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    Drug Treatments for Sleep Problems

    In some cases, doctors will prescribe drugs such as sleeping pills for the treatment of sleep problems. Medications are typically used for a short time, and work best in combination with good sleep practices and/or behavioral treatments.

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    Types of Drugs Used to Treat Sleep Disorders

    Listed below are some of the types of drugs used to treat sleep disorders. Your doctor can prescribe the appropriate medication for your particular sleep problems.

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    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on October 08, 2014

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