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Please describe a good sleep aid medication?

Please describe a good sleep aid medication?

OTC sleeping pill: Best sleep aid is to find & treat the cause of lack of sleep. Some otc sleep aids are melatonin for occasional insomnia. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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I have trouble getting rest at night, should I resort to sleep-aid medication?

I have trouble getting rest at night, should I resort to sleep-aid medication?

Try to learn: The principles of meditation. At the age of 23 years, there should be no problem with sleep. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is seroquel (quetiapine) an antipsychotic medication or a sleep aid?

Is seroquel (quetiapine) an antipsychotic medication or a sleep aid?

Antipsychotic: Useful for bipolar disorder and squizophrenia, seroquel (quetiapine) antagonizes serotonon and Dopamine receptores. Somnolence is a side efect useful for pts with insomnia. ...Read more

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Can I take Somnapure natural sleep aid and Puritea natural energy and antioxidants from Peak Life with current medications?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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

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: 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

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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?

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

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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.

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

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Could doxylamine succinate (Equate Sleep Aid) create a false positive on a hair drug screen?

Could doxylamine succinate (Equate Sleep Aid) create a false positive on a hair drug screen?

No: There are virtually no false positives in hair testing, since it is done with GC/MS or other comparable sophisticated confirmatory tests. Doxylamine can cause false positives tests for Methadone and PCP on screening tests, but NOT on the confirmatory tests. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Concierge: Consult the HealthTap Concierge for meds. Also, consider getting evaluated by a psychiatrist for anxiety/depression and also find a reputable psychotherapist. ...Read more

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What happens if you mix seroquel- a sleeping aid, with allergy medication?

What happens if you mix seroquel- a sleeping aid, with allergy medication?

Depends: On what allergy med ur taking: traditional antihistamines like benadryl/tavist will add drowsiness; newer "non-sedating" ones like Allegra (fexofenadine) should be ok; zyrtec may add drowsiness in some people. Ask ur doc or pharmacist. ...Read more

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What is a powerful sleep aid?

What is a powerful sleep aid?

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

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What is the better sleep aid?

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

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Does health a2z sleep aid work?

Does health a2z sleep aid work?

Depends: The active ingredient that makes you "sleep better" is Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Benadryl is an anti-histamine, with a known side-effect profile of causing sedation/sleepiness. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC sleep aid?

What is the best OTC sleep aid?

OTC sleep aid: Several- benadryl, (diphenhydramine) unisom, valerian, melatonin etc. But they have potential side effects. ...Read more

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What's the best natural sleep aid?

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

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Anyone used a delta wave sleep aid?

Anyone used a delta wave sleep aid?

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

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What's a good natural and safe sleep aid?

Melatonin: I have many patients that utilize melatonin and extended release melatonin to aid with sleep. Paced breathing exercises in addition to progressive muscle relaxation is also helpful. ...Read more

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Is there an OTC sleep aid that actually works?

Is there an OTC sleep aid that actually works?

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

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Can there be a natural sleep aid out there that works?

Can there be a natural sleep aid out there that works?

Prevention: Not being able to sleep may indicated sleep problems that can be life shortening or life threatening. The only way to know if there are serious problems is with an overnight sleep test. I encourage you to seek help. ...Read more

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Is it not good to take unisome sleep aid pills every night?

Is it not good to take unisome sleep aid pills every night?

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

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Can you tell me what is the best OTC sleep aid to use from time to time?

Can you tell me what is the best OTC sleep aid to use from time to time?

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

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Is there a sleep aid that is not addictive?

Is there a sleep aid that is not addictive?

Different options: Some herbals that are used to help sleep include Valerian, Kava Kava, Chamomile, Passion Flower, Hops, Skullcap & California Poppy.
Melatonin is always a good option. Kava Kava can cause liver problems. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, I need a sleep aid recomendation?

Hello doctors, I need a sleep aid recomendation?

Sleep aid: Otc aids include melatonin, diphenhydramine, and herbals such as valerian root and chamomile. Prescription aids include ambien, Lunesta, sonata, (zaleplon) anti-depressants, and anti-anxiety meds. ...Read more

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Which is a good sleep aid?

There are quite a: Few excellent sleep medications. Here are some over the counter natural remedies: chamomile, melatonin ; valerian root. Some people use benadryl (diphenhydramine). Your physician can prescribe sleep medication for you as well. Take care. ...Read more

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How is the zzzquil sleep-aid?

How is the zzzquil sleep-aid?

It works for some: I works for some people. Its considered relatively safe however discuss this as an option with your physician. ...Read more