Warning: Sleep Plus Can be Addictive and Dangerous

Florence Cardinal Health Guide August 23, 2010
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    Several herbs, either taken alone or in combination, can prove helpful in treating mild insomnia. Valerian, one well-known remedy, is preferable to prescription medication because it's not addictive, and it has been proven to work. A cup of chamomile tea helps you to relax and can lull you into sleep. Melatonin is not an herb, but rather a hormone that is a natural secretion of the pineal gland. Melatonin in the body controls the circadian rhythm so we sleep at night and stay alert during daylight hours.

     

    SLEEP PLUS 

    However, Health Canada is warning consumers to beware of Fulda Unitang Herbs Sleep Plus product because it contains a prescription sedative that could be dangerous to some people and addictive to others.Even taking the capsules as directed (one or two capsules a day) could result in an overdose. This remedy should not be taken by anyone under the age of 18, pregnant or breast feeding women, or the elderly.

     

    If you have been using Sleep Plus, see your doctor. You should stop gradually. Also, ask your doctor for a better solution for your sleep problems.

    ESTAZOLOM

    Drugs.com tells us that estazolam is in a group of drugs called benzodiazepines used to treat insomnia symptoms, such as trouble falling or staying asleep.

    Care must be taken when uising any medication containing this drug as it can cause serious allergic reactions, including difficulty breathing or swelling of the face or throat. If you think you are having an adverse reaction, or think you may have taken an overdose, seek medical help immediately. Only take this drug when you wish to sleep, as you can fall asleep very quicly. Do not take it and then indulge in any hazardous tasks, and this  includes driving.

     

    BENZODIAZEPINES

    As mentioned above, estazolam is in a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepine medications act to depress the central nervous system. Other drugs in this class are valium, restoril, ativan and halcyon and many drugs used to treat anxiety, insomnia and panic attacks. Do not take any such drug while taking a medication containing estazolam as this could easily lead to an overdose.

     

    Estazolam is sold in the U.S. under the trade name Prosom.

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