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Is it ok to not take my medications for my disability if they make me feel drowsy?

Is it ok to not take my medications for my disability if they make me feel drowsy?

Depends: Talk to your prescribing dr. There may be a better dose or a better medication for you. It might end up being important to take it and find ways to cope with the drowsiness-don't just stop it. ...Read more

Dr. Marsha Davis
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Is the a non drowsy drug that does the same thing as benegril?

Do you mean benadryl (diphenhydramine): Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine, but can be very sedating. If by doing the same thing you mean treating seasonal allergies then there are several anti-histamines that are usually not sedating, for example, fexofenadine, Loratadine and cetirizine. These are all available in various over the counter preparations. Please be sure to follow the package directions. ...Read more

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Took drowsy medications and can't focus on my finals, what do I do? What could happen?

Took drowsy medications and can't focus on my finals, what do I do? What could happen?

Response: You do NOT say if these were sleeping pills, antihistamines, sedatives or tranquilizers, But most medication wears off over a period of hours. To become more alert, caffeine containing beverages may help, such as coffee, coke, or Red Bull. If you are unable to function adequately, might contact your doctor directly. ...Read more

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Help! Need to know if there's a drug to reduce drowsiness and sleep and help me get up in the morning?

Help! Need to know if there's a drug to reduce drowsiness and sleep and help me get up in the morning?

? sleep disorder?: Many folks use caffeine in form of a few cups of coffee.
But consistent am drowsiness and difficulty awakening and functioning when you seemingly had sufficient time asleep suggests possible sleep apnea or nocturnal myoclonus. An overnight sleep study should clarify issues. ...Read more

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Which medication should I take if I get stung by a bee whilst Trailrunning (and not get drowsy). Not sure if I am allergic?

Which medication should I take if I get stung by a bee whilst Trailrunning (and not get drowsy). Not sure if I am allergic?

Some remedies: Remove stinger by scraping along edge of skin with a credit card. Clean with soap & warm water. Apply a paste of 2 parts baking soda & 1 part water. OR: Mix water & activated charcoal - apply paste. OR: mix clay-like soil with water - apply. For throat, airway or tongue swelling – call 911 even if an epi-pen was used. ...Read more

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What are the anti depresent medications that cause sleepiness?

What are the anti depresent medications that cause sleepiness?

Most can: Some antidepressants are especially sedating, e.g., Remeron (mirtazapine) (mirtazepine), sinequan (trazodone), Elavil (amitriptyline), & nefazodone. Most of the others can be mildly sedating. A few are rarely sedating, e.g. Wellbutrin (bupropion) & Prozac (fluoxetine). Individuals vary greatly in how sleepy a given antidepressant will make them, so this is just a general guideline. ...Read more

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Pls I am esperiencing severe headache and drowsiness what medication should I buy?

Pls I am esperiencing severe headache and drowsiness what medication should I buy?

See a doctor: For right now get some tylenol (acetaminophen) then get to a doctor. Without more information it's hard to know what's going on but a "severe" headache is a symptom that merits a real evaluation. It could be a migraine, it could be muscle spasm or it could be any number of problems. Get checked out! ...Read more

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Does 50 mg of modafinil (half of prescribed dose) is effective for drowsiness? .Drug tolerance chance? .Elimination half life? I will start tomorrow.

Does 50 mg of modafinil (half of prescribed dose) is effective for drowsiness? .Drug tolerance chance? .Elimination half life? I will start tomorrow.

Dose may be low: The dose maybe somewhat low. Comes in 50s, 150s and 250 in the us. The half-life is 12 to 15 hours. I do not generally encounter tolerance developing to this medication. The only exception to that rule might be someone with idiopathic central nervous system hypersomnolence. Best wishes and I hope that this does a good job working on your hypersomnolence. Take care. ...Read more

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My five month old only will eat when he drowsy or sleep he has been on reflux medication for awhile and he doesn't have big appetite what could it be?

My five month old only will eat when he drowsy or sleep he has been on reflux medication for awhile and he doesn't have big appetite what could it be?

