A one-a-night tablet could put a stop to your partners snoring, say experts.
The pill, code AD109, apparently eases the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).
The condition causes the throat muscles to relax and narrow when sleeping.
This leads to loud snoring and breathing which stops and starts.
It affects around two million Brits, which is no small number.
Now, if your partner is a heavy snorer you’ll be pleased to hear that the new drug could put a stop to the thundering racket.
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American scientists have created a capsule which reduced snoring by up to 74% in clinical trials.
That’s far fewer sleepless nights to contend with.
The pill contains two medications which are already used – atomoxetine and oxybutynin.
The first increases a brain chemical called noradrenaline which improves concentration.
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It’s currently used to treat ADHD, but experts believe it could stimulate the release of cells which keep airways working.
Scientists think it also reduces the risk of the airways closing during sleep.
The second drug is an incontinence drug which limits muscle spasms in the bladder.
Pros think it could work to control the tongue and stop it blocking the throat – this sometimes leads to snoring.
Two years ago, a study by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts found that giving snorers a combo of the drugs reduced snoring overnight.
Some patients went from 30 breathing interruptions a night to seven.
That’s a 74% reduction.
Plus, blood oxygen levels increased as the patents drew more air into their lungs.
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The two drugs have now been combined into one pill by the firm Apnimed and is being put through clinical trials.
Dr Neil Stanley, an independent sleep expert and a member of the British Sleep Society, told the Daily Mail: "These are interesting preliminary findings and the reduction in symptoms is very promising.
"But more research is needed to see if the effect is sustained."
Unfortunately, the drug is not without risk.
Oxybutyin is known to cause cramps, dry eyes and drowsiness in some users while atomoxetine is linked to depression and suicidal thoughts.
If you or your partner are suffering because of snoring then see your GP to discuss treatment options.
You should not combine medication unless given the express permission of your doctor.
See the NHS website for more information.
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