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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
50 years experience Dentistry
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Preparations containing Diphenhydramine (benadryl) seem to be most effective as an otc sleep aid. Melatonin and tryptophan are also effective.
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
45 years experience Travel Medicine
Would not advise: Trazodone dose is normally adjusted to improve sleep; adding a separate sleep aid makes it difficult to figure out when you have achieved the best dos ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Sleep: Need assessment to find out the cause of your insomnia so you can treat it. If primary insomnia is determined to be the cause, and your doctor approve ... Read More
Dr. George Arcos
38 years experience Pain Management
Alteril: Agree that causes such as obstructive sleep apnea , and medication interactions should be checked. The best over the counter sleep aid, according to ... Read More
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Dr. Karen Butler
21 years experience Family Medicine
No: You need to follow the directions. Now the best thing to do is to see your doctor. Discuss your sleep issues and let your doctor tell you the best opt ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ryan
50 years experience Dentistry
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Preparations containing Diphenhydramine (benadryl) seem to be most effective as an otc sleep aid. Melatonin and tryptophan are also effective.
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ken Levin
Dr. Ken Levin answered
44 years experience Radiology
Probably not: It is not a good idea to take a sedative medication without discussing it first with the anesthesiologist performing your anesthesia.
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Yes....: It is ok....
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Allison Greco
9 years experience General Practice
See your doctor: Over the counter sleep-aids like melatonin & Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are only effective for certain types of sleep disturbances. There are prescrip ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Greenhut
43 years experience Preventive Medicine
Bedtime rituals: Do relaxing things before going to bed. Don't exercise within 2-3 hours of bedtime. Keep tv and computer out of bedroom. Room should be dark and cool. ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Xanax (alprazolam): Depends on the dose & timing of the xanax (alprazolam). Occasional use of sleep aid might be ok, but talk to your prescribing doc. First.
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