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A 20-year-old male asked:

is amitriptyline used to help sleep?

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Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Yes, but...: Yes, it may be prescribed just as a sleep aid, but there are many better choices. Melatonin, Trazodone, Benadryl are safe alternatives. Restoril, Ambien, and Sonata (zaleplon) are alternatives as well but are riskier given potential for abuse, withdrawal, dependence, and daytime sedation the following day.
Dr. Natalie Sieb
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Sometimes: It can definitely aid in sleeping as it has significant drowsy side effects, but is usually prescribed to help with another condition like chronic fibromyalgia pain or other neurological pain like migraines sometimes with the added benefit of also helping you sleep. I'm sure there are some doctors out there who may prescribe it for the sole purpose of being a sleep aid.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: In this situation, it's side effect of sedation is used to aid sleep.

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Which sleeping pills are safe while breastfeeding?

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What might cause heavy snoring during sleep and headaches on waking up?

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A 30-year-old male asked:

Can when I was 16 I was prescribed a barbiturate for sleeping from my dr while I was taking it I had 2 seizures is this possible ?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
It's possible but...: Realize that a person can have a seizure for many reasons. Having a seizure does not have to be related to his medication, his diet, his activities, etc...
A 41-year-old member asked:

Does not sleeping well make it easy to get sick?

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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
Yes: Sleep deprivation has many side effects. I believe that they are similar to smoking, drugs, and alcohol.

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