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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The two : Drugs will not interact.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I take 25 mg of Zoloft (sertraline) in the morning. Is there an over-the-counter sleep aid i can take that won't counteract?
I've been taking a generic over-the-counter sleep aid for a few months. Could it cause the twitching in my face?
I travel a lot for work and tend to have trouble sleeping while on the road... is there an over the counter sleep aid you recommend?
Melatonin: is a natural sleep aid which is effective. Diphenhydramine is also effective, but can be habit forming, so should not be used for longer periods of time. Whatever medications are used, sleep hygiene is very important. Sleep in a dark room. No electronics or TV prior to bed, and no alcohol within 3 hours of sleeping. Hope this helps! ...Read more
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
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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