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is it safe to take pain pills plus sleeping pills as a senior?

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Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
It depends...: Sleeping pills and many (but not all) pain pills have the potential to cause sedation, wooziness and unsteadiness, among other things. Taking them together can magnify these effects. So while it is sometimes necessary to take both, try to limit how much and how often you do this. Check with your doctor to find out if the particular medications you have can cause these effects.
Dr. Samuel Miles
Psychiatry 47 years experience
It depends...: Be sure that all your doctors. Know all the medication you are taking, including over the counter and herbal remedies.

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