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Why do sleep aides (benadryl, ambien, sonata (zaleplon) ,lunesta, prosom, elavil) not work for me?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marc Zimmermann
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Different: Everyone is different. It also depends upon why you are having difficulty with sleep. If you suffer insomnia talk to your doctor about this. There are many medications that can be used for this disorder.
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 42 years experience
INSOMNIA: Getting good night's sleep is important for physical & mental health. Insomnia might be due to several reasons. Have a physical exam to rule out illness. If cleared consult with a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in multiple types of psychotherapy that helps you benefit from medication prescribed by a Psychiatrist. If uncomfortable with your Dr. seek 2nd opinion. You may need a sleep study.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sleep medicines: If you have been on this many sleep medications, that's problematic. Don't know if you developed tolerance over time or if there are things that are causing your insomnia. Recommend a thorough evaluation by a sleep medicine specialist.

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Last updated Feb 1, 2021

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