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Nitetime Sleep Aid Medication
I have extremely helpful but I hate the idea of having to take a sleep aid too. Is there anything I can do without more medication?
Yes, be sure that: 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 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, >. ...Read more
Can I take Somnapure natural sleep aid and Puritea natural energy and antioxidants from Peak Life with current medications?
I'd be careful. ..: As you know, manufacture of herbal supplements is not regulated so their purity, safety and effectiveness can not be guaranteed. You are on some medicines, including Lamictal and Toviaz, (fesoterodine) which are unique and actually could interact with quite a few things. Somnopure contains valerian extract & Puritea contains ginseng. I hate to discourage something that sounds so promising, but I would avoid. ...Read more
What to do if I am taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) 500mg and it says not to take antacids, iron or vitamins, do you think its okay to take nght time sleep aid with this medication?
Cipro (ciprofloxacin) & sleep aid?: Well, it says no antacids, iron, or vitamins. While you don't specify which sleep aid you take, it's unlikely to contain antacids, iron, or vitamins. To be certain, however, check the label of your sleep aid & obtain the name or active ingredient & ring ur pharmacist and/or MD. Always tell each of ur prescribers all meds ur taking, including over the counter meds/supplements for proper counsel! :) ...Read more
Sudden increase in hair loss- started taking 20 mg atarax 2 months ago for sleep aid- direct relationship? If so, if medication stopped will hair loss stop immediately?
Not likely related: Loss of hair (alopecia) is not listed on the known rare side effects lists for hydroxyzine and a brief literature search doesn't indicate any case reports. However, idiosyncratic individual reactions to drugs are always possible. I would see a dermatologist for examination of your skin and hair and get advice there. If you stop, and it is related, I would expect gradual improvement, not rapid. ...Read more
On Trazadone (anti-depressant n sleep aid drug for insomnia). if I have CAD, and Lupus, will this medication make either of the 2 conditions I have worse?
Trazadone and CAD:
As true of all medications untoward side effects may cause one to be worse and detract from the medications main health benefits.
Best discuss this with your doctor to be safe. ...Read more
I'm on drug court and I want to take a sleep aid because I can't sleep I have a generic sleep aid but it has diphenhydramine hci in it will this make me test positive for anything or will it be ok to take it
The answer dr. Johnson provided is correct. There are reports that with very high doses, Diphenhydramine has in rare cases, led to false positive drug screening for benzodiazapines. However, if this were to occur, normally the sample would be retested using a more precise test and that would clear up the confusion. It is reported that it could also trigger a false positive for pcp (but this is also very rare).
Diphenhydramine is not a good choice for chronic problems with sleep. If you are in a program that requires drug testing, you might consider skipping the Diphenhydramine and working on sleep hygiene first. ...Read more
I took drug test today and it was positive for tca, I regularly take an OTC sleep aid with diphenhydramine. Couldn't have caused the false positive?
"tca"????: Did you mean THC (marijuana or cannabis)? TCA medically usually means tricyclic antidepressant, and these are actually chemically similar to benadryl (diphenhydramine). If all that was done was a SCREENING test, there are lots of potential false positives, and if used for legal purposes, all screening tests should be confirmed with a more sophisticated test, usually gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy. ...Read more
Is thorazine (chlorpromazine) a safe sleep aid. I have always had insomnia and I hate those z-drugs. Worried about tardive dyskinesia. I take a small dose at bedtime.
Not just for sleep: Thorazine (chlorpromazine) is a major tranquilizer with potential side effects which have to be monitored. It should not be taken just for sleep unless there is a mental condition which requires medication such as this one. Even when there is a condition which requires a major tranquilize, some of the newer medications are often used since they have less serious side effects. You should discuss this med with ur M.D. ...Read more
What are some Rx medications that can help a person stay asleep for 8-10 hours?? I need a strong sleeping aid that will put me into a very deep sleep.
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 isn't one best: Sleep medication. Different sleep medications suit different patients and different conditions more optimally. Melatonin is often used because it is often effective, inexpensive, available over the counter and does not cause drowsiness the next day. Make sure that you are using excellent sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off. ...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
Why would you: Although it is commonly stated that slow wave sleep (stage n3 sleep, stage 3/4 sleep, delta sleep) is needed for sleep to be refreshing, there is no evidence to show that. The amount and continuity of sleep is more important than what stage and how much time in each stage (except that too much time in stage n1 might not be as refreshing). ...Read more
Sleep hygiene.: Generally, go to bed at the same time every night, awaken the same time every morning, stay in bed if you awaken during the night, no naps during the day, no activities in bed other than sleeping and relations, don't eat within four hours of going to sleep. Melatonin supplementation can help, too. ...Read more
It is better to use:
Non-medication approaches to sleep better. Use excellent sleep hygiene. 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 gentle music.
3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress ; pillows.
4. Use bedroom only for sleep ; sex. Put work material. ...Read more
There is no "best"..: The best one is one that works for you and doesn't cause any problems. The most common over the counter sleep aids have diphenhydramine, and this is in Benadryl and unisom. Nyquil has a sleep medicine (zzquil) that also has diphenhydramine, but it also has alcohol. You could also try melatonin is something you can buy in the store that can help with sleep. ...Read more