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Insomnia Treatment: Medicine

Overview

Insomnia can be managed in different ways. If sleep disturbance fails to resolve with other supportive care measures, your doctor may recommend medications that can promote sleep. These can either be prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Most of these medicines are only recommended for short-term use. Drug treatment will depend on the causes of insomnia and severity of symptoms. For some people, sedative hypnotics or sleeping pills are enough to restore sleep, but others who suffer from underlying conditions such as depression may need antidepressants with sleep-inducing properties

Treatments

Effect of Sleeping Pills on Insomnia

These drugs, also called sedative hypnotics, include benzodiazepine and non-bezodiazepine. Doctors don't usually encourage their patients to take prescription sleeping pills for no more than a few...

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Effect of Antidepressants on Insomnia

Antidepressants can be used for primary and secondary insomnia. If your symptoms are not related to underlying diseases, your doctor may prescribe antidepressants with sedating properties....

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Effect of Over-the-counter Medications on Insomnia

People who experience occassional insomnia may benefit from non-prescription drugs that are known to cause drowsiness. Some over-the-counter anti-allergy drugs contain antihistamines. These drugs...

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References

Foldvary-Schaefer, N. Getting a Good Night Sleep. Cleveland Press. 2006

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Shives, L., Basic concepts of psychiatric-mental health nursing. Lippincott Williams & Williams. 2008

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