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G Monster Sleeping Aid
Melatonin: My first suggestion is to practice good sleep hygiene -- keep your sleep structured, use bed for sleep and intimacy only, avoid lying in bed long periods, avoid day time napping. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone and over-the-counter supplement that can help improve sleep if taken at bedtime. It is not, and does not contain diphenhydramine. Give yourself 6-8 hours to sleep. Good luck! ...Read more
Depends on problem: It depends on the exact problem for which the patient is unable to sleep. Lorazepam is indicated to treat anxiety symptoms. Ambien (zolpidem) is indicated for insomnia of the type where sleep initiation isThe problem. If it is anxiety that prevents you from falling or staying asleep then, perhaps lorazepam is better. If one does not suffer from anxiety symptoms but cannot sleep then, perhaps Ambien (zolpidem) is better. ...Read more
I wouldn't take it: I bet there are two sides to the story. Some that would rave and others that would tread it with their feet. In your case, when the range of feedback is so conflicting and you cannot really have anyone responsible for whatever may happen to you, I would not experiment. There are so many other natural ways to induce sleep, although, they may not be as effective as prescription type drugs. ...Read more
Could be: It is an antihistamine (similar to benadryl, (diphenhydramine) which you can buy over the counter). Because it is sedating, it is sometimes used as a sleep aid, and sometimes also used to treat anxiety. It may well help you fall asleep or stay asleep (recognizing that people have different responses to the same meds, so what works well for one person may or may not work for another). ...Read more
From drugs. Com: Management: during concomitant use of these drugs, patients should be monitored for potentially excessive or prolonged CNS and respiratory depression. Ambulatory patients should be counseled to avoid hazardous activities requiring mental alertness and motor coordination until they know how these agents affect them, and to notify their physician if they experience excessive or prolonged CNS effect. ...Read more
Depends: Zzzquil is an over the counter sleep aid. Diphenhydramine, aka benadryl, (diphenhydramine) is the primary active ingredient. It is not recommended if one has an allergy to any part of it. Side effects include dry mouth, urinary retention, dizziness, and blurred vision. There are other side effects. Care must be taken if one is taking prescribed medications. Always check with md before adding any new meds. ...Read more
Melatonin can: Be very helpful. Passion flower, valerian ; chamomile are also used. ...Read more
No: This would be dangerous and may cause death if concentrations are high enough to cause breathing to stop. ...Read more
Sleep medication: This depends on the specific medication, some are addictive, some can cause other side effects, in fact any med can cause side effects. The thing that needs to be done, is to find out why the person has insomnia, what kind he has and treat the underlying disorder, not the symptom of insomnia. Cognitive therapies are often very effective when done correctly. ...Read more
I would start with a:
Recommendation for good sleep hygiene. I would only suggest Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for very short term use. I tend to recommend melatonin over benadryl (diphenhydramine). Try these sleep tips. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm >. ...Read more
Dramamine (dimenhydrinate): Only if prescribed.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: It won't interfere with your testing if that is what you are asking. ...Read more
Maybe: Without knowing more about you and your health it is difficult to say. I would check with the doctor who prescribed the lexapro (escitalopram). A phone call may be all it takes. Also if you have to take something for sleep on a regular basis there may be something else going on and a sleep evaluation may benefit you... ...Read more
OTC sleep agents:
Common OTC sleep aids include Chamomile tea, 5-HTP, Melatonin and Valerian Root. Sleep enhancing foods include warm milk, turkey, cherries, oatmeal, bananas, wine and others.
You can become accustomed to the effects of things like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and other drugs so they will no longer work but the tea and Valerian root don't seem to do that.
Pretty safe: But, long-term use could lead to decreasing benefit if taken at too frequent intervals and at escalating amounts. But typically, can last a lot longer than many prescription sleeping pills. ...Read more
Drug duplication: I assume you're referring to Wal-Som brand of diphenhydramine (https://www. Drugs. Com/otc/119159/wal-som. Html) which is often used for its sedative properties. In actuality, diphenhydramine is an antihistamine in same class as fexofenadine, active ingredient of Allegra (and Allegra-D) so there's duplication of drugs and potentially their effects. Check out https://goo. Gl/T9ytK3 for interactions ...Read more
Yes: Of course it is. But it still may be necessary. This question requires consultation with the prescribing doctor. ...Read more
Melatonin works well: But also use good sleep hygiene. 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 late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or along w light reading or a warm bath. ...Read more
Sleep hygeine & aids: Sleep can be improved by improving your sleep hygiene & with supplements. Get up daily at the same time, sleep at the same time, stop computer/tv one hour before sleep, dim all lights, avoid caffeine after noon, limit caffeine to 12oz or less, exercise earlier. Sleep aids to try are sleepy time tea with valerian root, calm's forte (homeopathic med), melatonin. Low Progesterone can decrease sleep. ...Read more
If no over-the-counter sleep aid works and exercise doesn't work what can I do to help me go to sleep?
Bedtime rituals: Do relaxing things before going to bed. Don't exercise within 2-3 hours of bedtime. Keep tv and computer out of bedroom. Room should be dark and cool. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. If you tend to worry, learn some relaxation exercises. If you can't fall asleep, don't stay in bed more than 30 minutes. Get up, do something relaxing, and go to bed when you get sleepy. If nothing works, talk to doctor. ...Read more
Is it okay for me to take 2 50mg diphenhydramine dollar general sleep aid to sleep instead of just one?
The tablet is 25 mg: The tablet you buy over the counter is 25 mg so if you want to take two of them that will be 50 mg and it is OK to do that the only way to get 50 mg benadryl (diphenhydramine) tablet is via prescription so try two tablet of 25 and see if will help you sleep or not if you want to take total of 100 mg once to try that is ok but do not make it as habit ...Read more
If melatonin is the 'natural' sleep aid, is there a 'natural' aid for anxiety? Does something like that exist?
Want to take night time sleep aid to get through bad weather tonight. Expired in november. Can I still take it?
Yes, you may.: Drugs make lose in potency over time, but do not become dangerous in pill form if outdated for only a few months to a year. It is likely to still be good. Best wishes. ...Read more
Prescribed Hydroxyzine as a sleep aid. I take 25mg every night. Would I ever develop dependence/tolerance over the years?
Unlikely: This is primarily an antihistamine and usually safe. Caution has been issued that it may have some adverse effects on the heart for some patients especially among those over 65. Its anticholinergic effect may potentially impact memory functioin as well. On the whole, the risk for these side effects are low. ...Read more