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What prescription drugs are there for insomnia?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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What prescription drugs are there for insomnia?

Insomnia: Sedative-hypnotics such as Dalmane & Restoril, Benzodiazepines such as Diazepam, non-benzo's. such as Ambien & Lunesta (eszopiclone). ...Read more

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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


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What's the best way to treat insomnia when nothing else seems to work? I've tried cutting out caffeine, meditation, melatonin, prescription drugs…

What's the best way to treat insomnia when nothing else seems to work? I've tried cutting out caffeine, meditation, melatonin, prescription drugs…

A patchwork quilt: Approach is best. Try improving sleep hygiene across the board. Sleep Hygiene is Key.
Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, > ...Read more

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What are good prescription medication that can be used to treat insomnia that are not addictive?

What are good prescription medication that can be used to treat insomnia that are not addictive?

Melatonin: Http://drug. Addictionblog. Org/can-you-get-addicted-to-melatonin/
Read about it here. It's not likely to be addicting. Best! ...Read more

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What is safe to take for insomnia if its caused by "busy mind" and nothing else? Outside of prescription pills.

What is safe to take for insomnia if its caused by "busy mind" and nothing else? Outside of prescription pills.

Agree w Dr. Cordas ;: Dr acharya. Some herbals that are used to help sleep include valerian, kava kava, chamomile, passion flower, hops, skullcap ; california poppy. Melatonin is also excellent. ...Read more

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I have been prescribed klonopin for occasional insomnia periodically over the last several years. My dosage has always been 2mg to be taken at night prior to bed only. I have always stayed at this does and always taken my prescription exactly as prescribe

I have been prescribed klonopin for occasional insomnia periodically over the last several years. My dosage has always been 2mg to be taken at night prior to bed only. I have always stayed at this does and always taken my prescription exactly as prescribe

Klonopin, (clonazepam) Insomnia: I understand your concern about insomnia.
You deserve good night sleep!
We were born with natural function of our body and mind to have sleep
Stresses of marriage, separation, divorce, parenting, children leaving home, work cause anxiety and insomnia
Klonopin is for Anxiety, not a sleeping medication
Use Breathing Relaxation, Visual Imagery, Relaxation Music
See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Therapy ...Read more

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I'm taking a prescription of 50-100 mgs of trazodone a night for insomnia. I cannot sleep, so for 2 weeks I added 3 unisoms a night. Is this dangerous?

I'm taking a prescription of 50-100 mgs of trazodone a night for insomnia. I cannot sleep, so for 2 weeks I added 3 unisoms a night. Is this dangerous?

Yes: It is more than prescription strength Diphenhydramine and destroys the part of the sleep cycle where you get refreshed and restored even though your eyes are closed and you are in the state of sleep. You will actually become sleep deprived! Contact your doc for help with your sleep! ...Read more

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Can I add Melatonin with another sleeping prescription such as Zolpidem. Is it Safe? Have severe insomnia. Zolpidem knock me out only 4 hours then wokep

Can I add Melatonin with another sleeping prescription such as Zolpidem. Is it Safe? Have severe insomnia. Zolpidem knock me out only 4 hours then wokep

You can certainly: Try melatonin but it is an essentially ineffective medication. You should see a good psychologist to uncover the reasons for insomnia and try some non medicinal methods rather than rely on medication all of which eventually fail. ...Read more

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What would you suggest for alleviating anxiety and insomnia due to prednisone? (do not like taking prescription sleep meds)

What would you suggest for alleviating anxiety and insomnia due to prednisone? (do not like taking prescription sleep meds)

Challenge: Typically I don't break up the dose through the day unless you are on more than 60 mg. Also I recommend avoiding excess caffeine and other stimulant medications while on the medication. It is hard because it is exogenous steroid. Try to take in the morning. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the highest legal prescription dose of diphenahydramine? I have insomnia, and when I didn't have money for my prescription flurazepam 30 mg, I took benadryl. Reading somewhere that 200 mg was the max prescription dose, I've been taking it for mont

