Going Safety of over-the-counter sleeping pills
Many people wonder about over-the-counter (OTC) medications like Tylenol PM that combine a pain reliever and a sleep aid. These pills help many get to sleep.
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Many people wonder about over-the-counter (OTC) medications like Tylenol PM that combine a pain reliever and a sleep aid. These pills help many get to sleep, but is it a good idea to keep on taking them?.
Sominex and the allergy-relief version of Benadryl have exactly the same active ingredient: 25 milligrams of diphenhydramine. People take antihistamines for hay fever or cold symptoms, but doctors have known for a long time that they also make people drowsy. The sleep-inducing ingredient in Tylenol PM is diphenhydramine, an antihistamine. Other nighttime pain relievers (Alka-Seltzer PM, Excedrin PM) contain diphenhydramine, and it’s the only active ingredient in OTC sleeping pills like Sominex and Simply Sleep.
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He says they leave many people feeling groggy and tired rather than rested. David White, director of the Sleep Disorders Program at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is not a fan of the antihistamines. And true to their anti–hay fever effects, they dry out the nose and mouth. Dr.
In December 2004, the FDA approved a new long-acting medication, eszopiclone (Lunesta). August 2005 Update. The FDA didn’t set any such time restrictions on Lunesta, so it could become the first medication approved as a sleeping pill that people can take indefiniy. You aren’t supposed to take the other sleeping pills for more than a few weeks.
But trazodone doesn’t work for many people and hasn’t been well studied. White prescribes either zolpidem (Ambien) or zaleplon (Sonata). The main choices have been trazodone (Desyrel), a sedating antidepressant, or one of the benzodiazepines (Ativan, Restoril, others). The benzodiazepines cause daytime drowsiness and withdrawal symptoms if they’re taken for a long time. For people who have a hard time falling asleep, Dr. For those who have trouble staying asleep, there are medications that stay in your system longer.