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What is a better natural sleeping aid to take: valerian root or melatonin?

What is a better natural sleeping aid to take: valerian root or melatonin?

Depends : Some people will sleep with one and not the other. Both are safe. You have to find out which one, or if one, will work for you. ...Read more

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Melatonin (Definition)

Melatonin_is a hormone that helps regulate sleep. Some studies suggest that there is abnormal melatonin production in children with autism and other developmental disorders. Several studies suggest that melatonin may be useful for improving sleep, if ...Read more


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Passion flower, valerian root or kava which is best for anxiety with less side effects?

Passion flower, valerian root or kava which is best for anxiety with less side effects?

No single best: Just like there is no best single drug for anxiety, there is no single best herb. We are all unique biochemically and a drug or herb that might work great for one person may not help another at all. Of the 3 you mention kava causes the most side effects. You can try passion flower ; valerian to see which works better for you, but holy basil (tulsi), rhodiola and l-theanine are also worth trying. ...Read more

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Which would you rather have a patient take for insomnia, rozerem (ramelteon) or an OTC melatonin supplement?

Which would you rather have a patient take for insomnia, rozerem (ramelteon) or an OTC melatonin supplement?

Evaluate first: Before medicating at all, i would rather the patient have a thorough evaluation of the insomnia. It has many possible causes, many of which can be eliminated with healthy sleep hygiene alone. In the right situations, melatonin can be very helpful (like disrupted sleep cycle due to traveling through time zones, etc. Rozerem (ramelteon) is a melotonin receptor agonist, not melatonin itself. ...Read more

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If melatonin is the 'natural' sleep aid, is there a 'natural' aid for anxiety? Does something like that exist?

If melatonin is the 'natural' sleep aid, is there a 'natural' aid for anxiety? Does something like that exist?

There are natural: supplements for anxiety, GABA being one. Please check w/your doc or a natural medicine professional before choosing any of these. Also consider using the "Relaxation Response" book and technique by Herbert Benson. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Which medicine is better for insomnia trazadone or zoplicone?

Which medicine is better for insomnia trazadone or zoplicone?

Insomnia: Zopiclone is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant and trazodone is an antidepressant. Both can be used for insomnia. I find with these medications - that determining what will work best for a person - requires a medication trial to find out. ...Read more

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Is it better to take Ambien (zolpidem) or melatonin?

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Is it better to take Ambien (zolpidem) or melatonin?

Melatonin: Ambien (zolpidem) is prescription sleep aid. Melatonin is over the counter. Each works differently for different people. Best to get advice from your doc. Who knows your case better. ...Read more

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Is short-acting or time release melatonin better, or is one better for certain things?

Depends on need: For difficulty going to sleep, the short-acting sublingual form 30 min before bedtime is recommended. However, for continual waking up at night, the long-acting form right before bedtime is recommended. Use the minimum dose necessary to have an effect. See your sleep specialist for further discussion. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/940.html ...Read more

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Which is safer and which works best- Buspar (buspirone) or ativan for anxiety treatment? In someone with a heart condition which is safer?

Which is safer and which works best- Buspar (buspirone) or ativan for anxiety treatment? In someone with a heart condition which is safer?

Anxiety Tretment?: Ideally u should discuss this with u pcp and based on his finding , he can recommend to u what to take .In general Ativan can cause. More sedation and habit forming , but can work better and faster than buspar (buspirone). ...Read more

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Is there really no issue for teenagers to take melatonin or valerian root?

Is there really no issue for teenagers to take melatonin or valerian root?

Medicines for teens: Melatonin is a natural hormone used to help induce sleep, especially helpful when it comes to jet lag. This has been studied in children and found to be safe. There is no way to overdose. Valerian root is an herbal medicine. I am not aware of any study to show its safety in children. It is used for anxiety and insomnia but its effectiveness is not clear. I would not suggest using it. ...Read more

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Is taurine a safe and effective supplement to increase alertness in the morning? Is it a better alternative than coffee?

Is taurine a safe and effective supplement to increase alertness in the morning? Is it a better alternative than coffee?

Heart Damage: No. Taurine is causing the heart rate to increase needlessly, causing the heart muscle to pound harder than it needs to. It is a very addicting and very dangerous product that i advise all of my patients to avoid. ...Read more

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Which tea is a better digestive aid: chamomile or ginger?

Which tea is a better digestive aid: chamomile or ginger?

Listen to your body: They are both safe to try. See which works the best for you. There is wonderful list in healing digetive disorders by andrew gaeddert called the kitchen pharmacy. For intestinal gas 1 t of dried thyme leaves steeped for five minutes makes a very effective tea. ...Read more

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Is there a dangerous interaction between cyclobenzaprine and the herbal supplement rhodiola? I've read that this herb acts as an MAOI.

Is there a dangerous interaction between cyclobenzaprine and the herbal supplement rhodiola? I've read that this herb acts as an MAOI.

Well possible: The herbal medications can cause serious medical issues. You need to discuss the use of the herbal medications with your doctor. Do not go mixing prescribed medications with anything unless fully discussed with your doctor ...Read more

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Is it safe to take .5 of Zanix with either Ambien (zolpidem) or RESTORIL?

Is it safe to take  .5 of Zanix with either Ambien (zolpidem) or RESTORIL?

No: Mixing Xanax (alprazolam) with sedatives like ambien or restoril is not safe due to additive effects of drowsiness and sedation both meds can cause. This is even magnified for people your age. Please do not drive or operate any machinery on these medications. Please consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is valerian root addictive as an antidepresant?and also does it have any tolerance like xanx?thanks

Is valerian root addictive as an antidepresant?and also does it have any tolerance like xanx?thanks

Not usually: But, have found St John's Wort to be a better anti-depressant. Valerian root seems to work a bit better for tension and anxiety, and may stabilize sleep. I do not think either is truly addictive, but tolerance may develop over time. ...Read more

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Which is better for you tea or coffee?

Which is better for you tea or coffee?

Green & white tea: Both have pro's & con's. My vote would be for green, red or white tea. Tea is derived from the camellia sinensis tree. The leaves contain antioxidant polyphenols which have an anti-carcinogenic effect. Lighter tea (white & green) is less processed. Studies suggest green tea can assist w glycemic control. Herbal teas can be selected for their specific healthful effects. ...Read more

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Can valerian root help with insomina? Or help rest thr body or is melatonin better? Whats more effectivd to help me fsll asleep

Can valerian root help with insomina? Or help rest thr body or is melatonin better? Whats more effectivd to help me fsll asleep

Varies: It depends on the person, both are touted as sleep aids. There are a few combination agents that include valerian, melatonin and kava + herbal tea -- to sort of throw the kitchen sink at getting you to sleep. This might be better choice to start, since if it fails, it moves you right to needing a prescription! ...Read more

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Hi! which is more effective in terms of treating sleeping disorder? Kava kava or Valerian?

Hi! which is more effective in terms of treating sleeping disorder? Kava kava or Valerian?

Depends: Herbs and vitamins are similar to medications in that none works for all. It is more a question of which helps you and which doesnt. Unfortunately, that comes down to trial and error. There is also Melatonin, Tryptophan, and Lobelia to name a few other substances that are often helpful. While the medications work 'better", they have more side effects and some are addicting ...Read more

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Which med is better at not causing a racing heart..nyquil or benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Which med is better at not causing a racing heart..nyquil or benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Nyquil: Sinex or severe cold and flu would cause a racing heart, both contain phenylepherine, a decongestant, that is not recommended also for people with high blood pressure, please read the labels carefully. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and other nyquil preparations not containing epinephrine wouldn't cause such, good luck ...Read more