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Doctor insights on: Natural Sleep Aids While Taking Prednisone

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Is it ok to take an OTC sleep aid while on 10mg of prednisone, three times a day I have tonsillitis, so I was put on prednisone and amoxicillin. The prednisone has caused me lack of sleep.

Is it ok to take an OTC sleep aid while on 10mg of prednisone, three times a day I have tonsillitis, so I was put on prednisone and amoxicillin. The prednisone has caused me lack of sleep.

Most: Most otc sleep aids contain diphenhydramine, if this is what you plan on taking, then there is no interaction between the two (diphenhydramine and prednisone) and you should be fine. Insomnia is usually not a side effect of prednisone; consider other reasons. If this problem persists bring it to your doctor's attention.
Best of luck. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Are melatonin and vit d natural sleep aids?

Yes: As a pharmacist, I don't consider it a vitamin (vitamins and minerals to me are things the body has to have to function properly, like vitamin a, c, d, etc. And minerals like iron and magnesium). I would consider it a natural sleep aid, however, since the body does contain and use melatonin in sleep regulation. ...Read more

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Are there any natural or OTC sleep aids I can take that won't interact with seroquel (quetiapine) XR and lithium?

Are there any natural or OTC sleep aids I can take that won't interact with seroquel (quetiapine) XR and lithium?

Melatonin: Melatonin is the hormone that turns on the sleep cycle in our brain. Versions sold otc are very safe and fairly inexpensive and do not interact with other medications. You can also try Diphenhydramine such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) but it may make you more sleepy the next morning. ...Read more

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What are some natural sleep aids and remedies?

What are some natural sleep aids and remedies?

Hypnosis: If your sleep dificulties aren't being caused by bad habits, medications or psychiatric disease then hypnosis is often useful. ...Read more

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Can you please describe common natural sleep aids?

Can you please describe common natural sleep aids?

Music, lavender: Listening to special music with binaural beats can help you fall asleep faster. Check out www. Sleepphones. Com for free music. Lavender essential oil is also helpful. Make sure you don't stay up late looking at a bright computer or tv screen. ...Read more

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What are some sleep aids (natural or synthetic) that don't disrupt sleep architecture? (besides melatonin)?

What are some sleep aids (natural or synthetic) that don't disrupt sleep architecture? (besides melatonin)?

Valerian Root but: Sleep hygiene is important too. 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 melatonin along w light reading, warm bath. ...Read more

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What are the best natural sleep aids to get a full nights sleep and wake up feeling rested?

What are the best natural sleep aids to get a full nights sleep and wake up feeling rested?

Insomnia: There are many causes of insomnia and there are no natural sleep aids that work for everyone. Are you having trouble falling asleep or waking up frequently during the night? Do you have racing thoughts? Waking up gasping for air or having to go to bathroom?  take a warm bath and try to go to bed at the same time every night. Reduce caffeine and alcohol. Get some exercise and sun during the day. ...Read more

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I think benzos and lunesta (eszopiclone) are making depression worse. I am on citalopram which is starting to help. Any natural sleep aids I can take with the citalop instead of benzos? No trazordone or serequel.

I think benzos and lunesta (eszopiclone) are making depression worse. I am on citalopram which is starting to help. Any natural sleep aids I can take with the citalop instead of benzos? No trazordone or serequel.

Talk to your doctor: Fortunately there are several options available. Talk to your doctor about trying something else. Also, its important to remember that good sleep hygiene is just as important for getting a good night's rest (sometimes behavioral changes can be enough to make sleep aides unnecessary).
Be sure to avoid taking OTC "sleep aids" as they often contain benadryl (diphenhydramine) which can worsen your daytime symptoms. ...Read more

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I'm taking four sleep aids a night to sleep what should I do?

I'm taking four sleep aids a night to sleep what should I do?

Insomnia: Sleep hygiene has limited data and efficacy in chronic severe insomnia

cognitive behavior therapy of insomnia would be the best choice

weaning of some of the meds under md supervision will be helpful

rule out medical and drug induced causes. ...Read more

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What are some OTC sleep-aids?

What are some OTC sleep-aids?

Melatonin & benedryl: Are 2. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa), Lemon Balm ( (Melissa officinalis)), passion flower (Passiflora incarnata), Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), Hops (Humulus lupulus), Lavender (Lavandula officinalis) & St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) are herbs which can aid with sleep. ...Read more

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What drugs are effective sleep-aids?

What drugs are effective sleep-aids?

A variety: A variety of meds can help, but for most, healthy sleep habits beat any drug, although can take some time to show improvment. Shut tv computer off an hour before bed and never use in bed. Go to bed and get up at the same time 7 days/week. Don't spend more than 8 hours in bed. Don't sleep during the day. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, especially late in the day. See your doctor if needed. ...Read more

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I'm experiencing weird symptoms with the sleep aids. Should I stop taking them if it's helping?

I'm experiencing weird symptoms with the sleep aids. Should I stop taking them if it's helping?

It depends: On what is meant by weird symptoms. If you're sleepwalking, for example, then you'd need to discontinue the sleep aid and alert your provider.
Anything effect that is potentially hazardous to your health or well-being would warrant stopping them, regardless of how well they're benefiting your sleep. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to mix prescription sleep aids with alcohol?

Is it dangerous to mix prescription sleep aids with alcohol?

Yes: Alcohol is not a good method of getting to sleep, but at 35 you should have no problem with sleep. The commonest cause is poor diet and especially the sugar, sweeteners and etc. ...Read more

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Can I take sleep aids (diphenhydramine 50mg) with my 54 mg of concerta?

