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Vistaril Sleep Aid
Is there a serious contraindication with taking Hydroxyzine Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride (as sleep aid) alongside Escitalopram (for GAD)?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Melatonin can: Be very helpful. Passion flower, valerian ; chamomile are also used. ...Read more
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
Dramamine (dimenhydrinate): Only if prescribed.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: It won't interfere with your testing if that is what you are asking. ...Read more
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
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.
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
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
Yes: Of course it is. But it still may be necessary. This question requires consultation with the prescribing doctor. ...Read more