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How do I deal with confusion taking sleeping pills?

Dr. Andrew Ho Dr. Ho
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How do I deal with confusion taking sleeping pills?

Stop: Decision about treatment boils down to weighing risk and benefit. If confusion brings more risk to your life than insomnia, then the logical thing to do is stop these sleeping pills. Biggest problem with confusion is that you are only aware of the tip of the iceberg. Most sleeping pills have significant cognitive impairing next day effects that are detectable by testing. Affecting you silently. ...Read more

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How do I deal with depression without taking pills?

How do I deal with depression without taking pills?

Depression: Please seek out mental health treatment as soon as possible. The earlier you get started in treatment the better the outcome. See your family doctor to have any physical causes ruled out. Then contact a psychologist for cognitive behavioral therapy. Do not forget to exercise, eat a balanced diet, and in general to takegood care of yourself.Don't forget alternative medicine options as well such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture, tai chi, music therapy, and massage therapy. ...Read more

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I'm having serious sleeping problems and I've taking pills to help me sleep and nothing working. What should I do ?

I'm having serious sleeping problems and I've taking pills to help me sleep and nothing working. What should I do ?

Finding the cause: of your insomnia is the first step. Need a sleep study? Do you practice good sleep habits? (Going to sleep at about the same time every night, sleeping in the same place and doing mostly that in that place? Staying away from stimulants? Staying away from brightly lit screens about an hour before bedtime? Avoiding arguing with a partner late at night?) And, what are those pills? ...Read more

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How can I deal with hypothyroidism withoit taking medication?

How can I deal with hypothyroidism withoit taking medication?

MEDS. ARE NEEDED!: If your thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroid hormone, the only way to make your body function properly and to feel well, is to take thyroid pills. If you like "natural" medications, i would recommend armour thyroid, which has been in use since the 1930's. ...Read more

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How can you deal with panic and anxiety without pills don't like how the pills make me feel?

How can you deal with panic and anxiety without pills don't like how the pills make me feel?

Anxiety/panic: Several things you can try: meditation, tai chi, yoga, exercise, biofeedback, relaxing music, activities to divert attention away from anxious thoughts. Try to ascertain what brings on the anxiety/panic & try to change those things. A therapist can help you deal with your concerns. ...Read more

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I want to stop taking so many meds. Have severe insomnia and some anxiety. I take 150 trazadone, 10 ambien, (zolpidem) and .5 lorazepam nightly. How do I do this?

I want to stop taking so many meds. Have severe insomnia and some anxiety. I take 150 trazadone, 10 ambien, (zolpidem) and .5 lorazepam nightly. How do I do this?

Oh my gosh, it: Really wouldn't be ethical for any of us to jump in and direct treatment. This should be done under the supervision of the physician who is treating you. I will however provide some sleep tips that might help. 1. Keep regular bed ; wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to >. ...Read more

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How can I deal with my depression in pregnancy without taking any medications?

How can I deal with my depression in pregnancy without taking any medications?

Stay Safe: If you are depressed, make sure you have a therapist and hopefully also a psychiatrist. You may be able to handle your depression with therapy, exercise and a healthy diet, but it is important to have support around you. Depression can be as serious and as deadly as heart disease and you need to make sure you have the right team. ...Read more

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I take topamaz 25mg morning and 25mg night. Can i take both doses in the morning? I keep forgetting the night pill no matter how many reminders.

I take topamaz 25mg morning and 25mg night. Can i take both doses in the morning? I keep forgetting the night pill no matter how many reminders.

Take as prescribed: Discuss this with the doctor. Don't risk possible self harm. Perhaps there are alternatives that only require one daily dose, but until you better understand the reasons for your medications, do not make such decisions on your own. Your well being is too important. Care about yourself enough to do it right. ...Read more

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I am on 50mg of Zoloft (sertraline) for anxiety and wondering if i can take diphenhydramine to help me sleep. I worry about them interacting but i can't sleep:(?

I am on 50mg of Zoloft (sertraline) for anxiety and wondering if i can take diphenhydramine to help me sleep. I worry about them interacting but i can't sleep:(?