What is the highest legal prescription dose of diphenahydramine? I have insomnia, and when I didn't have money for my prescription flurazepam 30 mg, I took benadryl. Reading somewhere that 200 mg was the max prescription dose, I've been taking it for mont

There: There is no "legal" dose of any medication. Recommended maximum doses are listed in plain view on medicine containers. Exceeding those recommended doses significant increases the chances of experiencing an adverse side effects which could include death. You need to be discussing your medication use with you physician as exceeding recommended does or combining medications can have unintended consequences even in the healthiest individuals. ...Read more

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I have tried prescription HRT for perimenopausal symptoms (hot flashes, insomnia, fluid retention) with no relief. Now I'm trying Estroven.??

I have tried prescription HRT for perimenopausal symptoms (hot flashes, insomnia, fluid retention) with no relief. Now I'm trying Estroven.??

Another option: There are certain SSRI medications that can help with hot flashes other than estrogen products. Estroven is another form of estrogen that may or may not be effective if the other estrogen products failed. Talk to your MD about this option. ...Read more

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My psychiatrist prescription trazodone 50mg for insomnia on 4/3. Still having a hard time sleeping. No caffeine, take concerta early am. Thoughts/what can I do?

My psychiatrist prescription trazodone 50mg for insomnia on 4/3. Still having a hard time sleeping. No caffeine, take concerta early am. Thoughts/what can I do?

Sleep medications: Continue to talk to your psychiatrist about what the medication is or isn't doing for you. There may need to be a medication and/or dosage change with your medications. Also consult a psychologist or mental health practitioner to help learn skills that will assist with your sleep (such as relaxation exercises and other good techniques). ...Read more

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Equivalent to seroquel but without the s/e of wt gain, hyperglycemia? I take it along Effexor (venlafaxine) prescription for sleep but still have trouble sleeping.

Equivalent to seroquel but without the s/e of wt gain, hyperglycemia? I take it along Effexor (venlafaxine) prescription for sleep but still have trouble sleeping.

If you don't need: An antipsychotic, then you could try trazodone. Start on a low dose under doctor's supervision and then gradually increase by 50 mg a night until you are sleeping adequately but not hungover the next day. ...Read more

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Have prescription for 1mg klonopin, (clonazepam) I normally take it every Sunday night, as I have anxiety and trouble sleeping. Is it ok to use this once a week?

Have prescription for 1mg klonopin, (clonazepam) I normally take it every Sunday night, as I have anxiety and trouble sleeping. Is it ok to use this once a week?

That's a low dose: And an infrequent use pattern. Good for avoiding dependence, but I wonder why you need it only on Sunday PM's? Do you sleet the other nights? Are you dreading work/school on Monday AM's? Probably ought to check out why and address that. Psychologists are great for just this kind of problem. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a hypnotic drug for insomnia?

Is it safe to take a hypnotic drug for insomnia?

Usually yes: If you are basically health, and you take the medicine as prescribed, and don't combine it with other drugs or alcohol, or use one and then go out driving or using heavy equipment. Hypnotic drugs are usually most helpful short term, when there is a period of stress. If you need one long term you should get an evaluation for other problems - a sleep disorder or anxiety or depression. ...Read more

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What is considered the number one way of overcoming insomnia without drugs?

Try this: Sleep restriction therapy : (1) good sleep hygiene- try sleeping same time and out of bed same time (2) key is to be out of bed same time 7 days/week even cannot sleep (3) only go to bed when sleepy but still wake up same time like 6am (4), regular exercise and same sleep wake cycle, (5) balance diet, cut or eliminate caffeine & stimulant intake (6) daily bm is key. See your doc prn. ...Read more

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What are the most effective approachess of overcoming insomnia without drugs?

What are the most effective approachess of overcoming insomnia without drugs?