Can I take sleep aids (diphenhydramine 50mg) with my 54 mg of concerta?

Yes: I hope you mean that you are taking Concerta in the morning and the Diphenhydramine at night! .

Many patients take a sleep aid if their Concerta causes insomnia. Diphenhydramine at that dose is perfectly acceptable. ...Read more

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If I take sleep aids at night but still don't fall asleep, will the sleep aid kick in later in the day or does it just run through your system anyway?

Most likely the: Sleep aid you are taking just isn't effective for you. It is not likely to make you fall asleep the next day. However sleep deprivation and exhaustion could cause you to fall asleep. Sleep hygiene is very important. If the insomnia you are experiencing is chronic, please see your family physician for evaluation. A sleep specialty consultation may be necessary. ...Read more

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What are some nighttime sleep aids that help?

Not sure if you are: Only referring to medication by the term "aids". Melatonin can be purchased over the counter ; can be quite effective. Valerian root ; chamomile are also used for this purpose. Sleep hygiene is very important. 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. ...Read more

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Can I take 2 50mg equate sleep aids?

Doxylamine succinate: These tablets usually come in 25mg sizes, and the recommended dosage for adults is one 30 minutes before bedtime. If you are requiring more than that, it would be advisable to consult with your doctor and find out why you are having such severe insomnia. ...Read more

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Are there any OTC sleep aids that do not have benedryl in them?

Are there any OTC sleep aids that do not have benedryl in them?

Melatonin: Melatonin is a natural body hormone your body makes to help with sleep. It is available otc in almost any pharmacy by the vitamins/herbal supplements. ...Read more

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I am wanting to take sleep aids to escape loneliness need advice?

I am wanting to take sleep aids to escape loneliness need advice?

This is just a way: Of avoiding the issue. Instead of sleeping excessively - put your thinking cap on ; figure out activities you can be involved in that will increase interpersonal contacts. Examples: church, sports teams, art classes, choir, etc. Look for ways to find meaning in your life. When you have meaning you won't find the need to avoid living. ...Read more

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What are some non-narcotic sleep aids?

What are some non-narcotic sleep aids?

Sleep aids: Some are Ambien, Prosom, Lunesta, (eszopiclone) Antihistamines, Melatonin, etc. ...Read more

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Can I take cetirizine with other sleep aids?

Can I take cetirizine with other sleep aids?

Yes...: But do note that cetirizine does have mild drowsiness effect and thus it may cause additional drowsiness. ...Read more

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Which are over-the-counter sleep aids for diabetics?

Which are over-the-counter sleep aids for diabetics?

See a doctor: Diabetes presents sufferers with symptoms that are quite unique compared to those without diabetes. I would want to talk to my doctor before using trial and error for otc sleep remedies. ...Read more

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Otc sleep aids that can mesh with zoloft (sertraline)?

Otc sleep aids that can mesh with zoloft (sertraline)?

Not a problem: Over the counter sleeping pills (usually containing Diphenhydramine or benadryl) should not be used regularly as they cause daytime sleepiness, decreased attention and memory, and tolerance develops. However, there is no specific problem in taking them with sertraline (zoloft). ...Read more

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Is it harmful to take sleep aids if you have bradycardia?

Is it harmful to take sleep aids if you have bradycardia?

Sleep and Brady: Most otc sleep aids have antihistamines which can prolong qtc interval on the ekg causing torsades which can cause suddent heart attack or rhythm problems, so you would be increasing risk of heart attack, and cognitive issues. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use sleep aids or herbs to help my baby sleep better?

Is it safe to use sleep aids or herbs to help my baby sleep better?

No: Never give your baby anything to try and help them sleep. This is extremely dangerous. Just because something is labeled an herb, or sold in a health food store does not mean that it is safe. It is never advisable under any circumstances to give an infant a sleep aide whether it be by prescription or over the counter. ...Read more

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What are some over-the-counter sleep aids I could use to help me fall asleep?

Try melatonin: It is natural and won't destroy your sleep cycles like other sleep aides that commonly contain Diphenhydramine. They will put you to sleep but destroy your sleep cycles so when you awake you might be groggy and even if you slept 8 or more hours still feel tired. ...Read more

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Scientists have discovered any OTC sleep aids that have something other than diphenhydramine?

Yes: Melatonin is an over the counter substance that many people take to aid sleep. It is available in many places where herbs or supplements are sold.
Also, GABA is used by many for aiding sleep. It is also available over the counter. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the over-the-counter sleep aids I could use to help me fall asleep at night?

Sleep aid: You can try using melatonin as directed. Diphenhydramine (benadryl (diphenhydramine) like) will only work temporarily since your body will gradually adjust to this side effect. Most importantly avoid eating or drinking anything with caffeine after 5 pm. This includes tea and chocolate. Taking a hot shower in the evening will help you relax and the cooling effect will help your body signals to promote sleep. ...Read more

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I've taken 100mg hydroxyzine to help my insomnia - it's not working. What other sleep aids could help?

I've taken 100mg hydroxyzine to help my insomnia - it's not working. What other sleep aids could help?

Treat the anxiety: Your anxiety is likely the cause for your insomnia (as would depression). Consider consulting a psychiatrist given the number of problems you are experiencing.
Hydroxyzine does little if anything on the anxiety or depression. ...Read more

Dr. Martin Raff
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