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Over The Counter Sleep Med
Help please? What is the best over-the-counter sleep med. I have tried melatonin but it doesn't really help?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
I am taking hydrocod/acetaminophen 10-325 and cyclobenzapar10 mg can I safely take an over the counter sleep medicine at the same time?
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