Good sleep hygiene: 1.Keep regular bed & waking time (even weekends). Rise same time each day, regardless of time you fell asleep. 2. Develop relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath/shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress & pillows. 4. Bedroom is only for sleep & sex. No work materials, computers, & tv in room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hr. ...Read more

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What non-habit forming drug can alleviate chronic insomnia and school test anxiety?

What non-habit forming drug can alleviate chronic insomnia and school test anxiety?

Look beyond drugs: I think most of the time that using therapeutic techniques such as relaxation, cognitive therapies and stress management is often more helpful and long lasting than utilizing medications alone for treatment of insomnia and anxiety issues. Talk with a counselor at your school/university about getting some assistance with test anxiety issues. They can help. ...Read more

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Which drugs are good for insomnia. I don't feel comfortable using ambien (zolpidem).

Melatonin, herbals: There are many types and causes of insomnia. Assuming yours is the occasional, stress-related type (rather than one such as depression that requires more specific treatment), melatonin and/or various herbal mixtures (such as those sold at whole foods or earth fare) are relatively safe and sometimes quite helpful. ...Read more

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Night shift duty cause me insomnia I can't sleep on my normal time I stayed up til morning & sleep whole day. Is it can be healed? Or do I need drugs?

Night shift duty cause me insomnia I can't sleep on my normal time I stayed up til morning & sleep whole day. Is it can be healed? Or do I need drugs?

Yes, you can heal: Night shifts can mess up the sleep/wake cycle. Your body is confused but can straighten out. Start a regular routine. Eat at the same time everyday. Begin to go to bed earlier every night. Increase how early in half hour increments until you are to 10 or 11 P.M. Oil massage with a warm organic oil such as sesame or olive will help, yoga poses and warm milk works. No daytime sleep! ...Read more

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If I use. 5 mg of ativan (lorazepam) every night for insomnia, in time will I build up resistance to drug and require a higher dose to give the same effect?

Very possible: This is a well-known and common risk of anti-anxiety medications chemically called "benzodiazepines" (or "benzos"). It's the main reason they are not recommended for long-term use, usually defined as over 2 weeks. Of course, not everyone reacts the same: some people develop tolerance (they "build up resistance") even sooner, while some take much longer, or never do. But why risk it? ...Read more

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Drugs likeclopomide causes insomnia?

Not likely: The only reason for sleep problem may be that you might have to go to the bathroom more often during the night. ...Read more

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Insomnia - can this be a side effects of drugs?

INSOMNIA: Yes it can be but you have to tell which drugs are you taklng. Are these prescription drugs or street drugs. Several drugs can cause insomnia. ...Read more

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What can I take for insomnia, I've tried all the OTC the drugs & they leave me with a hangover feeling the next morning...Help.

What can I take for insomnia, I've tried all the OTC the drugs & they leave me with a hangover feeling the next morning...Help.

Meditation: In many popular articles there are helpful tips for falling asleep, such as always going to bed at the same time, turning off all lights and electronic devices, especially the tv, refraining from food and drink for a period of time before trying to sleep, and practicing some form of meditation, etc. However, insomnia may also be due to depression or some other medical problem. See your doctor fir. ...Read more

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My psychiatrist wants to put me on an anti-psychotic to help with my insomnia. Is this normal? What drugs are common?

My psychiatrist wants to put me on an anti-psychotic to help with my insomnia. Is this normal? What drugs are common?

Not rare, not best: I'll provide a link to a piece on the most common ; respected: http://www. Uspharmacist. Com/content/d/feature/i/1369/c/26256/
low doses of antipsychotics for insomnia, while common, is not recommended. There is little evidence of benefit and big concern regarding adverse effects especially in elderly. You already take a lot! Try to find a sleep clinic specialist. Best! ...Read more

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20yo, suffer from worries and health anxiety, suffering from insomnia for a month now, don't know what to do, don't want to use drugs for side effect, help?

20yo, suffer from worries and health anxiety, suffering from insomnia for a month now, don't know what to do, don't want to use drugs for side effect, help?

