Sleeping pills are drugs that are used to treat insomnia by relaxation and drowsiness. Antidepressants, benzodiazepines, Z-drugs, etc., are sleeping pills. They work by creating drowsiness or by inhibiting the area of the brain that gives alertness. Side effects are dizziness, constipation, dry mouth, headache, nausea, etc.
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I am not able to sleep properly at night even after taking medication. Please advise.
Query: Hi doctor, I am not able to have a good sleep. I have also been suggested to take tablet Ativan 2 mg by a doctor. However, it is not working now. Please advise. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Thank you for taking help from a psychiatrist. I can understand your situation but you should try to follow the below guidelines to deal with your sleep. You should do exercises daily for 30 to 45 minutes like at least going for a walk. ... Read Full »
I cannot get up despite being conscious after sleep. What could be the reason?
Query: Hello doctor, I am having problems with sleep. Sometimes after I fall asleep, I get up but cannot open my eyes or mouth. I am conscious but cannot get up. Also, I wake up feeling exhausted. I have had this problem for the past three years after facing a few problems with my job. I do not take medica... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sleep disturbance is one of the symptoms of depression and anxiety as well. Do you have any futuristic fears, worries, anxieties, or apprehensions related to the past event you mentioned in your history? If yes that you have to see how it affects your daily life apar... Read Full »
Can low doses of Alprazolam cause serious side effects when used once?
Query: Hello doctor,I am prescribed a 6 x 0.25 mg Alprazolam tablet as a sleeping pill. Is a 1.5 g Alprazolam tablet dangerous when used once? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. May I know for what reason you were prescribed this medicine? I would say it is not harmful if you have taken it once. But if you have taken that dose for a longer duration and stopped it abruptly, it will be detrimen... Read Full »
Will I have any health issues if I take sleeping pills to overcome insomnia?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old and have some problems with my sleeping schedule. Sometimes I fall asleep fast, but sometimes I cannot sleep. As a result, I stay awake overnight. I want to try some sleeping pills. Are they good for my health? Read Full »
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Pills are not a good choice. I suggest you try alternative remedies. Pills can affect other parts of the body adversely. I suggest you do the following:Take a bath with warm water before sleeping.Light soothing music will; help you relax.Do a warm oil massage.Read a posi... Read Full »
How many sleeping pills can I take without any harmful effects?
Query: Hi doctor, I am 18 years old, and I want to know what amount of sleeping pills I can have without any harmful effects. Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Any amount of sleeping pills, if taken long term or in high doses in the short term, is harmful because they are highly addictive. In addition, they can cause many side effects in the long term. Also, you have not mentioned what your problem ... Read Full »
Can I stay awake longer than usual by taking sleeping aids?
Query: Hello doctor, Can I stay up longer than usual if I take sleeping aids like Tablet Trazodone or Melatonin and sleep for an extended period (over 10 hours)? Does the time to remain active increase if you sleep fo 24 hours to 72 or 96 hours? Does this pattern negatively affect awakeness at some point? Read Full »
Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Humans follow a circadian rhythm of sleep and wakefulness, where we sleep for around eight hours, followed by 16 hours of wakefulness. It is a periodic cycle. No matter how much you sleep beforehand, you are bound to f... Read Full »
Can I take sleep medicine for more than six months?
Query: Hello doctor, My father is having sleep issues and is taking Venlafaxine 37.5 75 mg, Arip MT 5 mg, Pacitane 2 mg and Lonazep 0.25 from eight months. Is it alright to take these medicines for so long? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Some psychiatric disorders warrant the medicines to be continued for a long time. This is important first to attain remission and second to prevent relapse. Now, since there are problems with sleep, it would be advisable to follow sleep hygiene practices. Hope you are ... Read Full »
Is it safe to switch from Trazadone and Klonopin to Dayvigo or Belsomra for sleeping issues?
Query: Hello doctor, I have been taking 100 mg Trazadone and 2 mg Klonopin for many years for sleep issues. However, my previous doctor retired, and my new doctor wants me to discontinue both these drugs and put me on Dayvigo or Belsomra. Both of these drugs seem new to the market to me. Do you prefer Traz... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Trazodone and Klonopin are both good drugs for insomnia. However, Klonopin carries a risk of tolerance, and I think this is the probable reason the new doctor wants to change medicines. But if you were sleeping good with these drugs, I do not think that it is a good ... Read Full »
Can I take tablet Nytol while taking tablet Setral 50?
Query: Hi doctor,I have one question, can I take tablet Nytol while on tablet Setral 50? Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Yes, I suggest you can take both medications. It will not cause any trouble to you.I hope this helps. Read Full »
I have recurring insomnia now and then. Kindly suggest medicine.
Query: Hi doctor, I have been having recurring insomnia now and then. In a month at least five to eight days I have no proper sleep and it is hampering my day to day activities. I lack interest. I am under stress and my mind feels foggy. I am on Escitalopram 10 mg. Please suggest me some good medicine whic... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. A lot of individuals have recurring insomnia and sometimes they suffer from nonrefreshing sleep. In some individuals depression also aggravates insomnia and thus worsens the symptoms. For depression with insomnia drugs like tablet Mirtazapin... Read Full »