Sleep Medications Stronger Than Melatonin

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Greymauhn Says:
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Does anybody know any prescription strength sleep aids that are stronger than Melatonin? I have been using at least 10 mg Melatonin a night at bedtime for a few years but it isn’t working like it used to. Keep in mind this is when needed and I would talk to my doctor about this once I have a list related towards this.

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Joan Says:

I am 89 and have used Ambien, 5 mg. dose for years, with no bad side effects. It gently brings on a sleepy feeling and usually lasts thru the night. A slight hazy feeling in the a.m. lasts for about an hour but that's all. Recommend that dosage.

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Joseph Says:
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Melatonin is an OTC natural brain chemical, it supposed to have a calming effect. It's about as strong as Benadryl, if you know what I mean. There are many different sleep medications available, and some of the anti anxiety medications will help get you to sleep too. Valium, Ativan, Klonopin, and Xanax. Also Dalmane, Restoril, Doral, and Pro-Som are ok I guess. Nothing good is made anymore, Placidyl, Doriden, Nembutal, Tuinal, etc... Doriden was quite effective and had some special qualities to it also. Good Luck

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IN2B8U Says:
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Halcion works great! Knocks you right out. I take it only when I need to. You need a prescription for it.

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VerFree Says:

Please keep in mind that the prescription options mentioned do carry the risk of causing side effects, for example along with the desired drowsiness, they can cause dizziness, headache, and some like the Ambien are known to cause sleep actions, and next day hangover-like effects.

The issue with Melatonin is that it's real use is to help reset your natural sleep cycle, by supplementing your natural melatonin production, it doesn't actually induce sleep, and your body doesn't absorb much over about 2 to 3mgs, so the higher doses are really just a waste.

Have you consulted your doctor, yet?

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Greymauhn Says:
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Re: VerFree (# 4)

I haven’t yet. I understand the side effects and know there are possible side effects, but the side effects are ok if it allows me to sleep 7 hours (or longer) nonstop. If it’s hormone based like Melatonin I’ll take it 5 days on and 2 days off.

The rough nights are more of a pain than morning grogginess for me anyways.

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