Anxiety: I understand your distress.
Believe in yourself who you are.
Feel good about your achievements and Respect yourself.
Become Captain over your Anxiety, not Victim.
Feel Blessings of your Body and Mind, do not focus on Health Anxiety.
Do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Yoga, Meditation.
Exercise-walking, swimming

See Psychiatrist for Therapy for stresses of relationships, school, work and finances ...Read more

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I am having the worst spell of insomnia yet. One day I sleep only 3 hours, next day can't sleep at all. Z-drugs & benzos useless due to tolerance. Very small town no sleep doc anywhere near me.

I am having the worst spell of insomnia yet. One day I sleep only 3 hours, next day can't sleep at all. Z-drugs & benzos useless due to tolerance. Very small town no sleep doc anywhere near me.

Several options: Insomnia sometimes has a cause that can be figured out ; addressed directly, e.g., depression or sleep apnea. Even lacking a sleep specialist, your family doc or internist should be able to help. Cognitive therapy (cbt-i) can help too. Other meds to consider: sedating antihistamines (diphenhydramine, hydroxyzine) ; sedating antidepressants (trazodone, doxepin, mirtazepine). ...Read more

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I have really BAD insomnia and I wanted to try to take some meds for it what is a good over the counter drug that is light on the stomach/non drowy?

I have really BAD insomnia and I wanted to try to take some meds for it what is a good over the counter drug that is light on the stomach/non drowy?

Melatonin is option: Maintain a regular bedtime and awakening time schedule including weekends. Get up about the same time every day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime many include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to soothing music. 3. Sleep in a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool; >>. ...Read more

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Dr gave me Xanax (alprazolam) XR 3mg @night for gad/insomnia, and I honestly barely feel it. Never abused drugs, so I'm concerned why I don't feel such a high dose?

This has generally: Been my experience with this medication. It is slow release and long acting and not at all suitable for insomnia. The few people I have on it are given it in the morning and are given a prn dose for daytime panic. There are better options for generalized anxiety, including cognitive therapy, exercise, acupuncture, meditation, tai chi, yoga, massage, naturopathic treatments, and other benzo's. ...Read more

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Severe insomnia on arimidex (anastrozole)? Is trazadone a good drug for sleep and anxiety

Severe insomnia on arimidex (anastrozole)? Is trazadone a good drug for sleep and anxiety

See ans: If Armidex is causing insomnia, you might first try changing the time you take it. If you take it in the morning, try bedtime dose. Trazodone combined with Accuretic, (hydrochlorothiazide and quinapril) which you take, may have additive effects lowering your blood pressure. Melatonin at night may help with no drug interactions. Discuss with your doctor. Also limit caffeine which will keep you awake. I hope this helps. Take care. ...Read more

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Just starting to lose weight other drugs was on, now dr ad 20mg mirtazapine to cipralex20mg, clonazapam2 for insomnia, appetite. How avoid weight gain?

Weight gain: Unfortunately most psychiatric medication can result in weight gain, but weight gain depends on what we eat, how much we eat and how much we excersize. Eat fruit, vegetable, healthy diet and excersize. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me about the drug Elavil (amitriptyline)? I was given to take at bedtime 10mg for insomnia. Isn't this an antidepressant? I don't want mental changes.

Can someone tell me about the drug Elavil (amitriptyline)? I was given to take at bedtime 10mg for insomnia. Isn't this an antidepressant? I don't want mental changes.

Please repost: Please repost your question and let us know how the doctor who gave you the prescription answered your question; or, if you have not asked the doctor who gave you the prescription this question, why not. ...Read more

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Hello, I have obsessive compulsive and my doctor prescribed to me sertraline, but now I have insomnia. What a safe drug can I use with sertraline?

D/W provider: I would discuss with your prescribing provider before making any changes to your medication regiment. If you take it at night - try taking it is am. You might want to discuss the option of melatonin with your physician. ...Read more