Anxiety/Sleeping Pills If you’re regularly having trouble either falling or staying asleep (insomnia), make an appointment with your doctor. Treatment depends on what’s causing your insomnia. Sometimes, an underlying cause, such as a medical condition or sleep disorder, can be found and treated — a much more effective approach than just treating the symptom of insomnia itself.
Behavior changes learned through cognitive behavioral therapy are generally the best treatment for persistent insomnia. Sleeping on a regular schedule, exercising regularly, avoiding caffeine and daytime naps, and keeping stress in check also are likely to help. But there are times when the addition of prescription sleeping pills may help you get some much needed rest.
All prescription Anxiety/Sleeping Pills have risks, especially for people with certain medical conditions, including liver or kidney disease. Always talk with your doctor before trying a new treatment for insomnia.
Here’s information on some of the most common types of prescription sleeping pills used today.
Types of prescription sleeping pills
Prescription sleeping pills may help you fall asleep easier or stay asleep longer — or both. The risks and benefits of various prescription sleeping pills can differ. To find the right prescription medication to help you sleep, your doctor generally should:
Ask questions to get a clear picture of your sleep patterns
Order tests to rule out any underlying conditions that may be causing difficulty sleeping
Discuss options for taking prescription sleeping medication, including how often and when to take it and in what form, such as pills, oral spray or dissolving tablets
Prescribe a sleeping pill for a limited period of time to determine the benefits and side effects for you
Have you try a different prescription sleeping pill if the first medication you take doesn’t work after the full prescribed course
Help you determine whether there is a generic version, which is typically less expensive than brand-name drugs
Insurance companies may have restrictions on which sleeping pills are covered, and they may require that you try other approaches to your insomnia first.
Prescription sleep medication options include the following.