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Are Sleeping Pills Dangerous For Person With Glaucoma
Depends: If you are diadnosed with open angle glaucoma, the use of sleeping medication should not affect your glaucoma. If your dianosis includes, or is limited to narrowing of the angles, sleep medications can cause an angle closure attack. Find out your diagnosis: type of glaucoma-- open angle and narrow angle. ...Read more
Yes it can..: It can be... Work with your physician to help you find the best dose and/ or mix of medications. ...Read more
Can be unsafe: Sedative/hypnotic medications are used by many patients safely for sleep when taken as prescribed. However, if taken in greater amounts, combined with other sedating substances or medications, or other inappropriate actions are taken they can be dangerous and even lethal. Many of them have at least some inhibitory effect on the nervous system; when magnified that can cause respiratory depression. ...Read more
Insomnia: If taken on as needed basis & as prescribed by your physician, it is ok, as long as they are effective. ...Read more
Never take together: It's never a good idea to take sleeping pills with alcohol. They both cause sedation and can effect your breathing at night. Alcohol close to bedtime is also discouraged within 5-6 hours of bedtime as it has an adverse effect on your sleep. Proper sleep hygiene can be beneficial to patients with insomnia. Speak to your doctor and see if a referral to a sleep specialist is appropriate. ...Read more
Hi I took sleeping pills (restavit 25 mg) about 30 minutes ago and now at friends and drink a glass of red wine, is it dangerous?
Red wine: Too much of a good thing is no good for you. That said, drink a glass of red wine but do it slowly and don't get a refill. ...Read more
Is it dangerous to take more than the recommended dose of sleeping pills every few days to induce sleep because of fear or eating and gaining weight?
Yes, it's dangerous!: Yes, it's never a good idea to take more than recommended dose of anything, especially w/o your doctor's monitoring. Too many people die every day from overdosing on sleeping pills, etc. Don't do it! Instead, talk to your Family Doc about your fears over eating & gaining weight. There are healthy ways to address your concerns. Taking excess sleeping pills isn't the right way to fix any condition. ...Read more
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Should a doctor prescribe sleeping pills as the last resort if a person is having difficulty sleeping?
Yes: A recent study associated the use of sleeping pills with a greater risk of dying. This doesn't prove cause & effect but it is certainly worrisome. I'd recommend trying non-pharmacologic means first before moving on towards medications. Sometimes we don't have the luxury of time on our side and have to prescribe something immediately. ...Read more
Should a doctor prescribe sleeping pills as the first solution if a person is having difficulty sleeping? Explain your answer.
Some may. If sleep: Deprivation is severe - I may order a sleep med at that time. I have the luxury to see my patients back as often as needed. So I often start with recommendations for sleep hygiene or acupuncture. I am able to do this because I can see people often if needed. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in >. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, you can discontinue use, but how it's done depends on what you are taking and for how long. It is not recommended to just stop abruptly. You need to be weaned off and monitored for any side effects. ...Read more
Melatonin: I do not use sleeping pills in my practice. I recommend use of Melatonin to help train the brain. You take it at the same time every night to enhance the natural release of melatonin in the body to promote the start of a sleep cycle. The underlying cause of insomnia should be evaluated and proper sleep hygiene followed. ...Read more
1: If you really need sleeping pills you might need to see a Neurologist. That said, it is unlikely you have a major issue.
2: Before ordering sleeping pills please contact your doctor for further advice.
3: All that apart - there are many brands of sleeping pills. If it OK with your parents, but the least expensive pills. ...Read more
Commentary: I personally do not like most prescription sleeping pills due to tolerance, next day hung-over sensations and grogginess, and sleep walking risk. But OTC Melatonin seems safe and effective in many. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Probably shouldn't: While many people are dependent on sleeping pills, it's often due to the fact that a physician hasn't taken a thorough history to try to get to the root of the insomnia. Try and get a referral to a board-certified sleep specialist. Often times sleeping pills are only masking an underlying problem that, when addressed appropriately, will get rid of the need for the sleeping pills. ...Read more
See A Sleep Doc: Insomnia is a complex problem. Different factor need to be looked at and evaluated such as environment, medications and sleep hygiene. I avoid using sleeping pills because they're used to cover up symptoms rather than treat the underlying problem. If I do use anything to help patients to reset their sleep cycle, I use Melatonin as a training tool. A sleep specialist can be of great help. ...Read more
Overdosing on pills can lead to death. It can lead to respiratory suppression and brain damage. It can lead to addiction.
If you need help stopping these or getting off of them...Or if you are asking on behalf of someone else. Please know that there is help. The disease of addiction can hit us at any time. But, understanding the disease and getting clear from the effects of the drugs heal you. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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