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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride (Definition)

Hydroxyzine is the generic name for medicines called Atarax or vistaril (hydroxyzine). These are antihistamines that can reduce itching but also cause drowsiness. Vistaril (hydroxyzine) is also used as ...Read more


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What is the better sleep aid?

What is the better sleep aid?

There isn't one best: Sleep medication. Different sleep medications suit different patients and different conditions more optimally. Melatonin is often used because it is often effective, inexpensive, available over the counter and does not cause drowsiness the next day. Make sure that you are using excellent sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off. ...Read more

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Is there an OTC sleep aid that actually works?

Is there an OTC sleep aid that actually works?

Sleep hygiene.: Generally, go to bed at the same time every night, awaken the same time every morning, stay in bed if you awaken during the night, no naps during the day, no activities in bed other than sleeping and relations, don't eat within four hours of going to sleep. Melatonin supplementation can help, too. ...Read more

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Is there a sleep aid that is not addictive?

Is there a sleep aid that is not addictive?

Different options: Some herbals that are used to help sleep include Valerian, Kava Kava, Chamomile, Passion Flower, Hops, Skullcap & California Poppy.
Melatonin is always a good option. Kava Kava can cause liver problems. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, I need a sleep aid recomendation?

Hello doctors, I need a sleep aid recomendation?

Sleep aid: Otc aids include melatonin, diphenhydramine, and herbals such as valerian root and chamomile. Prescription aids include ambien, Lunesta, sonata, (zaleplon) anti-depressants, and anti-anxiety meds. ...Read more

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Trazodone (desyrel) is a sleep aid?

Trazodone (desyrel) is a sleep aid?

Technically not: But it is often used off label for sleep and works very well in many patients for sleep. It is fda approved as an antidepressant. ...Read more

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Is there a sleep aid without diphenhydramine?

Melatonin: My first suggestion is to practice good sleep hygiene -- keep your sleep structured, use bed for sleep and intimacy only, avoid lying in bed long periods, avoid day time napping. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone and over-the-counter supplement that can help improve sleep if taken at bedtime. It is not, and does not contain diphenhydramine. Give yourself 6-8 hours to sleep. Good luck! ...Read more

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How is trazodone (desyrel) used as a sleep aid?

How is trazodone (desyrel) used as a sleep aid?

Start low: Start with 50 mg.@ h.S. If this is not enough go to 100 mg. ...Read more

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What is a better sleep aid lorazapan or ambian?

What is a better sleep aid lorazapan or ambian?

Depends on problem: It depends on the exact problem for which the patient is unable to sleep. Lorazepam is indicated to treat anxiety symptoms. Ambien (zolpidem) is indicated for insomnia of the type where sleep initiation isThe problem. If it is anxiety that prevents you from falling or staying asleep then, perhaps lorazepam is better. If one does not suffer from anxiety symptoms but cannot sleep then, perhaps Ambien (zolpidem) is better. ...Read more

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Is alteril (otc sleep aid) safe for the elderly?

Is alteril (otc sleep aid) safe for the elderly?

I wouldn't take it: I bet there are two sides to the story. Some that would rave and others that would tread it with their feet. In your case, when the range of feedback is so conflicting and you cannot really have anyone responsible for whatever may happen to you, I would not experiment. There are so many other natural ways to induce sleep, although, they may not be as effective as prescription type drugs. ...Read more

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I'm not sure but is hydroxyzine a good sleep aid?

I'm not sure but is hydroxyzine a good sleep aid?

Could be: It is an antihistamine (similar to benadryl, (diphenhydramine) which you can buy over the counter). Because it is sedating, it is sometimes used as a sleep aid, and sometimes also used to treat anxiety. It may well help you fall asleep or stay asleep (recognizing that people have different responses to the same meds, so what works well for one person may or may not work for another). ...Read more

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Can valerian root and OTC sleep aid be taken together?

Can valerian root and OTC sleep aid be taken together?

From drugs. Com: Management: during concomitant use of these drugs, patients should be monitored for potentially excessive or prolonged CNS and respiratory depression. Ambulatory patients should be counseled to avoid hazardous activities requiring mental alertness and motor coordination until they know how these agents affect them, and to notify their physician if they experience excessive or prolonged CNS effect. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC sleep-aid besides diphenhydramine?

What is the best OTC sleep-aid besides diphenhydramine?

