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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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Can any doc tell me what's the best over-the-counter sleep med besides melatonin?

Can any doc tell me what's the best over-the-counter sleep med besides melatonin?

Numerous: L-theanine 400mg unisom (vitamin b6) benadryl 25-50mg ashwaganda passion flower valerian root 'tran-q' herbal sleep aid by metagenics, available on amazon and other online sites chamomile tea. ...Read more

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Im 44.Im on no meds other over-the-counter med for acid reflux.I hav no entergy, sleep a lot.And have ED problems.My apptite is slowley going away. And have long and short term memory loss, and depreson?

Male Menopause: This sounds like the metabolic syndrome: pre-diabetic, mildly overweight, lethargic, and most likely with low testosterone. You do not have to live with this at your young age...Not any more. A good men's health expert should be able to put all of this together and provide you with a comprehensive plan to get back to feeling normal. ...Read more

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What's the best over-the-counter sleep medication?

What's the best over-the-counter sleep medication?

Most have same med: Generally, the otc sleep meds tend to include Diphenhydramine as their active agent ( otherwise known as benedryl) grogginess is its working side effect in most.There seems to be little benefit of any particular one over another. Some herbal preparations use meletonin with variable sucess. You might consider some simple cardio exercise (half hour) & a relaxing tub soak as a healthier alternative. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter sleep medicine?

What is the best over-the-counter sleep medicine?

Preferably none: The best treatment for insomnia is finding the underlying cause. Sometimes medicines are needed but first meet with a doctor to see if they are needed. Also, other than melatonin, most other over the counter sleep aids just contain Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and don't truly give one the quality sleep that is needed. ...Read more

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What do doctors think is the top over-the-counter sleep aide?

What do doctors think is the top over-the-counter sleep aide?

Melatonin: Sleep disturbance can be very troubling. First thing to do is make sure you are not getting caffeine after 4 pm. Then try and optimize your sleep cycle by going to bed and getting up at consistent times, no daytime naps, no large meals before bed. Then optimize your bedroom to avoid light, too much heat, too much noise. Melatonin works in doses of 1-5 mg. Start low and go higher if it doesn't work. ...Read more

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What will over-the-counter sleep meds do to me if i keep taking them daily?

What will over-the-counter sleep meds do to me if i keep taking them daily?

Need for more: You can develop dependence, both physiological and psychological, and tolerance and the need for escalating doses and can become toxic. So as the label says, use it only as needed. ...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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How often is it safe to take an over-the-counter sleep aide that contains what benedryl does? I would love to take it daily, but im afraid.

How often is it safe to take an over-the-counter sleep aide that contains what benedryl does? I would love to take it daily, but im afraid.

Should be fine: The Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be used for long term as long as you do not side effects especially morning sleepiness, clearly you have been taking for sometime without side effects. This does not mean it will work for ever for your insomnia, the most important in our sleep in the wake up time then the bedtime, those should be consistent , also avoiding naps and caffeine/smoking 6 hours before the bedtime is im. ...Read more

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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?

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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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Are there good over-the-counter sleep aids that aren't addictive?

Are there good over-the-counter sleep aids that aren't addictive?

Melatonin: Depends on what part of sleep cycle affected if it is falling asleep use melatonin. If staying asleep either glutamine 100mg or trypophan as 5htp or neuro htp. Usually sleep issues are due to gall bladder not working well. Check and try to do liver gall bladder flush and see whether this works. If you have gall bladder issues use magnesium 800mg - to avoid tummy cramps start with 400mg. ...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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I am taking hydrocod/acetaminophen 10-325 and cyclobenzapar10 mg can I safely take an over the counter sleep medicine at the same time?

No.: You are on two sedating medications. Recent guidelines recommend caution while using cyclobenzaprine and hydrocodone together. Adding an additional sedative might result in your not waking up. Please see your doctor and/or pain management physician asap. ...Read more