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What are the pros & cons of Nitazepam as a sleep medication?

What are the pros & cons of Nitazepam as a sleep medication?

How about what are: the Con's to using nitrazepam as a sleep medication? It is a benzodiazapine. You can develop a tolerance to this class of medications. This is NOT a HEALTHY choice for a sleep aid. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Nitazepam - sleeping medication, how is this?

Nitazepam - sleeping medication, how is this?

Nitrazepam: This is long acting sedative and like many other medications in this group, works well for short term but should be avoided for long term use. Dependence is a common problem. They also become ineffective over time, if used continuously. ...Read more

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How do you feel about sleeping medications?

How do you feel about sleeping medications?

Not good: But sometimes necessary. When young insomnia is a sign of overall poor health but in the declining years it is a problem associated with aging. ...Read more

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What's the best over-the-counter sleep medication?

What's the best over-the-counter sleep medication?

Most have same med: Generally, the otc sleep meds tend to include Diphenhydramine as their active agent ( otherwise known as benedryl) grogginess is its working side effect in most.There seems to be little benefit of any particular one over another. Some herbal preparations use meletonin with variable sucess. You might consider some simple cardio exercise (half hour) & a relaxing tub soak as a healthier alternative. ...Read more

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How much sleep medication is considered an overdose ?

How much sleep medication is considered an overdose ?

Hypnotic medications: It is difficult to determine what is considered to be "overdose" as all of us metabolize medications at different rates. Overdose in the truest meaning would be ingesting an amount of a medication that leads to significant acute adverse effects necessitating a hospital admission. Taking more than the recommended highest dosage would be an indication of substance dependency/tolerance. Speak to md. ...Read more

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Please describe the name of the go to sleep medication ?

Please describe the name of the go to sleep medication ?

Melatonin: I like to start with suggesting melatonin. It is a natural, over the counter supplement that we use in children to help with sleep when taking stimulants for adhd. Take about 30 minutes prior to getting in the bed. We've had great results! ...Read more

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Sleep medications: how long does it take for "zzzquil" to work?

Sleep medications: how long does it take for "zzzquil" to work?

Variable: While the onset of action of Diphenhydramine (active ingredient in zzzquil) is less than 10 minutes, the peak effect is more like 60-90 minutes. ...Read more

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What sleeping medication is safe for glucoma?

What sleeping medication is safe for glucoma?

Depends on type: Most sleeping aides are acceptable for open angle glaucoma. The exceptions are individuals affected with narrow or closed angle glaucoma. Therefore your treating eye physician should inform you directly as to the type of glaucoma you have and what sleeping aides are permissible. ...Read more

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Is Rozerem (ramelteon) an effective sleep medication?

Is Rozerem (ramelteon) an effective sleep medication?

For some, yes: A frequent answer to questions on the Internet, and one which I think applies here, is "YMMV" ("your mileage may vary"). As with many medicines, which are helpful for some and not helpful for others, it often comes down to a "therapeutic trial" to see how it might help, and also to see what kind of side effects it might cause. Melatonin, similar in action to Rozerem, (ramelteon) might be worth a try. ...Read more

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Are any sleeping medications that can mix with BP meds?

Are  any sleeping medications that can mix with BP meds?

Yes : Yes but consult with your physician to avoid dependence & side effects. ...Read more

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I only sleep on sleeping medication, what do I do to avoid it?

I only sleep on sleeping medication, what do I do to avoid it?

Sleep meds: Many are habit forming. Need to see physician and work out a course of treatment consider sleep study to determine if underlying problem interferes with your ability to sleep. Important to use sleep inducing environment eliminate noise no television etc to stimulate you. There are better options. Relaxation techniques etc. ...Read more

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How do doctors get their info on medications, such as statins or sleep medications? In other words, do doctors get info from pharma or other sources?

How do doctors get their info on medications, such as statins or sleep medications?  In other words, do doctors get info from pharma or other sources?

Research: Doctors in general ared "sold" on a medication unless there are controlled trials that show us a clear difference between a medication and a "placebo" or sugar pill. Pharmaceutical company supply us with some of the research, but they also can answer questions on research about side effect rates and other things through their medical departments. ...Read more

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What is the best sleeping medication prescribed?

What is the best sleeping medication prescribed?

Alternative to meds: I'm sorry, i'm not really answering your question. Still i hope I am helpful. Every sleep med has s/e and none is safe, or even effective when taken long-term. Best way to manage sleep problems (after making sure that all treatable emotional and physical causes are appropriately managed), is to follow good sleep hygiene. An example of what that means is here (from harvard) - http://tinyurl.Com/8c7vqlw. ...Read more

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Is there any good sleeping medication for teens?

Is there any good sleeping medication for teens?

Sort of: There are very few sleep medications that approved for use in teens. Medication may not be the answer. Keeping consistent sleep times, not watching tv one hour before bed, "unplugging" from all electronics one hour before bed and morning time exercise can fix may sleep problems. Many teens can also be helped with melatonin. ...Read more

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What sleeping medication is safe to take if you have glucoma?

What sleeping medication is safe to take  if you  have  glucoma?

Few exceptions: Most commonly, glaucoma is an open angle form and there are no contraindications to sleep aides. Exceptionally are narrow angle glaucoma, neovascular glaucoma, and rarely forms of anterior segment dysgenesis. ...Read more

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What sleeping medications are safe to take with orap (pimozide)?

What sleeping medications are safe to take with orap (pimozide)?

First question: Is why you have insomnia. That needs a good assessment. Can be caused by depression, anxiety, situational stress, all which should be addressed first. In general, pimozide in low doses is a pretty safe medication. Once you've discussed and eliminated underlying causes of insomnia, sleep hygiene is the next step. If you're ultimately diagnosed with a primary insomnia, there are a number of tacks. ...Read more

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What is the best type of sleep medication to help a child with adhd?

What is the best type of sleep medication to help a child with adhd?

Maybe the ADD med: One of the side effects of many add meds is difficulty sleeping. Many times adjusting the meds with the help of your doctor may be the only thing you need. Watch his diet for other stimulants such as caffeine and avoid exercise 2 hours prior to sleep. Also make sure electronics are turned off and the environment at home is "dimmed" at least 45 minutes before bedtime. ...Read more

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Is Silenor a new sleep medication and is it similar to ambien (zolpidem)?

Is Silenor a new sleep medication and is it similar to ambien (zolpidem)?

For sleep, but....: Silenor is a sleep medication but it works very differently from ambien. Silenor's chemical name is doxepin, this has been used as an antidepressant for many years (at much higher doses 100-300mg/day vs 3-6mg for silenor). It works similar to OTC sleep aids like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and doxylamine by blocking histamine. Zolpidem works in a more complex way on hormones that regulate sleep. ...Read more