Category Archives: Sleep Medicine

Depending on your type of sleeping difficulty, sleep medicine may be necessary to get you the sleep that you need. Options range from over the counter sleep aids to prescription sleep medicine. Our guide helps you understand all of these options, as well as which one may be right for you.

Silenor (Somaxon)– Doxepin – Sleeping Pill for Insomnia

In March of 2010, Somaxon’s Silenor (generic drug name doxepin) approval was granted FDA approval as a sleep aid for treating insomnia that is exemplified by difficulty in sleep maintenance. Silenor is the only prescription sleeping pill that has been shown in clinical trials not to have a risk of abuse or dependency. Silenor helps…Read Silenor (Somaxon)– Doxepin – Sleeping Pill for Insomnia

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Temazepam – Restoril

Temazepam is prescribed for the many symptoms of insomnia such as difficulty falling asleep at night, waking up frequently during the night or waking up before you are fully rested. Temazepam is sold under the names: Restoril, Temtabs, Normison, Euhypnos, Tenox, Remestan, Norkotral and Temaze. Temazepam, like other benzodiazepines, works by increasing the effects of…Read Temazepam – Restoril

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Provigil – Modafinil

Most sleep aids are prescribed to address problems with sleep. Provigil treats the opposite problem, its intended effect is to keep you awake. Provigil is demonstrated to improve wakefulness in adults with excessive sleepiness that is associated with narcolepsy, shift work sleep disorder, jetlag and obstructive sleep apnea. Provigil is a drug that is administered…Read Provigil – Modafinil

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Ethchlorvynol – Placidyl

Ethchlorvynol is the generic name for the brand name sleep aid Placidyl. If you are suffering from insomnia, your doctor may recommend a number of different types of medication, including ethchlorvynol, which should only be used as a short-term sleeping aid. Ethchlorvynol, which is normally used to treat short-term insomnia is available in a liquid-filled…Read Ethchlorvynol – Placidyl

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Nuvigil – Armodafinil

Nuvigil (generic name Armodafinil) is a drug that comes in a tablet form and is taken orally. It is a non-amphetamine drug prescribed to improve wakefulness in adults who encounter excessive sleepiness due to narcolepsy, shift work sleep disorder, jet lag or obstructive sleep apnea. The manufacturer of Nuvigil is exploring clinical studies to evaluate…Read Nuvigil – Armodafinil

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Zolpidem – Ambien & Ambien CR

One of the most widely known sleep medications is Ambien, generic Ambien is known as zolpidem tartrate. Ambien is prescribed to treat insomnia that is characterized by difficulties in getting to sleep, known as sleep onset insomnia. It is a non-benzodiazepine, non-narcotic hypnotic sleep medicine. Most doctors will prescribe non-benzodiazepine hypnotics such as Ambien, Lunesta…Read Zolpidem – Ambien & Ambien CR

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Triazolam – Halcion

There are several kinds of sleep medicine that physicians prescribe to treat insomnia. Triazolam, which is part of the benzodiazepines drug family, is one of them. This is a drug that is used to promote sleep onset by reducing brain activity through its sedative and amnesic properties. Triazolam uses include transient (short term) insomnia or…Read Triazolam – Halcion

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Trazodone – Desyrel

Trazodone is a drug that is an oral antidepressant known as a serotonin modulator, and works by interrupting the neurotransmitters that the nerves in the brain use to communicate. An imbalance of these neurotransmitters can lead to depression, which is one of the major causes of insomnia and other sleep disorders. Although trazodone is commonly…Read Trazodone – Desyrel

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Sonata – Zaleplon

Sonata is a sedative/hypnotic drug that is often prescribed for treatment of insomnia by affecting the chemicals in the brain that can become imbalanced and lead to sleeping problems. A non-benzodiazepine sleep aid, Sonata acts quickly, usually in about 10-20 minutes, to promote sleepiness. The effects of Sonata usually wear off quickly and are usually…Read Sonata – Zaleplon

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Rozerem – Ramelteon

Rozerem, generic ramelteon, is a sedative drug type also referred to as a hypnotic. It works to treat sleep disorders like chronic insomnia by affecting the sleep/wake cycle at a hormonal level and has not been shown to be habit forming in studies. There are other uses for Rozerem; however, its main use is related…Read Rozerem – Ramelteon

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Nozinan – Methotrimeprazine

One of the medications that some people use to combat insomnia is Methotrimeprazine (generic name), sold under the brand name Nozinan, which is not only used for its calming effects, but also for pain relief, psychiatric disorders, and nausea and vomiting. Methotrimeprazine is available in tablet and liquid form, and it is recommended that either…Read Nozinan – Methotrimeprazine

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Imovane – Zopiclone

Zopiclone is a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic drug and medication that doctors prescribe for the short-term treatment of insomnia. It is not approved for use in the US by the FDA. The brand name for zopiclone is Imovane, and the drug is also known as zopiclonumRP 27267. Zopiclone can help with frequent wake-ups during the night, difficulty…Read Imovane – Zopiclone

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Clonazepam – Klonopin

There are some classes of medications that are prescribed for insomnia that were not originally developed for that condition. One of the most common of these is the benzodiazepines, a class of drugs that is meant to act on the brain and nerves by enhancing the effects of naturally occurring chemicals in the brain that…Read Clonazepam – Klonopin

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Chloral Hydrate

For some people, sleep disturbances and disorders can become so problematic that sleep aids are needed. Chloral hydrate is a medication used to treat insomnia and to improve problems with nighttime sleep disturbances. It may be taken dissolved in water or as a suppository, meaning that the medication is inserted rectally, which is one of…Read Chloral Hydrate

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List of Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines are a group of drugs that are often used to treat anxiety. Because they are known to cause drowsiness, benzodiazepines are also frequently prescribed as a sleep aid, this is known as an off-label prescription. Benzodiazepine Drugs Types of benzodiazepines drugs are categorized as short-acting, intermediate or long-acting. Short- and intermediate-acting benzodiazepines are generally…Read List of Benzodiazepines

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