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Hi, I'm having trouble sleeping, is there an over the counter medication I could try? Insomnia

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: Insomnia

Melatonin can be excellent for simple insomnia.
Many people find good results taking 1 to 3 milligrams at night. The sublingual form is best. Some herbals that are used to help sleep include Valerian, Chamomile, Passion Flower, Hops, Skullcap & California Poppy. Improving sleep hygiene is essential. If Sleep does not improve, would see your doctor for assessment. Take care.

In brief: Insomnia

Melatonin can be excellent for simple insomnia.
Many people find good results taking 1 to 3 milligrams at night. The sublingual form is best. Some herbals that are used to help sleep include Valerian, Chamomile, Passion Flower, Hops, Skullcap & California Poppy. Improving sleep hygiene is essential. If Sleep does not improve, would see your doctor for assessment. Take care.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Alan Lasnover
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: OTC for Insomnia

I would agree that Melatonin is the best solution, although if you use it, avoid light.
Most OTC insomnia aids are worthless, and those that help are transient in their effects. If Melatonin doesn't work for you, I would see an MD to rule out other causes of insomnia, such as age or depression. There are also some things you can do to reduce the risk of insomnia.

In brief: OTC for Insomnia

I would agree that Melatonin is the best solution, although if you use it, avoid light.
Most OTC insomnia aids are worthless, and those that help are transient in their effects. If Melatonin doesn't work for you, I would see an MD to rule out other causes of insomnia, such as age or depression. There are also some things you can do to reduce the risk of insomnia.
Dr. Alan Lasnover
Dr. Alan Lasnover
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