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Dr. Marc Lorber
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Methylprednisolone (Definition)

Methylprednisolone (medrol) is a steroid. It's in the same family as Prednisone but is a bit more potent. Medrol (methylprednisolone) is used to treat a variety of acute and chronic inflammatory conditions such as asthma, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis. Medrol (methylprednisolone) like other steroids have many side effects especially if used long term. Common ones: weight gain, ...Read more


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I've been on methylprednisolone for 2 weeks. 1st week was 16mg/day and 2nd was 12mg/day, now having trouble sleeping. Any suggestion?

I've been on methylprednisolone for 2 weeks. 1st week was 16mg/day and 2nd was 12mg/day, now having trouble sleeping. Any suggestion?

Use only mild drugs: Hi Ruby, Insomnia is a common side effect with this drug. To help with sleeping you might try 'sleepy time tea' or camomile tea. I do not believe there would be any harm in small over the counter doses of Benadryl (diphenhydramine).

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I was given methylprednisolone and z-pack for bronchitis with asthma today. I cannot sleep. Can I take a Xanax (alprazolam) to help sleep?

I was given methylprednisolone and z-pack for bronchitis with asthma today. I cannot sleep. Can I take a Xanax (alprazolam) to help sleep?

Yes: Most probably your insomnia is due to the methylprednisolone, so take it in the morning. Try to space Azithromycin, take it at night, and the methylprednisolone in the am, as they may interact, all the best

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Are sleeping pills dangerous?

Are sleeping pills dangerous?

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.

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Is overdosing on sleeping pills the painless way to go?

Is overdosing on sleeping pills the painless way to go?

Just a minute: The desire to end it all is not normal to begin with. If you are in so much pain, psychic or physical that you wish to end your life, you need to talk to a professional as soon as possible. There are always other options. Call someone immediately to talk this out.

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Are sleeping pills addictive?

Are sleeping pills addictive?

Addiction/tolerance: Some sleeping pills are controlled substances; they have addictive potential. Examples include: ambien, lunesta, (eszopiclone) & restoril. That being said, they are schedule IV with lower potential for this than other medications the more common issue with sleeping pills is developing physiological tolerance. Frequent use of the medication causes your body to 'get used to' the medication & it loses efficacy.

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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.

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How addictive are sleeping pills?

How addictive are sleeping pills?

Depends upon drug: Check with your physician or a pharmacist.

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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.

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Could abusing sleeping pills kill you?

Could abusing sleeping pills kill you?

An overdose of: Sleeping pills or mixing with other substances could be lethal.

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Is it bad for people with heart murmurs to take sleeping pills?

Is it bad for people with heart murmurs to take sleeping pills?

Diagnosis: "heart murmur" is not a diagnosis, but rather is a nonspecific finding on physical examination. Ask your doctor if you have a heart problem or a normal heart murmur. Normal heart murmurs do not warrant any restrictions or special follow-up.

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How can I buy barbiturate or sleeping pills without prescription.?

How can I buy barbiturate or sleeping pills without prescription.?

Most likely. . .: You're probably much more adept at this than me. As you're likely aware, these are controlled substances -- which legally are dispensed by prescription only. There are also street suppliers, who will be glad to do business with you. But you can't be sure that their offerings are as advertised.

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Is it thought of as dangerous to drink alcohol with sleeping pills?

Is it thought of as dangerous to drink alcohol with sleeping pills?

Yes: Mixing alcohol with sleeping pills or pain pills raises the risk that you will have breathing problems during sleep (sleep apnea), possibly to the point that you will stop breathing completely.

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How much time do you have to wait to drink alcohol after sleeping pills?

How much time do you have to wait to drink alcohol after sleeping pills?

Alcohol & sedatives: Depending on the sleeping pills, drinking alcohol can be extremely dangerous, even life-threatening. It is recommended not to drink alcohol at all if you are taking sleeping pills regularly, especially benzodiazepine, barbiturates, or benzo-like medications.

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What sort of anti anxiety drugs/sleeping pills DON'T depress breathing?

What sort of anti anxiety drugs/sleeping pills DON'T depress breathing?

All have potential: All prescription anxiolytics (anti-anxiety) drugs and sleeping pills have the potential of depressing breathing. In people with comprised respiratory systems the risk is even greater.

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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.

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Hi docs, can you tell me if sleeping pills are the same as antidepressants?

Hi docs, can you tell me if sleeping pills are the same as antidepressants?

Antidepressants &: Sleeping pills are different types of medications. However, some antidepressants are used off label for sleep if they have side effect of sedation. Trazodone is a classic example. Take care.

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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.

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Do you know which sleeping pills may work like nembutal and seconal (secobarbital)?

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Do you know which sleeping pills may work like nembutal and seconal (secobarbital)?

Sleep: These are barbiturates, not sleeping pill. Depending on what they are used for, older hypnotics ex. Dalmane or Restoril (temazepam) might work.

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