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Hello...yes I have been on stillnox for 18 mths now,my doctor

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Hello...yes I have been on stillnox for 18 mths now,my doctor is quite happy to let me keep taking it,but I had to see a specialist yesterday who advised me to STOP taking this,and he gave me normisson,and i was awake all night.Who should I listen to about this drug?
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Julie
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

Dr. David :

Hello, Julie. It is common to have "rebound insomnia" after stopping a drug like Stilnox. This is a minor side-effect of using Stilnox and it should subside within a few days. Both Stilnox and Normison are recommended for short-term use, which is 2 to 4 weeks. There are potential dangers associated with using either of these drugs for longer periods of time. Stilnox has some potential side-effects that are very serious, such as hallucinations, sleep walking, and behavioral changes. Perhaps the specialist advised you to change drugs so as to avoid these unpleasant consequences. The long-term use of a drug such as Normison can also have potentially serious side-effects such as addiction, dependency, and withdrawal symptoms on stopping it. There can be other side effects too such as amnesia, headaches, depression of mood, and rages. My opinion is that either of these drugs should only be used for the short-term, and it would be better to find a different strategy for the long-term management of insomnia. Would you like some recommendations for natural sleep aides which are effective, safe, and without side-effects? Dr. David

Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Yes some recommendations for natural sleep aide would be great thankyouSmile

Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

Julie,

 

Poor sleep can sometimes be a difficult symptom to treat because there are so many different causes for it. Depending on the particular causes of the sleeplessness, some products work better than others for any particular individual. Usually it is necessary to try a few different supplements before finding the one that works best for you.

 

I will list out the different possibilities starting with the gentlest one and ending with the strongest one. Any of these supplements can be taken about 30 minutes to 1 hour before bed, and then perhaps taken again in the event of an early morning waking in order to help get back to sleep.

 

There is a homeopathic combination remedy called "Calms Forte" which can be helpful for promoting relaxation and sleep, here is the link:

 

http://www.iherb.com/Hyland-s-Calms-Fort-Sleep-Aid-100-Tablets/3756

 

An herbal tincture containing Valerian Root can be a little stronger, here is an example:

 

http://www.iherb.com/Gaia-Herbs-Valerian-Poppy-Alcohol-Free-1-fl-oz-30-ml/11225

 

One of the most commonly used natural sleep remedies is called "Melatonin". The dosage is 2-3 mg per night. Here is an example:

 

http://www.iherb.com/Source-Naturals-Melatonin-1-mg-100-Tablets/4302

 

An herbal supplement called "Cortisol Manager" can be useful when the sleep disturbance is the result of having too much stress during the day. It works by lowering cortisol levels during the night, here is a link:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Integrative-Therapeutics-Cortisol-Manager-90-Count/dp/B0031TRUOG

 

The next strongest one is called "Ortho Sleep", here is a link:

 

http://www.tahomadispensary.com/store/6445!2/Ortho-Sleep+60+Capsules

 

Finally, one of the strongest natural sleep aides is a supplement called "L-Tryptophan". The dose is 2 to 3 grams taken 30 minutes before bed with half-of-a-piece of fruit or a little fruit juice to help with absorption. Here is a link:

 

http://www.iherb.com/Life-Extension-TryptoPure-L-Tryptophan-500-mg-90-Veggie-Caps/12442

 

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Thankyou,I will be sure to look into what our health shops have here in Aussie

Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
You are welcome. I wish you the best. Please keep in touch and let me know how it goes.

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