Yes, you may take it: Start at 25 mg with the benadryl (diphenhydramine). Consider also using melatonin instead at a dose of 3 mg taken two hours before your desired sleep time. Also practice good sleep hygiene which you can find here on healthtap under dr heidi fowler's answers or at counselingservice.Vassar.Edu/docs/sleep%20hygeine%20... Good sleep hygiene handout the most common cause of insomnia is a change in your daily routine. ...Read more

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Dr. prescribed amlitriptiline 25mg. can i take half i dont do well on meds. kinda scared since most cause depression with me ?

Dr. prescribed amlitriptiline 25mg. can i take half  i dont do well on meds. kinda scared since most cause  depression with me 
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Don't be scared: Amitriptyline is classically an antidepressant, and is unlikely to cause depression. 25 mg is a low dose. Doses used to treat depression usually range 150 - 300 mg. Amitriptyline 25 mg is commonly prescribed to promote sleep, for prevention of migraine, as an adjunct for pain medication, or for peripheral neuropathy. There is no harm is trying a 1/2 dose to begin with. ...Read more

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I'm taking depression pills for 4 years but i don't believe they are helping. Can i stop taking them and see how it goes?

I'm taking depression pills for 4 years but i don't believe they are helping. Can i stop taking them and see how it goes?

Talk with your Dr.: I don't recommend just stopping your medication. With some medication you can have serious withdrawal symptoms. It is best to talk to your doctor about the issue. Be honest and tell them how you are feeling. If appropriate, they can then recommend how to safely come off of the medication. ...Read more

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I'm having trouble sleep at night so I'm taking meds such as "panadol night" to help me sleep, I know I shouldnt do it but I can't sleep unless i take?

I'm having trouble sleep at night so I'm taking meds such as "panadol night" to help me sleep, I know I shouldnt do it but I can't sleep unless i take?

Ok.: Try Melatonin 3-5mg at night. If no relief Ambien (zolpidem) is a good one to try. Maintain sleep hyzeine....Go to bed at same time, Bed is for sleep only, Radio/TV/Phone/ related thing is to be avoided in bed. Nicotine caffine to be avoided after evening. ...Read more

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I am not able to sleep, if a took 2 pills of diazepam 5 mg, will it work as sleeping pills ? How longer i will sleep?Can if anyone wake me in between?

I am not able to sleep, if a took 2 pills of diazepam 5 mg, will it work as sleeping pills ? How longer i will sleep?Can if anyone wake me in between?

Diazepam is old: As a sleeping aid we do not use it often since it is habit forming. Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) is the preferred way of treating insomnia. To answer your question: people are different, some taking 5 mg diazepam and knocked out for 36 hours, and some people taking 20 mg and sleep only 2 hours. http://lasleepdr.blogspot.com/2010/03/some-technique-that-helps-you-sleep.html. ...Read more

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I am keep getting diagnosed with no insight and bad judgment . Do medications fix this?

No: You needcounsuling and need to learn how to make better decisions, you need to learn how to look at things from all sides and look at all the possible outcomes of each option before you make a decision. ...Read more

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I started taking birth control about 2 months ago, how to deal with problems with side effects?

I started taking birth control about 2 months ago, how to deal with problems with side effects?

Which ones?: Please re-ask and be more specific about what you would like to know. For an in-depth discussion consider discussing with your medical provider or asking a provider on Healthtap Prime or Concierge. ...Read more

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Can i take natural sleeping pills with antidepressants?

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

Dr. Andrew Ho Dr. Ho
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How do I deal with confusion taking sleeping pills?

Dr. Andrew Ho Dr. Ho
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Stop: Decision about treatment boils down to weighing risk and benefit. If confusion brings more risk to your life than insomnia, then the logical thing to do is stop these sleeping pills. Biggest problem with confusion is that you are only aware of the tip of the iceberg. Most sleeping pills have significant cognitive impairing next day effects that are detectable by testing. Affecting you silently. ...Read more

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I'm a little confused is trazadone a sleep pill or antidepressant ?

I'm a little confused is trazadone a sleep pill or antidepressant ?

Multi-purpose: Like several others - this drug is being used in many cases - the ones you mention are #1 & #2. But anxiety is another and some pain disorders too. I think you are right to have questions. Ask your providers until you feel satisfied about any confusion - also about how long and how hard to stop, interactions and side efx. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Can I stop taking sleeping pills?

