Insomnia: His/her Sleep Problem
"Long acting hypnotics include Dalmane, Klonopin, and Doral. Some medium acting prescription drugs are Halcion, Ativan, Xanax, and Restoril" ("Insomnia"). "There are also short-acting nonbenzodianzepine hypnotics called Sonata and Ambien. These types are still sleep inducing but with less side effects then the long and medium acting benzodianzepines" ("Insomnia"). Although drug therapy can be effective, there are several risks and side effects to this type of treatment. As with the long and medium acting hypnotics, the prescription can become habit-forming and reduces your alertness during the day. The drugs may increase depression, which may have been the cause of a person's insomnia in the first place. In some case studies, memory loss and sleepwalking have occurred after taking Halcion. In other cases due to dependency, overdoses have been fatal. So if a patient is using drug therapy, he/she will need to pay close attention to anything that may seem abnormal due to the medication. The patient does not want to ignore the side effects because he or she could become worse. There are times when prescription drugs are not needed. Over-the-counter sleep medications are commonly used for mild insomnia. Over-the-counter sleeping pills promote sleep if insomnia occurs only occasionally. "Antihistamines are drugs that cause drowsiness to induce sleep. Nytol, sleep-Eez, and Sominex contain diphenhydramine, which is another type of sleep aid"