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I took OTC sleep aids. Two in a pack. The instructions said children & adults 12 and over take 2. I felt like I was dying, couldn't breathe. Why?

I took OTC sleep aids. Two in a pack. The instructions said children & adults 12 and over take 2. I felt like I was dying, couldn't breathe. Why?

OTC sleep aid: Depends on the otc sleep aid you used but don't take it again until you see your doctor. You may have had an allergic reaction to one of the ingredients. But f you have the difficulty breathing occur again and you did not take the same medication, go to the er. Read more

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What are some non-narcotic sleep aids?

What are some non-narcotic sleep aids?

Sleep aids: Some are Ambien, Prosom, Lunesta, (eszopiclone) Antihistamines, Melatonin, etc. Read more

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Can I take cetirizine with other sleep aids?

Can I take cetirizine with other sleep aids?

Yes...: But do note that cetirizine does have mild drowsiness effect and thus it may cause additional drowsiness. 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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Otc sleep aids that can mesh with zoloft (sertraline)?

Otc sleep aids that can mesh with zoloft (sertraline)?

Not a problem: Over the counter sleeping pills (usually containing Diphenhydramine or benadryl) should not be used regularly as they cause daytime sleepiness, decreased attention and memory, and tolerance develops. However, there is no specific problem in taking them with sertraline (zoloft). Read more

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Is it harmful to take sleep aids if you have bradycardia?

Is it harmful to take sleep aids if you have bradycardia?

Sleep and Brady: Most otc sleep aids have antihistamines which can prolong qtc interval on the ekg causing torsades which can cause suddent heart attack or rhythm problems, so you would be increasing risk of heart attack, and cognitive issues. Read more

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Is it safe to use sleep aids or herbs to help my baby sleep better?

Is it safe to use sleep aids or herbs to help my baby sleep better?

No: Never give your baby anything to try and help them sleep. This is extremely dangerous. Just because something is labeled an herb, or sold in a health food store does not mean that it is safe. It is never advisable under any circumstances to give an infant a sleep aide whether it be by prescription or over the counter. Read more

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What are some over-the-counter sleep aids I could use to help me fall asleep?

What are some over-the-counter sleep aids I could use to help me fall asleep?

Try melatonin: It is natural and won't destroy your sleep cycles like other sleep aides that commonly contain Diphenhydramine. They will put you to sleep but destroy your sleep cycles so when you awake you might be groggy and even if you slept 8 or more hours still feel tired. Read more

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Scientists have discovered any OTC sleep aids that have something other than diphenhydramine?

Scientists have discovered any OTC sleep aids that have something other than diphenhydramine?

Yes: Melatonin is an over the counter substance that many people take to aid sleep. It is available in many places where herbs or supplements are sold.
Also, GABA is used by many for aiding sleep. It is also available over the counter. Read more

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Can you please discuss the over-the-counter sleep aids I could use to help me fall asleep at night?

Sleep aid: You can try using melatonin as directed. Diphenhydramine (benadryl (diphenhydramine) like) will only work temporarily since your body will gradually adjust to this side effect. Most importantly avoid eating or drinking anything with caffeine after 5 pm. This includes tea and chocolate. Taking a hot shower in the evening will help you relax and the cooling effect will help your body signals to promote sleep. Read more

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I've taken 100mg hydroxyzine to help my insomnia - it's not working. What other sleep aids could help?

I've taken 100mg hydroxyzine to help my insomnia - it's not working. What other sleep aids could help?

Treat the anxiety: Your anxiety is likely the cause for your insomnia (as would depression). Consider consulting a psychiatrist given the number of problems you are experiencing.
Hydroxyzine does little if anything on the anxiety or depression. Read more

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I've tried otc sleep aids and 6mg lunesta (eszopiclone) and 20mg of ambien. What other sleep medications are available I could try?

I've tried otc sleep aids and 6mg lunesta (eszopiclone) and 20mg of ambien. What other sleep medications are available I could try?

