when the throat and soft palate relax so much they block the airway.

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Very interesting :) x


Thank you that is interesting, would love to give up my Cpap machine x


Thanks, very interesting although only with 18 patients.



Thank you for sharing Chris, very useful to know as I have recently been diagnosed with asthma and prescribed a steroid inhaler to be used indefinitely...



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