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Some people may need medicine for a while to help them
fall asleep. Doctors often prescribe medicine for a short time if other
treatment isn't working. But medicine doesn't work as well over time as
lifestyle and behavior changes do. Sleep medicine can
also become habit-forming. Medicine works best as a short-term treatment
combined with lifestyle and behavior changes.
provide short-term relief from insomnia. These medicines help you fall asleep
and stay asleep. Examples are diazepam (such as Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), and quazepam (Doral). Side effects of benzodiazepines can include:
Benzodiazepines make it hard to recall memories. They also
seem to affect how much of the hormone
melatonin your body makes at night. Melatonin helps
you sleep and wake up on a regular schedule.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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