Mar 13

Sleeping Pill

Sleeping Pill

Guidelines for using sleep medications

If you decide to try sleeping pills or sleep aids, keep in mind the following guidelines.
Talk to your doctor about

Other medications you are taking. This includes non prescription medications such as pain relievers and allergy medicines, as well as herbal supplements. Combining medications can be very dangerous.

Specific instructions for decreasing and/or terminating use. In some cases, stopping medication abruptly can cause uncomfortable side effects and even rebound insomnia.

Using the medications intermittently, rather than nightly, in order to decrease the negative side effects and to increase the sleeping pills efficiency when you do use them. This is not appropriate with all medications, as some cause withdrawal symptoms when stopped abruptly.

Other medical conditions that you have. Some drugs can have serious side effects for people with medical problems such as high blood pressure, liver problems, glaucoma, depression and breathing difficulties.

Remember to

Only take a sleeping pill when you will have enough time to get a full night of sleep (7 to 8 hours). Otherwise you may feel very drowsy the next day.

Carefully read the package insert that comes with your medication. Pay careful attention to the potential side effects.

Never drink alcohol near the time when you take a sleeping pill. Not only will alcohol disrupt your sleep even more, it can interact dangerously with the sleeping pill.

Never drive a car or operate machinery after taking a sleeping pill. Especially when you first start taking a new sleep aid, as you may not know how it will affect you.

Follow directions closely, starting with a very small dose and increasing gradually, according to the doctors schedule. Find out whether you should take your medication with or without food. For some medications, certain foods must be avoided.

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