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Doctor insights on: Best Sleeping Tablets

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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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Can I take sleeping tablets with actifed?

Can I  take sleeping tablets with actifed?

Yes.: However, actifed causes drowsiness in many people, so you may not need to take a sleep aid. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use unisom sleeping pills every night?

Is it safe to use unisom sleeping pills every night?

Unisom: Not sure of your age or other medications taken along with these two. Best to consult your physician who prescribed them. ...Read more

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Please tell me what is better ativan (lorazepam) or sleeping pills for sleep aid?

Please tell me what is better ativan (lorazepam) or sleeping pills for sleep aid?

Sleep hygiene: To aid sleep over time, sleep hygiene is better than meds. Go to bed & wake up @ same time daily. Use a comfortable bed with comfy pillows only for sleep/sex; no caffeine after 12 noon; no alcohol 3-4 hrs prior to sleep; avoid eating meals and vigorous exercising within 3h of bedtime (can have small snack if needed, & gentle yoga). Maintain a quiet, dark, cool room, with no computer, etc. ...Read more

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Can i take diphenhyeramine sleeping medicine while pregnant?

Can i take diphenhyeramine sleeping medicine while pregnant?

Benadryk: I believe they are category b, but best to avoid them. ...Read more

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Can i take natural sleeping pills with antidepressants?

Please talk to doc: Some of the natural sleeping pills are ok to use, but some will indeed interfere with certain anti-depressants. So it really does depend what ones you are on, boh prescription and the natural ones you want to use. You need to talk to the doc who prescribed the antidepressants to make sure what you have chosen doesn't interact. Also, if having sleep peoblems yet, may need to tweak your dose. ...Read more

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Can I take natural sleeping tablets containing 5-HBT with Nortriptyline? I'm on 60mg. I take my Notriptyline at night time.

Can I take natural sleeping tablets containing 5-HBT with Nortriptyline?  I'm on 60mg.  I take my Notriptyline at night time.

5-HTP?: 5-HTP = 5-hydroxytryptophan: Small amounts are converted to serotonin.Nortriptyline already increases serotonin between nerves in the brain. OTC 5HTP is unregulated, so one cannot predict how accurate 5-HTP label is. Because already on med that increases serotonin, doubt much effect. Recommend asking doc - med adjustment, if safe, may be all that's needed.See tips on Sleep Hygiene,Sleeping Better. ...Read more

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I've taken 5mg of melatonin tonight. Can I take nyquill to help me sleep? Melatonin isn't working..

I've taken 5mg of melatonin tonight. Can I take nyquill to help me sleep? Melatonin isn't working..

Yes: The antihistamine in NyQuil (doxylamine succinate) will provide the side effect of drowsiness. Like all antihistamines if it works tonight for sleep you develop quick tolerance to it as a sleep aide. Also, if you don't need the other ingredients, I would avoid taking NyQuil just as a sleep aide. For insomnia issues - cognitive behavioral therapy is the best treatment: see www.shuti.me ...Read more

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What is the recommended dosage for polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) sleeping pills?

What is the recommended dosage for polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) sleeping pills?

Polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate): It is an antihistamine. Recommended dose is 2mg. (one teaspoonful) for adults & children over 12 age every 4-6 hours for allergies, & at bedtime for sleep. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take estazolam tablets nightly for sleep?

Is it okay to take estazolam tablets nightly for sleep?

Not good idea: Sleeping pills should only be taken here and there, now and then, not everyday for weeks/months/years. Sleeping pills should be effective through the night and stop working by morning, which means they should have short half-lives. Prosom (estazolam) has a 10-24 hour half-life, so it is still in your system all day the next day and is not a good idea as a sleeping pill. ...Read more

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Is taking pills every night to help fall asleep bad for you?

Is taking pills every night to help fall asleep bad for you?

Depends: It depends on the type of pill - sedatives can cause physical dependence otc remedies can have other adverse effects. ...Read more

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What is the best way to cure insomnia without taking sleeping pills?

What is the best way to cure insomnia without taking sleeping pills?

CBTi: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia (CBTi) is often helpful for identifying and mitigating poor sleep practices that contribute to chronic insomnia. www.shuti.me may offer online resources to help address chronic insomnia. ...Read more

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How are zopiclone sleeping pills?

How are zopiclone sleeping pills?

Non-benzodiazepine: Eszopiclone is also known as lunesta, (eszopiclone) a non benzodiazepine sleep medication used for insomnia. Like any psychotropic medications, you have to know its side-effects. ...Read more

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Not prescribed or in pain, Is taking 2 panadol (acetaminophen) night pills before sleeping everyday dangerous??

Not prescribed or in pain, Is taking 2 panadol (acetaminophen) night pills before sleeping everyday dangerous??

Take as directed.: Taking two Panadol (acetaminophen) (paracetamol) tabs at night is fine. However, the fever reducing and pain relieving effects may only last 4-6 hours. ...Read more

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Please recommend the best OTC sleep-aid besides diphenhydramine?

Please recommend the best OTC sleep-aid besides diphenhydramine?

Some options: i think the diphenhydramine is one of the more effective choices but other that may or may not work: melatonin valerian root http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-land-nod/201305/the-lowdown-over-the-counter-sleep-aids ...Read more