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Most preferred over-the-counter sleep aid?

Most preferred over-the-counter sleep aid?

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

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Can i take tazadone and a over-the-counter sleep aid?

Can i take tazadone and a over-the-counter sleep aid?

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

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Need advice on what is the the most potent over-the-counter sleep aid?

Need advice on what is the the most potent over-the-counter sleep aid?

Sleep: Need assessment to find out the cause of your insomnia so you can treat it. If primary insomnia is determined to be the cause, and your doctor approves it, melatonin is worth a try. ...Read more

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I take 3 times the recommended over the counter sleep aid. Is this Ok?

I take 3 times the recommended over the counter sleep aid. Is this Ok?

No: You need to follow the directions. Now the best thing to do is to see your doctor. Discuss your sleep issues and let your doctor tell you the best options ...Read more

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I can't sleep without taking an over-the-counter sleep aid. What should I do?

I can't sleep without taking an over-the-counter sleep aid.  What should I do?

See your doctor: Over the counter sleep-aids like melatonin & Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are only effective for certain types of sleep disturbances. There are prescription medications and other home-remedies that are quite effective.Your doctor can also evaluate you for causes of sleep deprivation, like sleep apnea or anxiety. ...Read more

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Can i take an over the counter sleep aid the night before surgery?

Can i take an over the counter sleep aid the night before surgery?

Probably not: It is not a good idea to take a sedative medication without discussing it first with the anesthesiologist performing your anesthesia. ...Read more

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If no over-the-counter sleep aid works and exercise doesn't work what can I do to help me go to sleep?

If no over-the-counter sleep aid  works and exercise doesn't work what can I do to help me go to sleep?

Bedtime rituals: Do relaxing things before going to bed. Don't exercise within 2-3 hours of bedtime. Keep tv and computer out of bedroom. Room should be dark and cool. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. If you tend to worry, learn some relaxation exercises. If you can't fall asleep, don't stay in bed more than 30 minutes. Get up, do something relaxing, and go to bed when you get sleepy. If nothing works, talk to doctor. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take Xanax (alprazolam) with an over-the-counter sleep aid?

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Is it okay to take Xanax (alprazolam) with an over-the-counter sleep aid?

Xanax (alprazolam): Depends on the dose & timing of the xanax (alprazolam). Occasional use of sleep aid might be ok, but talk to your prescribing doc. First. ...Read more

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I'm not sure I can ask anything but is it safe to take DayQuil and an over the counter sleep aid?

I'm not sure I can ask anything but is it safe to take DayQuil and an over the counter sleep aid?

Yes: Hi, Thank you for your question. It should be fine to do that. Hope you feel better soon. Contact me if you have any other questions :-) Dr. M ...Read more

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Why does taking an over-the-counter sleep aid at night slow down weight loss?

Why does taking an over-the-counter sleep aid  at night slow down weight loss?

It does not: There is not reason that an otc sleep aid should slow weight loss significantly. Antihistamines have been associated with activation of some hunger pathways, but this alone should not cause a significant gain unless food intake is increased. ...Read more

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I have been prescribed ropinirole for rls.. I was wondering if i could take an over-the-counter sleep aid as well?

No: Many over the counter sleep medications contain antihistamines which commonly worsen RLS symptoms. I would follow-up with your physician to make sure you're on an effective dose and have ruled out other sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia. ...Read more

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I've been taking a generic over-the-counter sleep aid for a few months. Could it cause the twitching in my face?

I've been taking a generic over-the-counter sleep aid for a few months. Could it cause the twitching in my face?

Sleep aid: Possible. Only way to find out is to hold off on the sleep aid for few days & see if twitching is gone. If not, have your family doctor take a look. Good luck. ...Read more

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I took NyQuil about 1.5 hours ago and I still feel terrible and cannot sleep. Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine)? If not, can I take an over the counter sleep aid?

I took NyQuil about 1.5 hours ago and I still feel terrible and cannot sleep. Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine)? If not, can I take an over the counter sleep aid?

Same thing: They all contain Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (or similar) and thus taking another brand is likely doubling up. It probably won't hurt but may or may work either. If this is a persistent problem, then you need to have better sleeping habits (avoid bright light in the evening, no caffeine after noon, no vigorous exercise near bedtime etc). ...Read more

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What is the best over the counter sleep aid for zoloft (sertraline) 50 mg induced insomnia? I also take 40mg of propranolol 2x a day and .5 clonazepam as needed

What is the best over the counter sleep aid for zoloft (sertraline) 50 mg induced insomnia? I also take 40mg of propranolol 2x a day and .5 clonazepam as needed

Chat w/ur Family Doc: Discuss your concerns w/your prescribing doc, whether Family Doc or Psychiatrist. You didn't mention why you're taking your med combo but I personally would try to stay away from Clonazepam & other benzodiazepines which can be addictive. Before adding 4th drug to your regimen, have you tried taking Sertraline in morning to see if you can sleep better later? Short of that, ask doc about changing rx ...Read more

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What is the most potent over-the-counter sleeping aid?

What is the most potent over-the-counter sleeping aid?

A lot of people use : Tylenol (acetaminophen) pm. Do you know why you're having problems sleeping? If it's happening a lot, please see your doctor. He/she will be able to help. ...Read more

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The best over-the-counter sleeping aid medicine is which?

Melatonin : Melatonin does not interrupt you sleep cycle like other over the counter pills that contain diphenhydramine. Read labels carefully ! you can try herbs like valerian and chamomile too! ...Read more