Can I stop taking sleeping pills?

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

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When should someone start taking sleeping pills?

When should someone start taking sleeping pills?

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

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When it comes to taking sleeping pills, how often is too often?

When it comes to taking sleeping pills, how often is too often?

Not every day: Sleeping pill r usually taken after sleep hygiene fails and r taken on prn basis, otherwise u can get addicted to it and will stop working. ...Read more

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What would be the effects of taking 30 unisom sleeping pills?

What would be the effects of taking 30 unisom sleeping pills?

OVERDOSING: It is an antihistamine used for sleep by some people and promoted for that.But taking 30 pills is very dangerous and you hould be aware it can cause seizureshallucinations, fatal rhabdomyolysis and acute renal failure and death. ...Read more

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Can taking sleeping pills everyday or will they kill you slowly?

Can taking sleeping pills everyday or will they kill you slowly?

Dependence: The main issue is dependence upon them. They get you to sleep, but they interfere with normal sleep cycles. Bad non restful sleep is not good long term. ...Read more

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Is taking natural sleeping pills with alcohol generally considered safe?

Is taking natural sleeping pills with alcohol generally considered safe?

Not a good idea: Alcohol fragments your sleep leading to poorer sleep quality. If you didn't drink alcohol in the evenings your sleep quality would likely improve. ...Read more

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I couldn't sleep despite taking sleeping pills and recently having migraines?

I couldn't sleep despite taking sleeping pills and recently having migraines?

How many days: Hard to sleep or no sleep for how long. Have you been taking any stimulents. Any serious problems or stresses. There is a free app tht NASA uses which produces colors on your computer that help you sleep. It is free. Search under NASA sleep App ...Read more

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Can I get addicted to sleeping pills? I stopped taking them 4 days ago and I didn't sleep since then, is that normal?

Yes!: One can get addicted to sleeping pills,unusual after just a few days. You may NEED the pill and that may account for loss of sleep after discontinuation The pills MUST be prescribed by a doctor and stopped gradually 1 ...Read more

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What are the dangers of taking antidepressants and sleeping pills together?

What are the dangers of taking antidepressants and sleeping pills together?

This is a question: for a psychiatrist, but generally you shouldn't take two medications that might potentiate each other (1 + 1 = 3). One popular sleeper, Trazodone, is actually an old style antidepressant, which isn't used for anti-depression anymore because its such a good sleeper. But consult with an MD before adding an Ambien, or Lunesta (eszopiclone) or any other OTC sleeper (Melatonin, Valerian Root, etc.) Be careful. ...Read more

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Can taking 20 50mg sleeping pills cause an overdose?

Can taking 20 50mg sleeping pills cause an overdose?

You didn't tell us: Which ones. F you are having thoughts about killing yourself, get seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the national suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255) for support. ...Read more

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Which is the optimum simple way for sleep without taking sleeping pills?

Suggestions: I would suggest some sleep hygiene helps. Keep a schedule, if you don't fall asleep within 15 minutes, get up and do a quiet activity until you get sleepy, avoid alcohol before bed, avoid exercise before bed, and see a sleep physician if you continue to have trouble. ...Read more

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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I can't sleep without taking at least 3 to 4 sleeping pills, it's my 3rd day without sleeping nw, what should I do to have some sleep without these pills?

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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I can't sleep without taking at least 3 to 4 sleeping pills, it's my 3rd day without sleeping nw, what should I do to have some sleep without these pills?

Insomnia: Yikes (sorry!) but there's really no reason that you should need 3-4 sleeping pills each night to go to sleep. You've got a long life ahead of you but on sleeping pills? Go see your doc & get referred to sleep specialist to get to bottom of your insomnia. Maybe it's an overactive thyroid, anxiety, heart failure, who knows but get checked out, please. ...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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What are the negative effects of taking sleeping pills with alcohol on a regular basis?

What are the negative effects of taking sleeping pills with alcohol on a regular basis?

Dangerous: These medications are both in the class of "depressants." they can be extremely dangerous if mixed. ...Read more

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