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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 27 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.
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Dr. Mohammed Younus
32 years experience
Not particularly: There are no particular meds to target night mares in ptsd however when it is treated appropriately one can expect night mares to resolve along with other symptoms ptsd. Common meds used to treat ptsd are ssris, benzodiazepines etc. Cbt psychotherapy is helpful as well.
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Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Prazosin : Prazosin (an Alpha blocker), image rehearsal therapy, systematic desensitization, and progressive deep muscle relaxation training are suggested for treatment of ptsd nightmares.
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Dr. Sherry Broadwell
Clinical Psychology 24 years experience
Yes: As a psychotherapist, I have observed that nightmares are most effectively alleviated by a combination of medication (such as those mentioned already), and therapy. I encourage patience because there is generally not a quick fix. As other symptoms of PTSD abate, however, nightmare frequency/intensity tends to subside as well. Best wishes
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Please help! what helps with nightmares?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Start with a: Comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. This can address possible underlying medical issues. Psychotherapy can be helpful. Treating any underlying psychiatric illnesses is critical (i.e., depression or ptsd). Prazosin is used off label for nightmares and can be very beneficial. Sometimes a sleep study ; sleep medicine referral is indicated. Take care.
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Last updated Aug 3, 2016

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