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Why Do Sleeping Pills Give Me More Nightmares
80yrs old. Not sleeping at night. Doc gave me off-label Sequel 12.5mg gave me nightmares & sleeping all day. Doc gave me another off-label and same results. Any safe sleeping pill you can suggest for me w/heart problems that I can suggest to my doc?
Has something: As simple as melatonin been tried?Get a more detailed answer ›
80yrs & not sleeping @night OTC Meds failed Doc gave me off-label Sequel 12.5mg gave me nightmares & sleeping all day. Doc gave me diff. Off-label w/same results. Any safe sleeping pill you can suggest for me w/heart problems I can suggest to my doc?
80 y/o sleep problem: Recommend sleep study to him.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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?
What is the strongest sleeping pill for insomnia? I need something t help me fall/stay asleep! I've been diagnosed w/insomnia. Plz give me an example
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
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
I tend to just go to sleep when I'm hungry at night but I've heard that it can give you nightmares, if you eat before bed. Is that true?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Zero: Do not experiment doing that. It is dangerous. ...Read more
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