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Midnite Sleep Aid Side Effects
Daily use of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for sleep aid on a 16-month-old. Are there long term side effects?
Nothing major: Benadryl can alter the sleep pattern some with diminished time in deep (recuperative) sleep stage. I would never consider chronic use in an infant. I would encourage you to write down all your prior sleep related efforts along with what happens at bedtime. Bring this in to discuss with the kids doc. ...Read more
I was consid. Sub. Melatonin for seroquel (quetiapine) as I have iss. W/ the side effects. Weigh about 90 lbs what dose of melat. Wld be advisable? For Sleep aid?
I take low dose of Nyquil occasionally as a sleep aid and its quite effective. A side effect for me is relief from Anxiety symptoms the next day. Why?
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
Sleep: Are you taking about drugs or otc products? Your doctor has prescrition soporifics tthat are more potent than otc but have the potential for tolerance and habituation. Discuss it with him. What is the cause of the problem. ...Read more
There is no best: There's no "best" natural sleep aid. What works for one person may not work for another. Melatonin and valerian root are two commons natural sleep aids. Usually though following proper sleep hygiene and making lifestyle changes works just as well, are long term successful strategies, and are cheaper. ...Read more
Gravol: I don't know which gravol product you're talking about -- there are several of them. http://tinyurl.com/lar4efy the ones with ginger only probably would not help you sleep, but the ones with dimenhydrinate in them might. Please discuss with your own physician, as i also don't know what other medications you might be taking. ...Read more
Sleep recommendation: It really depends on the cause of the insomnia. If "pure" initial insomnia that comes and goes randomly lasting for only a few days, over the counter remedies can help. Diphenhydramine, melatonin, or valerian root can work — but must be from reputable producers. Sonata, (zaleplon) lunesta, or Ambien are prescription aids. Many use trazadone, gabapentin, mirtazipine, or tricyclic antidepressants as well. ...Read more
Discuss with MD: Please don't rely on internet searches to answer this question. Have a consult with your own physician who knows you, your medical history, possible causes of difficulty in sleeping, and how best to help you. This is not a cookbook recipe issue. ...Read more
Many do: This is a common ingredient in most over the counter sleep aids. It does make most people groggy, like alcohol. Over the long term it interferes with attaining the deep restorative sleep that we need to function. In short, you get to sleep but not good sleep. I would review the issue with your doc & see if changing some lifestyle or pre-sleep patterns might help you more. ...Read more
Would not advise:
Trazodone dose is normally adjusted to improve sleep; adding a separate sleep aid makes it difficult to figure out when you have achieved the best dose of trazodone for your condition. You & your doctor will work together toward three obectives with dosing. Trazodone should help you
1 fall asleep quickly
2. Remain asleep all night
3. Not leave you groggy in the morning.
See your doctor if needed. ...Read more
0.3 mg-3 mg: Start with lower dose and work up as needed. Only use melatonin for < 3 months. New data suggests trying the lowest dose range before pushing to more conventional 1-3 mg as the brain may be more responsive to it than we thought. Too much can cause headache, nausea, nightmares, morning grogginess. Don't use if pregnant, have cancer, diabetes, depression, seizures, auto immune disease, lymphomas. ...Read more
That depends: I would discuss the type of sleep aid with your pharmacist or physician. Many sleep medications specifically state that they are for short term use only. Some medications work through use of anti-histamines & their chronic use can sometimes lead to rebound insomnia. Chronic use of other sleeping medications may lead to tolerance. ...Read more
The choice is yours.: I will make some natural remedy suggestions: valerian root, chamomile and melatonin. If those aren't available to you — benardryl is easy to get. Make sure you are using excellent 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 >. ...Read more
It may be harmful: It may be harmful to take 200mg of diphenhydramine a night, since the recommended dose is 25-50mg a night. That means it is time to work with one's primary care doctor to see what the sleeping problem is all about. The doctor may refer one to a sleep doctor or other specialist as needed. ...Read more