NONE: Get a sleep study to rule out OSA. Consider exercise, meditation, prayer, progressive relaxation and keep a sleep journal. Consult a clinical psychologist and consider hypnotherapy. Read " The Relaxation Response" by Herbert Benson, M.D. Get off all sleeping medicines. Read more

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I stopped the insane amount of OTC sleep aids I was on for 3 yrs, cold turkey, 2 wks ago. Are withdrawal symptoms normal? When will they stop?

I stopped the insane amount of OTC sleep aids I was on for 3 yrs, cold turkey, 2 wks ago. Are withdrawal symptoms normal? When will they stop?

OTC Sleep aids: I understand your distress of withdrawal symptoms and need for relief.
Being on OTC sleep aids for 3 years, you developed Dependence, going “cold turkey” led to withdrawal symptoms - nausea, sweating, shaking, extreme anxiety or other symptoms.
Your Health is Precious!
For Diagnosis of acute withdrawal symptoms and for relief of distress, go to ER Read more

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Past wk just began to have difficulty falling asleep before 1 am (wide awake!); so hard to get up in am; sleep thro alarm. Sleep aids don't help. Why?

Past wk just began to have difficulty falling asleep before 1 am (wide awake!); so hard to get up in am; sleep thro alarm. Sleep aids don't help. Why?

Not sure.: Possible causes of insomnia include poor sleep hygiene, traveling with change in time zones, chronic pain, frequent night-time urination, problems breathing, shift work, anxiety disorders (esp. PTSD), depression, bipolar disorder, stress, medications (i.e. stimulants), caffeine, alcohol, eating large amts before bed, aging, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, etc. Read more

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I have sinusitis for years but I started therapy on April. Just curious: I know sinusitis suiferers have distrubed sleep, but do they need sleep aids?

I have sinusitis for years but I started therapy on April. Just curious: I know sinusitis suiferers have distrubed sleep, but do they need sleep aids?

Sinusitis and sleep: Sinus problems can affect your airways and cause disruption of sleep however I would prioritize treating sinus issues rather than using sleep aids. ENT consultation would be the best way to go. Read more

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My 32 year old daughter falls asleep easily but wakes up every hour on the hour does anyone have any suggestions melatonin and otc sleep aids don't he?

My 32 year old daughter falls asleep easily but wakes up every hour on the hour does anyone have any suggestions melatonin and otc sleep aids don't he?

Sleep study: To get into this pattern it is likely she never achieves any deep restorative sleep which in most will last at least 3-4 hrs in the first segment. Waking at hourly intervals may indicate an underlying medical condition that must be treated before a healthy sleep pattern is possible. I would seek out a sleep study, often done at specialty centers overnight. Analysis allows you to focus treatment. Read more

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I have a cpap and take restoril (temazepam). Have tried other sleep aids but still wake up 6 to 10 times a night. What else can I do to sleep more soundly?

I have a cpap and take restoril (temazepam). Have tried other sleep aids but still wake up 6 to 10 times a night. What else can I do to sleep more soundly?

Need further eval: It sounds like you need to see your sleep medicine doctor again, because something isn't working for you. Do you have restless legs in addition to sleep apnea? Is your depression being treated? I suggest revisiting your sleep doctor first. Read more

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What are some OTC sleep-aids?

What are some OTC sleep-aids?

Melatonin & benedryl: Are 2. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa), Lemon Balm ( (Melissa officinalis)), passion flower (Passiflora incarnata), Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), Hops (Humulus lupulus), Lavender (Lavandula officinalis) & St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) are herbs which can aid with sleep. Read more

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What drugs are effective sleep-aids?

What drugs are effective sleep-aids?

A variety: A variety of meds can help, but for most, healthy sleep habits beat any drug, although can take some time to show improvment. Shut tv computer off an hour before bed and never use in bed. Go to bed and get up at the same time 7 days/week. Don't spend more than 8 hours in bed. Don't sleep during the day. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, especially late in the day. See your doctor if needed. Read more

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