Melatonin can: Be very helpful. Passion flower, valerian ; chamomile are also used. ...Read more

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Can sleep aid supplements cause a person's back to hurt?

Sleep aid: Which sleep aid are you taking? How much do you weigh? Usually not but can depends on some factors. Consult with us to determine if you need further evaluation or if potential back issue is cause of your sleep issue. ...Read more

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Can there be a sleep aid not containing an antihistamine?

Can there be a sleep aid not containing an antihistamine?

Yes: Melatonin is the only other over the counter sleep aid that's not Diphenhydramine (antihistamine) in the us. Prescription sleep aids are not antihistamines. I also recommend non-pill sleep aids. Check out sleepphones (google it) or google sleep hygiene. ...Read more

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Please recommend the best OTC sleep-aid besides diphenhydramine?

Please recommend the best OTC sleep-aid besides diphenhydramine?

Some options: I think the diphenhydramine is one of the more effective choices but other that may or may not work:

melatonin
valerian root

http://www. Psychologytoday. Com/blog/the-land-nod/201305/the-lowdown-over-the-counter-sleep-aids ...Read more

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Would you recommend melatonin or benydryl to take as a sleep aid?

I would start with a: Recommendation for good sleep hygiene. I would only suggest Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for very short term use. I tend to recommend melatonin over benadryl (diphenhydramine). Try these sleep tips. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm >. ...Read more

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Can I take an over the counter sleep aid the night before surgery?

Can I take an over the counter sleep aid the night before surgery?

Probably not: It is not a good idea to take a sedative medication without discussing it first with the anesthesiologist performing your anesthesia. ...Read more

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Can I take a sleep aid if I have a fasting blood test in the morning?

Can I take a sleep aid if I have a fasting blood test in the morning?

Yes: It won't interfere with your testing if that is what you are asking. ...Read more

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What would happen if I took sleep aid while on lexapro (escitalopram)?

What would happen if I took sleep aid while on lexapro (escitalopram)?

Most sleep aids: Would be ok. But if you tell us the specific sleep aid you had in mind then we can provide you with a definitive answer rather than a guess. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could I take sleep aid while on lexapro (escitalopram)?

Please tell me, could I take sleep aid while on lexapro (escitalopram)?

Maybe: Without knowing more about you and your health it is difficult to say. I would check with the doctor who prescribed the lexapro (escitalopram). A phone call may be all it takes. Also if you have to take something for sleep on a regular basis there may be something else going on and a sleep evaluation may benefit you... ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the best OTC sleep-aid besides diphenhydramine?

Can you tell me what is the best OTC sleep-aid besides diphenhydramine?

OTC sleep agents:
Common OTC sleep aids include Chamomile tea, 5-HTP, Melatonin and Valerian Root. Sleep enhancing foods include warm milk, turkey, cherries, oatmeal, bananas, wine and others.
You can become accustomed to the effects of things like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and other drugs so they will no longer work but the tea and Valerian root don't seem to do that.
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Are there any negative effects of using Melatonin long term as a sleep aid?

Pretty safe: But, long-term use could lead to decreasing benefit if taken at too frequent intervals and at escalating amounts. But typically, can last a lot longer than many prescription sleeping pills. ...Read more

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Can I take Allegra (fexofenadine) D and wall-som sleep aid at the same time.

Can I take Allegra (fexofenadine) D and wall-som sleep aid at the same time.

Drug duplication: I assume you're referring to Wal-Som brand of diphenhydramine (https://www. Drugs. Com/otc/119159/wal-som. Html) which is often used for its sedative properties. In actuality, diphenhydramine is an antihistamine in same class as fexofenadine, active ingredient of Allegra (and Allegra-D) so there's duplication of drugs and potentially their effects. Check out https://goo. Gl/T9ytK3 for interactions ...Read more

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I can't take anything with an antihistamine. Is there a sleep aid without it?

I can't take anything with an antihistamine. Is there a sleep aid without it?

Yes: Zma is a preparation of zinc, magnesium and a b vitamin. It is marketed mainly as a strength building supplement but is also marketed as a sleep aid (they add tryptophan, which can enhance sleep). ...Read more

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Is it abnormal for a child 6 years old to be taking "trazodone" as a sleep aid?

Is it abnormal for a child 6 years old to be taking "trazodone" as a sleep aid?

Yes: Of course it is. But it still may be necessary. This question requires consultation with the prescribing doctor. ...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


Dr. Tipu Sultan
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Vistaril (Definition)

Vistaril is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more