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Can someone explain the dangers of using sedative-hypnotics to treat insomnia?

Can someone explain the dangers of using sedative-hypnotics to treat insomnia?

Dr Zetoony hit all: Most important issues. An additional issue is that sometimes use of sedative hypnotics can be akin to killing a fly with a cannon (vice a fly swatter). ...Read more

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Sedative (Definition)

A sedative is a medication that induces calm, relaxation, and usually, decreases anxiety. Sedatives - especially at higher doses - can induce sleep. The sleep-inducing attribute is more correctly called "hypnotic". Not surprisingly, most medications produce more than one specific effect. Therefore, one sedative may dominate in the reduction of anxiety and ...Read more


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What sedative hypnotic will work for insomnia just as well as ambien (zolpidem) does?

What sedative hypnotic will work for insomnia just as well as ambien (zolpidem) does?

Many: There are many options across many drug classes for the treatment of insomnia ... One of the newest is a medication which targets the Orexin system (called, Belsomra) which I've had quite a lot of success with recently in the patients I treat. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What's the difference between a sedative a hypnotic and and a depressent?

What's the difference between a sedative a hypnotic and and a depressent?

Different effects: A sedative hypnotic is a medication that is used to either relax you or put you to sleep. Depressants can either be a medication that causes depression or one that suppresses the breathing mechanism in the brain and can lead to cessation of breathing. The latter is more often referred to as a central nervous system depressant. That is as opposed to a mood depressant. ...Read more

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Can chloral hydrate (c2h3cl3o2) be used as a sedative and hypnotic?

Can chloral hydrate (c2h3cl3o2) be used as a sedative and hypnotic?

Yes: That's its main purpose. It's not in wide use today, except as a sedative for eegs (it's one of few sedatives that leave brainwaves intact). Better and safer sedatives like benzodiazepines (valium, ativan) have supplanted chloral hydrate. Have you heard the expression "slipped him a mickey"? That came from the practice of putting Chloral Hydrate drops in someone's drink to knock them out. ...Read more

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Isn't there a STD test that can be given to make sure a strong hypnotic sedative is really needed and that patient understands dangers and doses. ?

Isn't there a STD test that can be given to make sure a strong hypnotic sedative is really needed and that patient understands dangers and doses. ?

Testing for: A standard test for what? Your question is very much unclear. What context are you discussing? Why are you worried about anesthesia? Is it dentistry? Or are you asking about rohipnol use in sexual play? ...Read more

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Are sedatitive medication or drugs classed as "hypnotics" a problem when taken with ethanol?

Are sedatitive medication or drugs classed as "hypnotics" a problem when taken with ethanol?

Interact: Alcohol and sedative hypnotics can have additive effects. This can increase the risk of respiratory depression, motor abnormalities, poor judgement, low blood pressure, balance problems, etc ... And, oh yeah, risk of death. They are not to be mixed. ...Read more

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Do I have to have a sedative for endoscopy?

Do I have to have a sedative for endoscopy?

No: We can perform endoscopy without sedation on select patients. There are a variety of patient, physician and facility issues which should be considered and discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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Could a 16-year-old be prescribed sedatives?

Could a 16-year-old be prescribed sedatives?

16 year old sedative: If there is a good reason to do so a 16 year old can be prescribed sedatives. A psychiatrist, anesthesiologist, or general physician could determine that this is necessary for a variety of reasons. Before such a prescription was made the risks would be weighed against the benefits. ...Read more

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Is there any merit to using hypnotic therapy?

Is there any merit to using hypnotic therapy?

Yes: Hynosis may permit some patients to relax, but it is not curative for a specific illness. ...Read more

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What are some safe sedative besides valerian?

Many: Most sedatives are safe if administered by trained professionals in appropriate doses. ...Read more