Cocaine abuse and sleep apnea in severe obesity

Paolo Marzullo, Mirta Menegatti, Gabriele Guzzaloni, Paolo Fanari, Elvira Uccelli, Maria Antonella Tagliaferri, Gianluca Aimaretti, Antonio Liuzzi

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Obesity is a cause of sleep breathing disorders that result in excessive daytime sleepiness. We describe the adaptive strategy used by an obese person who started to snort cocaine to remedy incoercible drowsiness affecting his working financial skills. Clinical workup documented severe sleep apnea, which was treated by noninvasive ventilation and resulted in withdrawing cocaine abuse. Undiagnosed sleep disorders may trigger surreptitious psychostimulant abuse in vulnerable individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-295
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Addiction Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013


  • Cocaine abuse
  • Obesity
  • Sleep apnea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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