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Methylprednisolone And Sleeping Pills
I started a medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack for poison ivy yesterday. I took 4 of the 6 pills (I forgot the last 2 at bedtime because I fell asleep).what should I do?
Take them now: Take the 2 bedtime pills now and continue with the regular schedule.See 1 more doctor answer
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
Can I take xanax (alprazolam) 1 mg at night? I usually take one for sleeping. I just started methylprednisolone I took 6 today I think 4 mg each.
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 was given methylprednisolone and z-pack for bronchitis with asthma today. I cannot sleep. Can I take a Xanax (alprazolam) to help sleep?
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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