I previously posted about the diagnosis of insomnia, the difference between primary and secondary/comorbid insomnia, and the importance of evaluating for and treating any underlying causes of insomnia. I encourage you to read my Secondary Insomnia post before reading any more of this post. Today I will be talking more about medication treatment options for secondary (comorbid) insomnia. Although persons with primary insomnia (insomnia not due to an underlying medical or psychiatric disorder) typically do not complain of excessive daytime sleepiness, drowsiness or sleepiness are common symptoms of patients with secondary insomnia. Provigil (modafinil) is a wakefulness promoting agent that acts on a central portion of the brain called the hypothalamus to reduce sleepiness. Because it minimally affects the higher centers of the brain, such as the cortex, it is less likely to cause jitteriness and anxiety than Ritalin and other stimulants. Provigil has Food and Drug Administration (F...
Generic Name: ZOLPIDEM EXTENDED-RELEASE - ORAL Pronounced: (ZOL-pi-dem) Ambien CR Oral Uses
Zolpidem is used for a short time to treat sleep problems
(insomnia) in adults. If you have trouble falling asleep, it helps you fall
asleep faster, so you can get a better night's rest. Zolpidem belongs to a
class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. It acts on your brain to produce a
How To Use Ambien CR Oral
Read the Medication Guide and the Patient Instructions for
Use provided by your pharmacist before you start using zolpidem and each time
you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or
Prime the product according to the instructions before you
use it for the first time and if you have not used it for at least 14 days.
Point the spray away from your face and other people while you are priming
Spray this medication into your mouth over your tongue as
directed by your doctor, usually...
Xanax is an antianxiety drug approved by the FDA for treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder. It and its generic version, alprazolam, are also often prescribed off-label for people with bipolar disorder, even if they don't have those specific anxiety disorders as well, usually to treat anxiety and insomnia.
The FDA-approved information about Xanax emphasizes the risk of emotional and physical dependence, especially at doses of 4mg/day or higher. To minimize withdrawal symptoms, the dosage should be tapered off slowly when discontinuing this drug (more below).
Some of the other most important things to know about Xanax are:
Your prescribing doctor must know about all other prescription and over-the-counter drugs you take, and about your alcohol use. Drinking alcoholic beverages can cause problems when you take Xanax.
Use of Xanax along with certain other drugs, including Prozac (fluoxetine), oral contraceptives, and certain antifungal drugs is contraindi...
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