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Sleep Aids For Children With Adhd
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?
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
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
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
I've taken 100mg hydroxyzine to help my insomnia - it's not working. What other sleep aids could help?
Having trouble going to sleep and stay asleep. Tried sleep aids. Very little stress in life but still having this problem?
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
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
I haven’t been getting quality sleep. Tossing/turning waking through the night. What sleep aids are safe to take while on Bupropion? (5 months on it)
Difficulty falling: A sleep is often associated w/anxiety while waking up early and not returning to sleep is associated w/depression. Periodic waking is associated w/overall light sleep. Please see you doc who may order a sleep study. A psychologist can help w/stress management. Peace & good health. Try not to nap in daytime or limit it to a cat nap of 15 minutes. Avoid screen monitors & phone 1 h. prior to bed ...Read more
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
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?
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
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?
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
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
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) melatonin: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be safely used. Just make sure that you're not too hung over from it the next day. Also make sure that it does not cause appetite stimulation which could also affect your diabetes. Otherwise there are no warnings regarding diabetes with it. The other option is melatonin. Actually, studies have been done with melatonin and diabetes and has been found that diabetics lack melatonin. The studies show that people who are low in melatonin have a twofold greater chance of developing type two diabetes. Melatoninreceptor sites are interestingly found in the islet cells of the pancreas. This is where Insulin is made. There are no contraindications to diabetics using melatonin. If you do use it, use a maximum of the 3 mg dose taken two hours before your desired bed time. Best wishes. ...Read more
Yes: As a pharmacist, I don't consider it a vitamin (vitamins and minerals to me are things the body has to have to function properly, like vitamin a, c, d, etc. And minerals like iron and magnesium). I would consider it a natural sleep aid, however, since the body does contain and use melatonin in sleep regulation. ...Read more
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 more
Maybe: Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system". There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. If you get better sleep with your sleep aid this could be helpful to your immune syst. ...Read more
Depends on what medicine you took, the dosage in each pill, and whether there is interaction or not, I would at least recommend you call a local emergency mental health number immediately and discuss the issue with them and follow their recommendations
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Not yet.: Start with eliminating caffiene, having a set bedtime, and use the bed only for sleeping. Then I would try benedryl as a next step before moving to prescription meds. ...Read more
Dorwsiness: Otc sleep aids typically contain diphenhydramine, the active ingredient in benadryl. Drowsiness is a big side effect of this medicine so any prescription medicine that can cause drowsiness like pain killers for example should be used with caution with sleep aids containing diphenhydramine. ...Read more
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)
A bio-psycho-social disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD typically interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. It is usually present in childhood, continuing into adulthood, and is genetically transmitted. ...Read more
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