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Why do sleeping pills give me more nightmares?

Why do sleeping pills give me more nightmares?

Sleep: Not all pills do that. It may be related to the side effect profile of the medication. ...Read more

Nightmares (Definition)

Also known as "dream anxiety disorder, " this is a sleep disorder characterized by frequent nightmares. The nightmares, which often portray the individual in a situation that jeopardizes their life or personal safety, usually occur during the ...Read more


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Is it possible that my sleeping pills give me bad dreams?

Is it possible that my sleeping pills give me bad dreams?

Some do: Some of the sleep pills do have side effects like bad dreams like vivid dreams also common are sleep walk sleep talk etc too so please discuss with your doctor if u have a history of se. ...Read more

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Why doesn´t the doctor just give me sleeping pills?

Why doesn´t the doctor just give me sleeping pills?

It's not always best: The ideal treatment for any condition is to treat the underlying cause rather than simply cover up the problem by using medicine. If there is a cause related to lifestyle habits or a medical condition that can be corrected, that is best for the body. Some sleeping pills have side effects that outweigh the benefits. ...Read more

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Do nursing homes give some patients sleeping pills without telling their kids?

Do nursing homes give some patients sleeping pills without telling their kids?

Nursing home meds: I suspect since your parent is in the nursing home you could ask the nursing staff what meds your parent is on. I do not have time to review with the family everytime what meds I have their parent on. This is a good question esp if there is confusion or other issues. ...Read more

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If I take sleeping pills just one night so I can get up early for a trip, will it give side effects such as constipation? That's my main worry

If I take sleeping pills just one night so I can get up early for a trip, will it give side effects such as constipation? That's my main worry

Probably not.: As long as you follow the directions on the bottle, most of the common sleeping pills do not usually cause constipation. I would not go outside the recommended dosage ranges, and I would not use them more than a day or two in a row. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a ccie exam, which is of 8 hours. Can I take sleeping pill in the night before exam at about 7 pm to give maximum output in exam?

I have a ccie exam, which is of 8 hours. Can I take sleeping pill in the night before exam at about 7 pm to give maximum output in exam?

Unwise: Taking a sedative the night before an important test may make the brain less able to function at its peak during the test. I think this would be a very unwise move. ...Read more

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When on vacation I fall asleep eventually and wake up in 7 hours, when I'm working I have to take a sleeping pill to give myself enough sleep, normal?

When on vacation I fall asleep eventually and wake up in 7 hours, when I'm working I have to take a sleeping pill to give myself enough sleep, normal?

Sleep: Theoretically you should not need to take a sleeping to sleep unless you are very troubled, depressed, anxious, stressed or are suffering from a medical complication. Discuss your concerns during the day so you can limit how much you carry your concerns into the bedroom. If this continues consult a clinical psychologist. Best. ...Read more

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My dr prescribed all non-barbituate sleeping pill w/out avail. The dr doesn't want to give barbituates I need sleep and help trying to get my dr to try?

My dr prescribed all non-barbituate sleeping pill w/out avail. The dr doesn't want to give barbituates I need sleep and help trying to get my dr to try?

Sleepin: Many different classes of medications help with sleep onset...Benzodiazepines, barbiturates, tricyclic antidepressants among others. In my opinion it is difficult for patients to change my personal prescribing habits. I have a pattern based on experience and choice. I would recommend nonmedication addressing of issues related to sleep first anyway - habits, hygiene, etc. ...Read more

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I take seroquel (quetiapine) to sleep it always gives me nightmares is there anything I can do to prevent the nightmares?

I take seroquel (quetiapine) to sleep it always gives me nightmares is there anything I can do to prevent the nightmares?

See your Doctor: Nightmares and more commonly excessive vivid dream activity can be a side effect to medications acting on serotonin. If the medication can't be changed and something else tried, then prazocin (which is an old blood pressure medication) has been found helpful in these cases. Please see your doctor and discuss with him what is best for your particular situation. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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Are sleeping pills dangerous?

Are sleeping pills dangerous?

Can be unsafe: Sedative/hypnotic medications are used by many patients safely for sleep when taken as prescribed. However, if taken in greater amounts, combined with other sedating substances or medications, or other inappropriate actions are taken they can be dangerous and even lethal. Many of them have at least some inhibitory effect on the nervous system; when magnified that can cause respiratory depression. ...Read more

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Is overdosing on sleeping pills the painless way to go?