Normal feeding?: You mention reflux medication and I see on the profile "hydrochlorothiazide." I assume that's your medication and not your baby's. If he is breastfeeding or formula feeding well and is gaining weight, then there is no concern. I was not clear from your question if you meant he was not having a big appetite for solids or for his milk? ...Read more

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What's the best non-drowsy allergy medication?

What's the best non-drowsy allergy medication?

Allegra (fexofenadine): If you are referring to over-the-counter antihistamines than Allegra (fexofenadine) is considered one of the most non-sedating on the market. Airline pilots can take this medication while flying so it has been proven to be non-sedating. Other non-sedating antihistamines include Zyrtec and Claritin (loratadine). ...Read more

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Is there anything stronger than claratin or loratadin for allergies? Only non drowsy medications

Is there anything stronger than claratin or loratadin for allergies? Only non drowsy medications

Allergies: Good question. Not really taking the drug between 4 to 6 pm helps not the D form) as that is before things bloom adding in a nasal steroid spray (which is otc) in the am also helps. Your doctor could add in singulair (montelukast) at bedtime as well. Bad season this year ...Read more

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What's the most effective non-drowsy allergy medication?

What's the most effective non-drowsy allergy medication?

Allergy Med: This is not a fair question, and I am sorry, but I must disagree with dr. Kwok. The sole oral antihistamine that does not cross the blood brain barrier and does not cause drowsiness in fexofenadine (aka. Allegra). Every other otc oral antihistamine has the risk of drowsiness. Most effective is also not fair bc every patient is different and we tailor therapy to the patient. C ur allergist. ...Read more

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What is a effective no drowsy over-the-counter allergy medication?

What is a effective no drowsy over-the-counter allergy medication?

Allegra or Claritin (loratadine): Allergy medicines are usully antihistamines
first generation antihistamines like benadryl, (diphenhydramine) often make people sleepy. Second generation drugs like Allegra and Claritin much less commonly cause drowsiness. ...Read more

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Is there any medication for allergies that doesn't have drowsiness as a side effect?

Is there any medication for allergies that doesn't have drowsiness as a side effect?

Allergy Meds nondrow: Yes Allegra and claritinclarinex, and xyzal (levocetirizine) are supposed to be non drowsy in recommended dose, zyrtec can be a little sedative. ...Read more

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How to deal with drowsiness? It's a side effect of my medication. I don't drink coffee.

Well: There are several approaches if medicine causes drowsiness take it at bedtime or drink tea to stay awake or start drinking coffee also fresh air cool air conditioning and exercise can help you stay awake also getting eight hours sleep and Can help you be more awake during the daytime ...Read more

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If I become resistant to effects of diphenhydramine drowsiness, can I switch to doxylamine, or am I resistant to that too since they're similar drugs?

If I become resistant to effects of diphenhydramine drowsiness, can I switch to doxylamine, or am I resistant to that too since they're similar drugs?

You can switch.: They are different drugs so I would suspect you will be sedated by the doxylamine in spite of prior Benadryl (diphenhydramine) use. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Buying over-the-counter drugs for motion sickness? Which is the least drowsy brand?

Buying over-the-counter drugs for motion sickness? Which is the least drowsy brand?

Motion sickness: Bonine & dramamine (dimenhydrinate) less drowsy formula both contain meclizine, which is less sedating than regular formulation of dramamine (dimenhydrinate). ...Read more

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Are there any anti depresent medications that do not cause sleepiness or make you loose sexual desire, particularly in women?

Absolutely options: There are a wide range of antidepressant medications, many with very different mechanisms of action. The person's doctor is going to be in the best position to determine (from the individual's history, health, other medications, symptoms targeted and these side effects) the next best step. Also consider therapy (cognitive-behavioral or interpersonal) as a complement to or alternative to meds. ...Read more

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When I take a medication that causes drowsiness it gives me severe panic attacks and I can't control it enough to calm it down. How do I prevent this?

