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A 63-year-old female asked:

can long term use of sleeping pills cause any health problems?

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Dr. Charles Rocamboli
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: However those actually problems will vary upon the medication.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Why doesnt the doctor just give me sleeping pills?

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Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
It Depends....: "sleeping pills" can be used for sleep onset and sleep maintenance insomnia. This can be caused by bad sleep hygiene, which are habits that tend to perpetuate the insomnia. A pill can only help so much if you don't correct the underlying cause. Sleep apnea is another major factor in poor quality sleep. A thorough evaluation is needed before medication should be prescribed.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Are sleeping pills safe to use?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Sleeping pills: Not sure of your age or other medications taken . Best to consult your physician who prescribed them.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Can sleeping pills kill you?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Sleep: Depends on the medicine. Not advised. If insomnia is the issue, see a doctor.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Are there any sleeping pills that are safe to take?

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Dr. John Kirk
Dr. John Kirk answered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
Many options: It seems to always be a challenge to obtain adequate sleep in this stressful life. Medicines are sometimes used. Many are considered safe. Use of benedryl, Ambien and Lunesta (eszopiclone) in their standard doses are considered safe. Avoiding excess alcohol and caffeine as well as using natural options like stretching, yoga, and meditation till be your best choices.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the side-effects sleeping pills?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Big question: The problem is that sleep medications work differently so it is hard to give you the side effects. Typically there are medications used for sleep that are not actually sleep medications but a side effect of the medication is sleepiness (antihistamines and antidepressants) or medications that work on brain (antiseizure, narcotics, sedatives)... Again lots of side effects but all different.

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