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In recent months, I have developed extreme dry mouth as a result of the CPAP.  I am a mouth breather when using CPAP.Recently, I saw an advertisement for the symptoms of dry mouth, but as usual, when I need the information to have a discussion with both my primary care  physician and my dentist I haven't seen the ad. Has anyone else seen the ad and can anyone remember the info in the ad?Thanks in advance,DanSee More
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ZolliStar replied to Fred's discussion CPAP - cure worse than the disease
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CPAP - cure worse than the disease

It's ironic that before I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2000, I had no problem sleeping 8-9 hours a night. If I did wake up during the night, I had no problem falling right back to sleep, and I wasn't tired during the day.From the first night I brought home the CPAP I haven't had one decent night's sleep. Not one. I don't have any problem falling asleep, but I can't stay asleep. At first I was waking up after 4-5 hours and couldn't get back to sleep for a couple of hours. Now it's more like…See More
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I'm not sure what's causing it but when using my CPAP with a humidifier, I wake up numerous times with a out of control cough. So now instead of my snoring waking my wife up, I wake her up with a nasty cough. The cough is so bad that I have to remove the CPAP and go sleep in another room. One way or another I'm not solving my sleep apnea problem. Somebody please offer a solution, I'm constantly exhausted and can't take it anymore!

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Cpap tends to focus air more intensely so maybe you are getting a bigger dose of allergens. Do you use the humidifier. Maybe you are drying out. I have allergies  and ashtma and so keep a cough drop in the drawer of my bedside table. Calms the cough. And yup, go to sleep with it in my mouth. In many, many years, I've never once choked on one.

Thanks for your reply. I'm thinking maybe too much humidity because I feel like I'm swallowing some fluid or maybe it just seems that way. I was going to try cutting the humidifier moisture level down. What do you think?
I can try the cough drop. I'll respond to which method works if any.
Thanks

It's possible that it does need to come down. I have mine all the way up because my nose stays so stuffy.

Alan Gurwitz said:

Thanks for your reply. I'm thinking maybe too much humidity because I feel like I'm swallowing some fluid or maybe it just seems that way. I was going to try cutting the humidifier moisture level down. What do you think?
I can try the cough drop. I'll respond to which method works if any.
Thanks

Depending on the humidity level where you live, you may not even need the humidifier.  To use it in just passover mode turn it off and just let the air pass over the water- you may need less humidity.  If you're having to move to another room take the CPAP with you- I know it's a lot of trouble.  Maybe temporarily set up in another room until you get the caough under control.

I'm quite sure Upstate NY is dry in the winter. I tried the cough drop technique and it did not help. I am still coughing too often to sleep well and disturbing my wife. I can take the CPAP in another room but I'm still not sure whether to increase or decrease the humidity. I will experiment.
Thanks.

That's the logical thing to do.

Alan Gurwitz said:

I'm quite sure Upstate NY is dry in the winter. I tried the cough drop technique and it did not help. I am still coughing too often to sleep well and disturbing my wife. I can take the CPAP in another room but I'm still not sure whether to increase or decrease the humidity. I will experiment.
Thanks.

Benadryl is somewhat of a cough suppressant and will also help you sleep.  A vist to the doc may be in order if this doesn't start to clear up.  The only thing you can do with the humidifier is start at a point and move up or down until you find the sweet spot. The humidifier and cough may not be conected though.

Get the humidified version.  If already have it, there is eucalyptus oil that can be added to your water or to your pad.  Says not to add stuff to your cpap but you will have to be frugal with the application  I can imagine one or two drops would go a long way and purchase quality vs quanity.  Oh also you could be allergic to the WHITE cpap filter.  I know I am.  Cant use it, I can only use the black filter.

Keep in mind that anything you add to your humidifier you will be breathing.  Nothing but distilled water is recommended. The aromatherapy pads are fine.

Well, night before last, I woke up with a coughing fit that took two hours out of my sleep. Grrrr. Given that this has happened the last few nights, I decided that despite the humidity keeping my nose clear, perhaps I was having too much of a good thing. I turned it down a notch from 5 to 4 and no coughing or choking at all. I was a bit stuffier but not so I couldn't breathe.

Alan Gurwitz said:

I'm quite sure Upstate NY is dry in the winter. I tried the cough drop technique and it did not help. I am still coughing too often to sleep well and disturbing my wife. I can take the CPAP in another room but I'm still not sure whether to increase or decrease the humidity. I will experiment.
Thanks.

Tell me about the aromatherapy pads. I'm not sure what you are talking about with all the congestion I experience, it sounds interesting.

Mary Z said:

Keep in mind that anything you add to your humidifier you will be breathing.  Nothing but distilled water is recommended. The aromatherapy pads are fine.

I do have acid reflux. However I have been on Omeprazole (generic form of Prilosec) prescription and CPAP for quite sometime and have-not coughed until recently. I take one Omeprazole in the morning and one at bedtime. I don't get heartburn anymore so I assume it is working. I did not know that CPAP can make acid reflux worse. I guess I need to look into that. Thanks.

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