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What should you know about taking drugs to treat insomnia?

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In some cases, doctors will prescribe drugs for the treatment of insomnia. All insomnia medications should be taken shortly before bed. Do not attempt to drive or perform other activities that require concentration after taking an insomnia drug because it will make you sleepy. Medications should be used in combination with good sleep practices.

From: Drugs to Treat Insomnia WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Clinicaltrials.gov. 

Takeda Pharmaceuticals. 

Neurocrine Biosciences. 

Provogil.com. 

The National Sleep Foundation. 

Donna Arand, clinical director, Kettering Sleep Disorders Center, Kettering, Ohio. 

Thomas Roth, MD, director, Sleep Disorders and Research Center, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit. 

FDA Health Advisory, March 14, 2007. 

WebMD Medical News: "Oral Spray Drug Zolpimist Approved." 

FDA: "Silenor Medication Guide." 

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 14, 2017

SOURCES: 

Clinicaltrials.gov. 

Takeda Pharmaceuticals. 

Neurocrine Biosciences. 

Provogil.com. 

The National Sleep Foundation. 

Donna Arand, clinical director, Kettering Sleep Disorders Center, Kettering, Ohio. 

Thomas Roth, MD, director, Sleep Disorders and Research Center, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit. 

FDA Health Advisory, March 14, 2007. 

WebMD Medical News: "Oral Spray Drug Zolpimist Approved." 

FDA: "Silenor Medication Guide." 

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 14, 2017

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