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What are the best sleep medications for someone with anxiety

A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kristi Woods
22 years experience in Pediatrics
Melatonin: Melatonin for sleep only; Diphenhydramine is also a reasonable choice and readily available (most otc sleep aids contain it.).

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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
43 years experience in Psychiatry
Need more info.: Difficult to answer without a history of your symptoms, what's been tried in the past, etc. Did someone diagnose "panic attacks during sleep" or is th ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michio Abe
25 years experience in Internal Medicine
OTC supplements: There is no best otc supplement that works universally for anxiety, depression and sleep. You could consider taking vitamin d, omega 3, and magnesium. ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Enrique Madrigal-segura
53 years experience in Psychiatry
Useful combination: Ask your doctor if there is no medical or presence any other psychiatric disorder contraindicating starting a serotonergic medication (Sertraline, Flu ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Sleep medications: are potentially addictive, have a variety of side effects that can impact daytime functioning & don't address the cause of the insomnia, so they a ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
19 years experience in psychiatry
No "best" medication: People respond to medicine differently. Prozac may work for one person's depression but not anothers. Ssri's (i.e. Zoloft, (sertraline) celexa, lexapr ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Ament
57 years experience in Psychiatry
BEST?: The best are the ones that help you. Hopefully a good psychiatrist can pick the ones most likely to help. But medications don't cure this - good psych ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Coping: Be supportive without taking on the other person's issues. It is not your responsibility to cure another's depression. Encourage that person to get p ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Fisher
33 years experience in Neurology
Wrong question: The question is, what would be the best care plan, treatments & medications FOR YOU? There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for almost any nontri ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Actually: Although it might seem to some like it wouldn't work - I have had great results mixing Buspar (buspirone) & melatonin. Prazosin can be used off l ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
36 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
"Just do it": Exercises can't cure asthma; but those in good aerobic condition have less work of breathing, less minute ventilation, + are less likely to trigger br ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience in General Surgery
Low-Fat Diet: The presence of gallstones does not warrant any specific rx unless they are responsible for symptoms; if so, the most effective way to treat them is t ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
26 years experience in Family Medicine
Depends: The answer is complex, with the age of the child playing a role. There are stimulant medicines (ritalin, etc) and non-stimulant medicines (strattera ( ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience in Clinical Psychology
PTSD, anx & depress: Medication MAY play a role in helping you w/your symptoms but you raise the probability of getting better a great deal if you get some individual ther ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carla Enriquez
49 years experience in Pediatrics
Many choices : There are many treatment alternatives for OCD & depression. Depression is easier to treat than ocd. Most of the medications that help, depression ar ... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Glad you asked: I'll defer to the psychiatrists (i'm not one) for their answer. But i wanted to chip in... (1) finding the right medication for an individual patient ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Kuhnley
44 years experience in Child Psychiatry
Medications for ADHD: May contribute to insomnia but adhd itself may do so. Proper treatment of adhd may eliminate sleep problems that are from adhd. If meds (stimulants li ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
2 neuroleptics are: FDA-approved for irritability in kids age 6-17 with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Abilify (aripiprazole) & Risperdal. They also help with the anxie ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience in Pediatrics
No meds: Rather than medication get help from a speech therapist.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Panic: Ssris do help most times, such as zoloft, lexapro, (escitalopram) etc.
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Dr. James Eyerman
46 years experience in Psychiatry
Dissociation: There are no great drugs for treatment of dissociation. Prazosin has been found to help with PTSD nightmares and overall sxs in veterans and has the m ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Remeron (mirtazapine): Remeron, trazodone or seroquel (quetiapine) are viable options, to be reviewed with your doctor.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Sleep: Refer to diagram.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience in Psychiatry
Evaluation first: The key word here is not so much "control, " but to understand and treat, your depression. You may or may not need medication. Psychotherapy alone m ... Read More
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