Insomnia

A type of sleep disturbance that can make it difficult for a person to fall asleep or if the person keeps getting up is called insomnia. If left untreated, insomnia can significantly affect your mental and physical health. Stress, traveling, poor sleep hygiene, psychiatric disorders, and certain medical conditions are some of the common causes of insomnia.

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What are the side effects of taking Adderall for a long time?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a 29 year old boyfriend, who weighs 190 lbs and 6 feet tall, he is a former athlete in college. He was diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia through the spinal tab, five years ago. He is now taking Adderall 60 mg a day total, spread over six times, and is using Flumazenil cream, wh...  Read Full »


Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Idiopathic hypersomnia is a sleep disorder even less common than narcolepsy, a rare sleep disease. The biggest distinguishing characteristics include differences in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, the absence of cataplexy (a sudden weakness in the muscles while fully co...  Read Full »

Is long-term use of Etizolam harmful?

Query: Hi doctor, I was prescribed Etizolam 0.5 mg and Escitalopram for a month, as I had insomnia, stress, and anxiety. However, during the last week, it did not seem to work. I was struggling with sleep. Is it possible that I become addicted to the drug? Will I need a higher dose to get the same effect...  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Etizolam is not a sleep medicine but an anxiolytic. Long-term use of benzodiazepines like Etizolam is not advisable because of tolerance and addiction potential. They are used for a short-term to support the main medications like Escitalopram, which need to be taken...  Read Full »

Why am I not able to sleep properly for the past few months.

Query: Hello doctor, I am not able to sleep for the past few months. My head is also paining because of this. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. If you are getting some hours of sleep and are not feeling tired, then I suggest there is no need to worry. This should improve in some days. Just try to improve your sleeping habits. I suggest you follow the in...  Read Full »

After stopping Gabapentin, I have chills, vomiting, and anxiety. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been taking Celexa 10 mg for two years. Recently, I was prescribed Gabapentin 100 mg twice daily, which I took for about a month, but started having stomach issues. So, I titrated it down to 100 mg a day for a week by myself and then stopped it. It has been almost three weeks and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Withdrawal symptoms seem to be unlikely after three weeks of stopping Gabapentin. Check if you have a fever. If not I would suggest you try taking PPI (proton pump inhibitor) for vomiting and Benzodiazepines for anxiety and insomnia. Skip Celexa for a couple of ...  Read Full »

I am diagnosed with major depressive disorder. What can I do to get rid of this?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 19-year-old female with 170 Ibs, currently on 30 mg of Cymbalta. I have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and insomnia. I have had three major depressive episodes in the past two years, and I feel like I am on the verge of another one. I...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have undergone appendectomy recently, and it is normal to develop mood disturbance after any surgery. You are already on the major depressive disorder, and this is the reason you are feeling bad, isolated, sad, and lonely. Wait for few more days and see if sponta...  Read Full »

Why do I feel tired, have insomnia, and weight gain after getting thyroid glands removed?

Query: Hello doctor, I had both my thyroid glands removed eight years ago, and a small amount was left (in the size of half of my small nail). Since then, I am getting my blood test done every year, which comes back normal. I do not understand this as everybody needs two thyroid glands to work properly, an...  Read Full »


Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is not the size of the thyroid gland, but it is the function that matters. In most of the thyroid gland removal, the left over gland will start hyper functioning and hence will take over the body function. So, if your blood work is normal means that a small part...  Read Full »

Why do I have sleep problems when not on melatonin supplements?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32-year-old female and overall in good health. Starting last month quite suddenly, I started having insomnia issues. The symptoms were difficulty to fall asleep, sensations of adrenaline, waking up scared when falling asleep, a sensation of weakness or numbness in both arms, me...  Read Full »


Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you are suspecting something like sporadic familial insomnia, it is wise to see a neurologist with your specific complaints. This is because it is very difficult to diagnose on the basis of symptoms only. It needs investigations like genetic analysis and sleep s...  Read Full »

Can I take liquid Melatonin during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 7 weeks pregnant. I am suffering from insomnia and it is getting worse now. I used to take liquid Melatonin where each dropper was 1 mg and I never exceeded 5 mg a night, nor would I take 5 mg all together. I used to take 1 mg and wait for an hour then try again. Since I have been ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Melatonin is actually secreted by the placenta during pregnancy and one does not really require an extra dose of it. As you are in just 7th week of pregnancy there are chances that you may have sleeping troubles. You can take liquid Melatonin but not more t...  Read Full »

Why has my thyroid profile changed after changing drugs for bipolar disorder?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from bipolar disorder and insomnia for the past 15 years. I have been under psychiatric treatment since then. I am under tablets Clonazepam 3 mg, Alprazolam 4 mg, Amitone 50 mg, Mirtaz 30 mg, Quetiapine 400 mg, and Lamitor 100 mg. Before this, I took tablets Clona...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental illness. Patients suffering from mental illness should take medications to control the symptoms. I suggest you to consult your psychiatrist and adjust the dose or gradually taper medications, depending on ...  Read Full »

I am on Adderall for ADD and I am unable to sleep. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have ADD and taking Adderall 20 mg twice daily. Usually, my sleep is good and rarely I may feel difficult to sleep. Also, I only take prescription when I am supposed to. But, for the past one week, I am unable to sleep. I took my sleeping pills and still just could not sleep. As till ea...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, I would like to know how long have you been taking that dose of Adderall (combination of Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine)? It is relatively high dose. Usually, with greater than 20 mg it has less effect on ADD (attention deficit disorder) and you...  Read Full »

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