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My gynocologist suggested dmae as a mild anti-anxiety agent to help with sleep. My research suggests otherwise. Can someone clarify this for me?

My gynocologist suggested dmae as a mild anti-anxiety agent to help with sleep. My research suggests otherwise. Can someone clarify this for me?

DMAE: Dimethylaminoethanol is used for water treatment & in the coatings industry & as additive to paint removers & to protect vs. Erosion. It is also precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine & also it is processed by the liver into choline. It was shown to elevate the mood & increase alertness & somewhat improve adhd, although no conclusive studies so far. ...Read more

Anxiolytic (Definition)

Any medicine that makes a person less troubled by anxiety is "anxiolytic" ("lysis" is literally a loosening). The term is traditionally used for medicines but perhaps insight / behavioral treatments for anxiety or intervening in a crazy life situation (one of a physician's most helpful procedures) ...Read more


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I feel really stressed out by everything. I am taking anti-anxiety meds but can't sleep sometimes?

I feel really stressed out by everything. I am taking anti-anxiety meds but can't sleep sometimes?

Use good sleep: Hygiene. 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, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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What to do if I have read the side affects of anti anxiety pills and I do not want to take them anymore is it bad if just take a sleeping pills instead?

What to do if I have read the side affects of anti anxiety pills and I do not want to take them anymore is it bad if just take a sleeping pills instead?

Not a good idea: the medicine works because of the consistent use of it in your bloodstream, thats how it keeps you calm. Everyone freaks out over side effects without giving the medicine a try. you might have none. I have taken medicine post surgery and had little to no side effects. Rethink this. Ask your doctor for any more questions. ...Read more

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What sort of anti anxiety drugs/sleeping pills DON'T depress breathing ?

What sort of anti anxiety drugs/sleeping pills DON'T depress breathing ?

All have potential: All prescription anxiolytics (anti-anxiety) drugs and sleeping pills have the potential of depressing breathing. In people with comprised respiratory systems the risk is even greater. ...Read more

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When i drink wine and anti anxiety meds together i can sleep 12 hours. When i take the meds and vodka i wake up after 3 to four hours, why difference?

Danger!!!: Please don't mix those meds . They are dangerous together and as you report the results can be unpredictable . Talk to your doctor about sleeping meds . Much better choices out there. ...Read more

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One drink to a few drinks mixed with anti anxiety meds helps me to relax or sleep, the meds by itself don't work, if i can't die what's the danger?

One drink to a few drinks mixed with anti anxiety meds helps me to relax or sleep, the meds by itself don't work, if i can't die what's the danger?

You can die: Mixing alcohol and medications is very dangerous and you should avoid. Many things can happen when you mix the two and death is a possibility. Avoid this and go to your doctor to see other options. ...Read more

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I have a hard time sleeping, part to anxiety. on antidepressants&anti anxiety meds, and 600mcg of melatonin daily. Is the melatonin safe to use daily?

I have a hard time sleeping, part to anxiety. on antidepressants&anti anxiety meds, and 600mcg of melatonin daily. Is the melatonin safe to use daily?

Felt to be safe: Overall there is limited data to suggest that long term melatonin use is harmful, but remember, ideally you want to address why you have a sleeping issue and optimize your sleep hygiene, instead of having to rely on a medication/supplement to use daily. ...Read more

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Is there an OCD or anti anxiety med that will not put me to sleep so much? I tryed paxil, (paroxetine) wellbutin, elavil, but could not stay awake. Knocks me out.

Is there an OCD or anti anxiety med that will not put me to sleep so much?  I tryed paxil, (paroxetine) wellbutin, elavil, but could not stay awake. Knocks me out.

Try few others: Surprisingly, medicine within same class may have totally difference side effects. Elavil is highly sedating to many. You may try cymbalta, (duloxetine) prestiq or luvox. You many have luck with another ssris, such as Lexapro or prozac. ...Read more

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Sleeping bettEr when youre working all night as a callncenter agent?

Sleeping bettEr when youre working all night as a callncenter agent?

Natural Sleep Aides: Try two sleep aides. 1) Melatonin up to 5 mg will help you get to sleep. 2) Glycine total of 3,000 mg at bedtime will help you stay asleep if you are one who easily awakes a few hours after sleeping. 3) Ashwagandha 250 - 500 mg at bedtime will also help aid sleep. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more