Obstructive Sleep Apnoea 

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is associated with the following short term symptoms…

Night time Symptoms:

  • Loud persistent snoring
  • Witnessed pauses in breathing
  • Choking or gasping for air
  • Restless sleep
  • Frequent visits to the bathroom

Day time Symptoms:

  • Early morning headaches
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Poor Concentration
  • Irritability
  • Falling asleep during routine activities

….and if untreated, may increase the risk of long term consequences, such as

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
Diagnosis

The probability that you have OSA can be assessed using simple screening methods. However, an overnight diagnostic test will be necessary to confirm a diagnosis of OSA and evaluate its severity.  This test can be carried out in your own home, and is now available at Hardings Pharmacy (the Murrumba Downs pharmacy specialises in this field). Please click for more information about our Sleep Apnoea Tests.

Treatment

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the recommended treatment for OSA. CPAP will prevent your upper airway from collapsing during sleep by providing a flow of air through your nose/face using a mask.  Regular CPAP use may help reduce the health consequences of OSA.  We now have a large range of CPAP machines and accessories, come in to our Murrumba Downs store to find out more.

Education

Understanding OSA and its treatment will help you successfully manage this condition.

PERSONALISED CUSTOMER SERVICE

When you walk into a Hardings Pharmacy you will be greeted by caring and friendly pharmacists and pharmacy assistants who are willing to help you with every-day health issues. For more in-depth advice, our pharmacists will sit with you in private to discuss any issues or concerns you might have in relation to your medications, illness or chronic-disease. We can also advise you on ways to stay healthy!