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Over The Counter Sleep Aids
as a Treatment for Insomnia
Over the counter sleep aids and prescription sedatives used as a treatment for insomnia are among the most widely used of all medicines. They work by depressing the central nervous system and may be helpful for occasional sleep problems, reducing anxiety and muscle tension.
When we treat insomnia it is important to know what is causing sleeping troubles and try to solve the underlying problem first.
However, when people face unexpected life changes which cannot be easily solved they tend to reach for medicines, either prescription or OTC sleeping pills.
The most common over the counter sleep aids used in insomnia treatments are first-generation antihistamines, such as:
Most products contain diphenhydramine as a sleep aid. Some of them may have additional ingredients for other problems such as sore muscles, backache, or other aches.
Here are some example of these products:
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Antihistamines induce drowsiness and sleep in many people. However, they should be used only occasionally, no longer than 2 or 3 nights in a row, because it is relatively easy to develop tolerance to their sleep-inducing effects.
In addition, they may cause other unpleasant side effects, including:
Due to their side effects (anticholinergic activity), they may be contraindicated in certain patients such as those with open-angle glaucoma or urinary disorders. They also should be avoided in individuals with cardiovascular disease, asthma, and benign prostatic hypertrophy.
What is interesting, even though sedation is the most common side effect of antihistamines, children and the older individuals using them may experience paradoxical excitation.
Although otc sleeping pills
are easily accessible, it is always a good idea to consult your doctor
before using them, because of their possible interaction with other
drugs or medical conditions.
In some cases, especially in individuals with severe or persisting insomnia, it will be more beneficial to see a doctor who may offer a prescription sleep medication that is more individualized in regards to age and medical profile of the patient.
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