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A 47-year-old female asked:

how important are dreams /nightmares important in mental or overall health. do they really play any part at all ?

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Important: Poor sleep is not good for us. Nightmares can disturb sleep. Frequent bad dreams can indicate problems that need to be addressed during the day. There is a lot of woo-woo about what exactly dreams can tell us but basically chaotic sleep can reflect chaos awake. So frequent bad dreams should indicate the need to reassess what's going on in your life, changing what you can, if can't get some help

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Are there drugs for ptsd that will help with the nightmares?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: Certain blood pressure medications called Alpha adrenergic agents, like Clonidine or prazosin, are used to help eliminate nightmares. Also, antidepressants like zoloft, Prozac and Paxil (paroxetine) can sometimes help the nightmares. However, therapy remains the best treatment for ptsd and can help the nightmares in time.
A 41-year-old member asked:

My nightmares are getting more severe and frequent, is something wrong or will I grow out of it?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
? Sleep disorder: Depends on your overall health, medications you are taking, stress in your life, relatinships, what has gone on in your life in the past and use of drugs and alcohol. I would start with my pcp and then see if other physicians are necessary to be seen such as a sleep doctor, psychiatrist, neurologist or other specialist. Lots of factors to consider.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is there anything I can do to stop having terrible nightmares?

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Dr. Daniel Karlin
Psychiatry 12 years experience
Medication Option: I hope that you get psychologically minded options offered here as well, but i did want to offer that there is a medication, originally developed as a treatment for high blood pressure, which has been shown in multiple studies to reduce nightmares in people with post-traumatic stress disorder. A psychiatrist could evaluate your situation and determine if this option is appropriate for you.
Dr. Margarita Krasnova
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Hello, Dr. Karlin, I am working with veterans, and use this medication often. I find it helpful. The only problem, if veteran is older than 50, usually they already precribed medication for prostate enlargement, and we have to choose another option. What is your approach in these cases? Thanks you.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can I stop myself from having a nightmares and waking him up?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Yes: You need an evaluation, sleep study and psychiatric evaluation will help clarify this question.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What could be a cause of constant nightmares?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Nightmares: Several possibilities -- among them, being on medications that are associated with nightmares, such as narcotics, antidepressants, and some antihypertensives. Drug and alcohol withdrawal can cause it. Also nightmares can certainly come with ptsd, anxiety, and depression. Sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome can lead to nightmares as well. See your doctor for help with this problem.

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