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92 year old woman with dementia cannot sleep 2 out of 3 nights.

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92 year old woman with dementia cannot sleep 2 out of 3 nights. can she benefit from a sleeping pill while on other drugs (not known to me)
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  MN Psychiatrist replied 5 years ago.
Hello, I am a psychiatrist.
To answer this, it really depends on what she's already taking, as well as her overall medical condition. Since you do not know what all she is taking, medication-wise, about all I can suggest is plain old Benadryl. Benadryl is a reasonable choice from the angle of it's less apt to cause elderly people to fall than some of the other sleep medications. Do not give it to her, though, without discussing it with her doctor.
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