Do OTC sleeping aids work? 
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 Do OTC sleeping aids work?

I'm in the process of quitting smoking, using the patch. Haven't smoked in
five weeks. Haven't really slept either. It's getting kinda psychotic
around here. My doctor and pharmacist suggested taking benadryl. I took
two last night and it was like drinking FIVE cups of strong coffee. It
felt like some {*filter*} cosmic practical joke! No sleep to speak of and I
climbed out of bed this morning feeling all jangly. Benzodiazapines are
out because they make me feel like a zombie for hours and hours. Any
suggestions? The only other medication I ever take is Norco for occasional
renal colic. I'm 45, male, normal {*filter*} pressure, no other medical
problems. Thanks.

- Michael

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M'muh!



Sun, 28 Jul 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Do OTC sleeping aids work?
Diphenhydramine is the only FDA approved OTC drug for sleep. You might try
the herb route. Kava may be a good starter.

Brad

Quote:
> I'm in the process of quitting smoking, using the patch. Haven't smoked in
> five weeks. Haven't really slept either. It's getting kinda psychotic
> around here. My doctor and pharmacist suggested taking benadryl. I took
> two last night and it was like drinking FIVE cups of strong coffee. It
> felt like some {*filter*} cosmic practical joke! No sleep to speak of and I
> climbed out of bed this morning feeling all jangly. Benzodiazapines are
> out because they make me feel like a zombie for hours and hours. Any
> suggestions? The only other medication I ever take is Norco for occasional
> renal colic. I'm 45, male, normal {*filter*} pressure, no other medical
> problems. Thanks.

> - Michael

> --
> M'muh!



Sun, 28 Jul 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Do OTC sleeping aids work?


Quote:
> I'm in the process of quitting smoking, using the patch. Haven't smoked in
> five weeks. Haven't really slept either. It's getting kinda psychotic
> around here. My doctor and pharmacist suggested taking benadryl. I took
> two last night and it was like drinking FIVE cups of strong coffee. It
> felt like some {*filter*} cosmic practical joke! No sleep to speak of and I
> climbed out of bed this morning feeling all jangly. Benzodiazapines are
> out because they make me feel like a zombie for hours and hours. Any
> suggestions? The only other medication I ever take is Norco for occasional
> renal colic. I'm 45, male, normal {*filter*} pressure, no other medical
> problems. Thanks.

> - Michael

> --
> M'muh!  seems like you had a paradoxical reaction.  This reaction of

stimulation following benadryl usually happens in
                            children, due to a metabolite that they make
that {*filter*}s usually do not. Perhaps you are young at heart, or at least,
young at liver.


Sun, 28 Jul 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Do OTC sleeping aids work?
In article

Quote:

> Diphenhydramine is the only FDA approved OTC drug for sleep. You might try
> the herb route. Kava may be a good starter.

I was afraid of that. I've tried up to three grams of Kava Kava. Two
different brands. Zip. Are there any non-benzo prescription medications
that you can suggest? Or are they all going to make me fell drugged out
the next day? Seems like there has to be something that is short lived
enough to allow me to fall asleep. Thing is, I operate a milling machine
that has razor sharp blades spinning at 10,000 rpm and I can't AFFORD to
be "high" at work. But I can't afford to be falling asleep either. HELP!

Thank you.

- Michael

--
M'muh!



Sun, 28 Jul 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Do OTC sleeping aids work?

Quote:


>> Diphenhydramine is the only FDA approved OTC drug for sleep. You
>> might try the herb route. Kava may be a good starter.

>I was afraid of that. I've tried up to three grams of Kava Kava. Two
>different brands. Zip. Are there any non-benzo prescription medications
>that you can suggest? Or are they all going to make me fell drugged out
>the next day? Seems like there has to be something that is short lived
>enough to allow me to fall asleep. Thing is, I operate a milling machine
>that has razor sharp blades spinning at 10,000 rpm and I can't AFFORD to
>be "high" at work. But I can't afford to be falling asleep either. HELP!

Ask your doctor about the new prescription sleeping aid, Sonota.
It has a very short half-life, and so is much better in terms of
alertness the next day.

For completeness, I might also mention GHB, though there are
several major disadvantages, illegality and consequent difficulty
of finding it being one, tricky dosing being another. But it is used
by many people to help get to sleep, and is short-acting. It
may be available by prescription in the future.


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Sun, 28 Jul 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Do OTC sleeping aids work?
 I do not usually recommend any products, and I am not sure I am
recommending this, but it is just an option to think about, that is non
prescription.  The possibility of the so called supplement melatonin may be
helpful, especially if you
are melatonin deficient.  However, during withdrawal periods from certain
{*filter*}, if you are going OTC, you may indeed
be looking at a trial and error situation.

Quote:
> I'm in the process of quitting smoking, using the patch. Haven't smoked in
> five weeks. Haven't really slept either. It's getting kinda psychotic
> around here. My doctor and pharmacist suggested taking benadryl. I took
> two last night and it was like drinking FIVE cups of strong coffee. It
> felt like some {*filter*} cosmic practical joke! No sleep to speak of and I
> climbed out of bed this morning feeling all jangly. Benzodiazapines are
> out because they make me feel like a zombie for hours and hours. Any
> suggestions? The only other medication I ever take is Norco for occasional
> renal colic. I'm 45, male, normal {*filter*} pressure, no other medical
> problems. Thanks.

> - Michael

> --
> M'muh!



Sun, 28 Jul 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Do OTC sleeping aids work?
Um, I've seen doxyalmine succinate in OTC sleeping agents.
Another antihistamine, like benadryl.

: Diphenhydramine is the only FDA approved OTC drug for sleep. You might try
: the herb route. Kava may be a good starter.

: Brad

:> I'm in the process of quitting smoking, using the patch. Haven't smoked in
:> five weeks. Haven't really slept either. It's getting kinda psychotic
:> around here. My doctor and pharmacist suggested taking benadryl. I took
:> two last night and it was like drinking FIVE cups of strong coffee. It
:> felt like some {*filter*} cosmic practical joke! No sleep to speak of and I
:> climbed out of bed this morning feeling all jangly. Benzodiazapines are
:> out because they make me feel like a zombie for hours and hours. Any
:> suggestions? The only other medication I ever take is Norco for occasional
:> renal colic. I'm 45, male, normal {*filter*} pressure, no other medical
:> problems. Thanks.
:>
:> - Michael
:>
:> --
:> M'muh!

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Tue, 30 Jul 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Do OTC sleeping aids work?
Two prescriptions that may help:
trazadone
doxipin
Both of these are forms of anti-depressants.  They also work
via antihistaminergic action, but far better than benadryl
or any other OTC crap.  Trazadone really works well.
Another non-benzo is "ambien" (zolpidem tartrate I belive)
but it is related to benzos.  Doesn't have nearly the zombifiying
effect however and is much shorter lived in the {*filter*}.

: In article

:> Diphenhydramine is the only FDA approved OTC drug for sleep. You might try
:> the herb route. Kava may be a good starter.

: I was afraid of that. I've tried up to three grams of Kava Kava. Two
: different brands. Zip. Are there any non-benzo prescription medications
: that you can suggest? Or are they all going to make me fell drugged out
: the next day? Seems like there has to be something that is short lived
: enough to allow me to fall asleep. Thing is, I operate a milling machine
: that has razor sharp blades spinning at 10,000 rpm and I can't AFFORD to
: be "high" at work. But I can't afford to be falling asleep either. HELP!

: Thank you.

: - Michael

: --
: M'muh!

--



Tue, 30 Jul 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 
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