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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes : Yes but consult with your physician to avoid dependence & side effects. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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