Panic disorder?: I've known many anxious people who are afraid to fall asleep. They are hypervigilant for fear that something dreadful will happen. Many such people are dealing with previous trauma issues, and also the need to be "in control" at all times. The best help for this is seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist for good assessment -- plus receiving individual treatment, including medications if needed. ...Read more

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18/m. I feel drowsy all day, esp afternoon. I don't smoke/drink/do drugs. Jog 5k 4-5days a week. I eat 3 meals a day, little/no sugar. Sleeping 6-7h/day

Sleep: At your age, the average number of hours of sleep needed is 8-9. So try to sleep longer first. If that doesn't work, see your doctor for a work up looking into the possibility of sleep disorders, metabolic disorders, and pulmonary problems. ...Read more

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What medications for depression /anxiety don't make you drowsy. I have tried a lot but the make me feel sick and tired. Its been hard finding one that I can follow through.?

What medications for depression /anxiety don't make you drowsy. I have tried a lot but the make me feel sick and tired. Its been hard finding one that I can follow through.?

Several: It would be great to know what meds you take in order to better understand the situation. First of all, you should be talking with the doctor who prescribed your medication about your concern. Secondly, depression & anxiety are very different things. I treat major depression first, then the anxiety. Finally, wellbutrin is a non-sedating antidepressant and Buspar (buspirone) is minimally sedating for anxiety. ...Read more

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Can I take hydrocodone and a non-drowsy allergy medication?

Can I take hydrocodone and a non-drowsy allergy medication?

Yes: Should be ok at normal doses of hydrocodone (5-15 mg per dose, 3-4 times a day). At VERY high doses (more than 120 mg per day), there is a slight risk of heart arrhythmia along with things like ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) or psuedoephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) due to an additive effect. ...Read more

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Best medication combo for anxiety, and bipolar that doesn't cause drowsiness?

Best medication combo for anxiety, and bipolar that doesn't cause drowsiness?

Discussion: This is something you should be discussing with your psychiatrist or primary care physician as a lot of factors are considered before prescribing medications for anxiety/bipolar. ...Read more

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Please describe a good prescription drug to get rid of sleepiness?

Please describe a good prescription drug to get rid of sleepiness?

Provigil: Provigil (generic- modafinil) is used for sleep disorders such as narcolepsy. It is taken during the day to promote wakefulness. You should see your doctor and be evaluated as to why you are so tired. You could have a sleep disorder or some other illness, such as hypothyroidism, that could be causing the problem. It is best to fix the underlying problem rather than put a bandaid on it. ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter medications that can help with excessive daytime sleepiness?

Are there any over-the-counter medications that can help with excessive daytime sleepiness?

Not really: The only stimulant medicines you'll find over the counter are caffeine containing. There are some herbal supplements that also employ certain herbal remedies, but often also have a lot of sugar in them. There are a lot of important (and reversible) reasons for your symptoms that a doctor in their clinic can figure out for you. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to relieve nasal congestion without the use of medication? It makes me too drowsy.

Is there anyway to relieve nasal congestion without the use of medication? It makes me too drowsy.

Diagnosis: Nasal congestion may be the result of allergic rhinitis, non-allergic rhinitis, overuse of over the counter sprays.
It sounds like you are taking a sedating antihistamine. As always, diagnosis precedes treatment. See an ENT doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment. In the meantime try saline (warm salt water) irrigations. ...Read more

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Prescribed perocet 5/325 for tooth extraction, makes me drowsy but does not kill the pain, why if this is supposed to such a strong drug?

Prescribed perocet 5/325 for tooth extraction, makes me drowsy but does not kill the pain, why if this is supposed to such a strong drug?

Could be dry socket: If pain medication is not resolving your discomfort, and it is 2-3 days post op, you could possibly have dry socket, which will hurt no matter how much pain medication you take. If you just had it removed, try 3-4 Ibuprofen tablets every 8 hours in between your doses of Percocet to reduce overall pain and inflammation. ...Read more

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Do histamines (not antihistamine medications) make you drowsy? Antihistamines (no decongestants added) seem to make me more alert when allergies flare

Do histamines (not antihistamine medications) make you drowsy? Antihistamines (no decongestants added) seem to make me more alert when allergies flare

Yes: Histamine is a substance released during an allergic attack and can cause drowsiness. Some of the older generation anti-histamine agents (like benedryl) can cause drowsiness because they can pass the "blood brain" barrier and cause a direct effect on thinking. In rare cases in adults, antihistamines can cause agitation. ...Read more