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How can doxepin (Silenor) treat insomnia?

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Doxepin is medication approved to treat people who have trouble staying asleep. It may help by blocking your body’s histamine receptors. Do not take this drug unless you are able to get a 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Dosage is based on your medical condition, age, and response to therapy.

SOURCES: 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. 

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

WebMD Medical Reference: "Insomnia" and "Sleep Disorders: Insomnia." 

WebMD Health News: "Oral Spray Sleep Drug Zolpimist Approved." 

FDA: "Silenor Medication Guide."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 20, 2019

SOURCES: 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. 

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

WebMD Medical Reference: "Insomnia" and "Sleep Disorders: Insomnia." 

WebMD Health News: "Oral Spray Sleep Drug Zolpimist Approved." 

FDA: "Silenor Medication Guide."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 20, 2019

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