Is overdosing on sleeping pills the painless way to go?

Just a minute: The desire to end it all is not normal to begin with. If you are in so much pain, psychic or physical that you wish to end your life, you need to talk to a professional as soon as possible. There are always other options. Call someone immediately to talk this out. ...Read more

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Can sleeping pills kill you?

Can sleeping pills kill you?

Sleep: Depends on the medicine. Not advised. If insomnia is the issue, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Are sleeping pills addictive?

Are sleeping pills addictive?

Addiction/tolerance: Some sleeping pills are controlled substances; they have addictive potential. Examples include: ambien, lunesta, (eszopiclone) & restoril. That being said, they are schedule IV with lower potential for this than other medications the more common issue with sleeping pills is developing physiological tolerance. Frequent use of the medication causes your body to 'get used to' the medication & it loses efficacy. ...Read more

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How are zopiclone sleeping pills?

Non-benzodiazepine: Eszopiclone is also known as lunesta, (eszopiclone) a non benzodiazepine sleep medication used for insomnia. Like any psychotropic medications, you have to know its side-effects. ...Read more

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How addictive are sleeping pills?

How addictive are sleeping pills?

Depends upon drug: Check with your physician or a pharmacist. ...Read more

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What are the side-effects sleeping pills?

Big question: The problem is that sleep medications work differently so it is hard to give you the side effects. Typically there are medications used for sleep that are not actually sleep medications but a side effect of the medication is sleepiness (antihistamines and antidepressants) or medications that work on brain (antiseizure, narcotics, sedatives)... Again lots of side effects but all different. ...Read more

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Does loratadine make good sleeping pills?

Does loratadine make good sleeping pills?

No: Loratadine (claritin) is an anti-histamine. These medications can cause sedation as a side effect, but I wouldn't call it a sleeping pill. If you need a sleeping pill, see your doctor so you can be better assessed as to why you need a sleeping pill. Often times sleeping pills are the wrong answer and just used to mask an underlying problem. ...Read more

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Is they any side effects of sleeping pills?

Sleeping pills: Depends on the type of sleeping pills & how long it lasts for. Short acting ones can cause dependency and dizziness. Long-acting ones can cause the same, plus daytime drowsiness, memory problems, confusion, fatigue, headaches, nervousness, GI upset, amnesia, cognitive disturbances. ...Read more

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I am addicted to sleeping pills, what to do?

Please work: Closely with your physician to find another medication that is not addictive. In addition, use excellent sleep hygiene. Here are some tips: 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 >. ...Read more

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What are some good non addictive sleeping pills?

Lots of options: Melatonin (ordinarily produced by the pineal gland in the brain) is one of the most effective treatments; it helps regulate the body's sleep/wake cycle. Gaba supplementation (a neurotransmitter ordinarily produced in the brain) enables you to feel relaxed and happy; it's a good, non-addictive, non-prescription sleep aid. Finally, magnesium supplementation is good for tension, anxiety, and sleep. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is it safe to mix sleeping pills?

Can you tell me is it safe to mix sleeping pills?

That depends.: I would encourage you not to mix your sleeping pills unless it has been directed by your physician. There are some combinations that are safe. However, some combinations could endanger your health. Take care. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter sleeping pills?

What is the best over-the-counter sleeping pills?

OTC sleeping pill: Best sleep aid is to find & treat the cause of lack of sleep. Some otc sleep aids are melatonin for occasional insomnia. ...Read more

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Is it OK to take over-the-counter sleeping pills?

Is it OK to take over-the-counter sleeping pills?

Not really: Your sleep problem could be due to so many different things including obstructive sleep apnea in which case OTC sleeping pills would really be a bad idea! So it's really NOT OK! ...Read more

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What should you do when sleeping pills don't work?

What should you do when sleeping pills don't work?

The same thing for..: ...anything else that doesn't WORK....FIRE IT/THEM! So in the case of sleeping pills.....now you can look into WHY don't you get to sleep. Then, the treatment plan will likely be much more specific and crystal clear. ...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


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Bad Dreams (Definition)

Bad dreams is a symptom in which a person remembers dreams that are stressful to him, such as scary dreams, dreams of getting chased by attackers, dreams of suffering ...Read more