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Is it okay to take Xanax (alprazolam) with an over-the-counter sleep aid?

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Is it okay to take Xanax (alprazolam) with an over-the-counter sleep aid?

Xanax (alprazolam): Depends on the dose & timing of the xanax (alprazolam). Occasional use of sleep aid might be ok, but talk to your prescribing doc. First. ...Read more

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Alprazolam (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system. So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight, dentist or other infrequent anxieties, ...Read more


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What will happen if I mix 8mg of Zanaflex and 4mg of Xanax (alprazolam) as a sleep aid?

You could get sick: And potentially even die. I doubt from your question that either of these are prescribed, so I am guessing you are getting them illegally. 4 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) is a HUGE dose, equivalent to 40-80 mg of valium. It is usually given in 0.25- 0.5 mg doses in people first getting it, and certainly no more than 1 mg. Neither of these drugs are approved for insomnia. Talk to your doctor or health provider. ...Read more

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Does Xanax (alprazolam) worsen an H. Pyloric bacterial infection if you take it off & on to help as a sleep aid? I've been told it X helps & that it causes ulcers

Does Xanax (alprazolam) worsen an H. Pyloric bacterial infection if you take it off & on to help as a sleep aid? I've been told it X helps & that it causes ulcers

Nothing to do with I: Xanax (alprazolam) is a short acting benzodiazepines. It is good for anxiety. It can make you tired. There are better meds for sleep aids and has nothing to do with stomach ulcers. You may get them because you are very anxious about something. There are excellent treatments for stomach ulcers if you indeed have them. ...Read more

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So I'm prescribed tramadol, gabapentin & alprazolam & I take otc sleep aid. My Dr told me my last urine was positive 4 morphine/ codeine & I don't know how! It also tested positive for the gabapetin But I haven't taken that in4mos. How did this happen?

So I'm prescribed tramadol, gabapentin & alprazolam & I take otc sleep aid. My Dr told me my last urine was positive 4 morphine/ codeine & I don't know how! It also tested positive for the gabapetin But I haven't taken that in4mos. How did this happen?

Poppy seed muffins: Are a frequent cause for false-positive morphine urine drug screens. Poppy seeds can also be found in salad dressings, and on bagels. A GC/ MS test of your urine can quantify and definitively identify the substances in your urine. A low amount of morphine on the GC/ MS would most likely be from ingestion of poppy seeds. Talk to your physician about these possibilities. ...Read more

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What is the correct dose for melatonin as a sleep aid?

What is the correct dose for melatonin as a sleep aid?

0.3 mg-3 mg: Start with lower dose and work up as needed. Only use melatonin for < 3 months. New data suggests trying the lowest dose range before pushing to more conventional 1-3 mg as the brain may be more responsive to it then we thought. Too much can cause headache, nausea, nightmares, morning grogginess. Don't use if pregnant, have cancer, diabetes, depression, seizures, auto immune disease, lymphomas. ...Read more

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Can I take a low dose Ambien (zolpidem) with and OTC sleep aid...Two Ambien (zolpidem) (or the stronger dose) leaves me groggy in the am...One I only sleep 4-5 hours?

Can I take a low dose Ambien (zolpidem) with and OTC sleep aid...Two Ambien (zolpidem) (or the stronger dose) leaves me groggy in the am...One I only sleep 4-5 hours?

MAYBE?: Perhaps but maybe just ask for a different sleep aid that is longer acting like Restoril (temazepam) for instance. Explain to your physician. ...Read more

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I take low dose of Nyquil occasionally as a sleep aid and its quite effective. A side effect for me is relief from Anxiety symptoms the next day. Why?

I take low dose of Nyquil occasionally as a sleep aid and its quite effective. A side effect for me is relief from Anxiety symptoms the next day. Why?

Sedating: Anxiety is often relieved with sedating medications and in fact hydroxyzine (another sedating antihistamine) has been used for treating anxiety. ...Read more

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I was consid. Sub. Melatonin for seroquel (quetiapine) as I have iss. W/ the side effects. Weigh about 90 lbs what dose of melat. Wld be advisable? For Sleep aid?

First and foremost: Do not discontinue Seroquel (quetiapine) without discussing this with your prescribing physician, That said, 3 mg of Melatonin is a reasonable starting dose if you weight 90 lbs. ...Read more

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Is thorazine (chlorpromazine) a safe sleep aid. I have always had insomnia and I hate those z-drugs. Worried about tardive dyskinesia. I take a small dose at bedtime.

Is thorazine (chlorpromazine) a safe sleep aid. I have always had insomnia and I hate those z-drugs. Worried about tardive dyskinesia. I take a small dose at bedtime.

Not just for sleep: Thorazine (chlorpromazine) is a major tranquilizer with potential side effects which have to be monitored. It should not be taken just for sleep unless there is a mental condition which requires medication such as this one. Even when there is a condition which requires a major tranquilize, some of the newer medications are often used since they have less serious side effects. You should discuss this med with ur M.D. ...Read more

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Is taking. 25 mg alprazolam nightly for aiding sleep a risk?

Yes: In my opinion, Alprazolam (xanax) is a horrible drug. It is rapidly absorbed but short acting, which means it wears off and often results, like alcohol, in awakening in the middle of the night and having even worse insomnia. Insomnia is not a diagnosis - it is a symptom of something else. You are far better off talking with your doctor about the reason for the insomnia to find specific treatment. ...Read more

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What is a powerful sleep aid?

What is a powerful sleep aid?

Sleep: Are you taking about drugs or otc products? Your doctor has prescrition soporifics tthat are more potent than otc but have the potential for tolerance and habituation. Discuss it with him. What is the cause of the problem. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC sleep aid?

What is the best OTC sleep aid?

OTC sleep aid: Several- benadryl, (diphenhydramine) unisom, valerian, melatonin etc. But they have potential side effects. ...Read more

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What's the best natural sleep aid?

What's the best natural sleep aid?

There is no best: There's no "best" natural sleep aid. What works for one person may not work for another. Melatonin and valerian root are two commons natural sleep aids. Usually though following proper sleep hygiene and making lifestyle changes works just as well, are long term successful strategies, and are cheaper. ...Read more

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Can you use gravol as a sleep aid?

Can you use gravol as a sleep aid?

Gravol: I don't know which gravol product you're talking about -- there are several of them. Http://tinyurl. Com/lar4efy the ones with ginger only probably would not help you sleep, but the ones with dimenhydrinate in them might. Please discuss with your own physician, as I also don't know what other medications you might be taking. ...Read more

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Could rexall sleep-aid really work?

Could rexall sleep-aid really work?

Yes: It contains Diphenhydramine hcl 25 mg. This is an anti-histamine which can cause drowsiness. It is for occasional sleep issues. ...Read more

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Might I take universal ZMA as a sleep aid?

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 ok to use childrens benedryl as a sleep aid?

Is it ok to use childrens benedryl as a sleep aid?

Many do: This is a common ingredient in most over the counter sleep aids.It does make most people groggy, like alcohol. Over the long term it interferes with attaining the deep restorative sleep that we need to function. In short, you get to sleep but not good sleep. I would review the issue with your doc & see if changing some lifestyle or pre-sleep patterns might help you more. ...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?

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?

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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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


Xanax (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine which is a kind of sleep-inducing drug ...Read more