Can taking sleep meds on a regular basis eventually cause long term health effects?

I’m having a VERY hard time sleeping and I’ve been considering taking sleeping meds. If I take it on a regular basis will this (in the long-run) lead to some irregular effects?

Also, can I get some good sleep inducing medicine/drug reccomendations?

You can become addicted to them. Don’t take Benadryl for extended period of time, it is a antihistamine and will dry up your sinuses and give you a sinus infection. Melatonin is fine, it is made by the body and is not habit forming. As we grow older our supply of melatonin depletes and taking more of it does not hurt anything but does help us sleep so you can take it as much as needed. Tryptophan is in chicken & turkey and is said to make you sleepy. Give it a try, can’t hurt anything.

7 Responses to “Can taking sleep meds on a regular basis eventually cause long term health effects?”

  • JP says:

    Sleeping pills are only good for the short term insomnia; dependency. Develop good sleep habits. Or try melatonin and/ or 5HTP[ tryptophan].
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  • Nox says:

    Yeah. Sleep medications usually lead to dependancy, after a prolonged use. I’m using pain medications that make me sleepy (I take it before bed) and I’ve been using them for several months. Now if I don’t take em one night it takes me an hour or so to fall asleep because I’ve gotten a bit dependant on em that way. Other side effects- well it depends ont he type of sleep aid you’re using. Side effects can range from grogginess to nausea. I’ve used Tylonel PM but that’s not really too strong. I’d really start with the over the counter stuff like that but if it doesn’t ptu a dent in it or you begin prolonged usage (14+ days) it’s time to see a doctor for something safe to take long term
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  • Duflinkus says:

    Try over the counter Benadryl (diphenhydramine), 25 mg before bedtime. It is not addictive.
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  • Seablanco1 says:

    Most sleep medications taken over a period of time lose their effectiveness and you have to take higher doses. Over time, you can have a physical dependency to sleep meds. This is why most meds like Ambien are only prescribed for 3-4 weeks. Often, all that is needed is to get the body back into a regular sleep cycle, and the insomnia lessens.

    Before you try prescription meds try some over the counter medication like: Benadryl or Calms Forte’,
    Melatonin or tryptophan.

    Some people build up a tolerance very quickly to sleep meds and become dependent on them to get to sleep.
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  • Medicine Woman says:

    You can become addicted to them. Don’t take Benadryl for extended period of time, it is a antihistamine and will dry up your sinuses and give you a sinus infection. Melatonin is fine, it is made by the body and is not habit forming. As we grow older our supply of melatonin depletes and taking more of it does not hurt anything but does help us sleep so you can take it as much as needed. Tryptophan is in chicken & turkey and is said to make you sleepy. Give it a try, can’t hurt anything.
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    retired paramedic

  • Mieren says:

    Yes. A lot of sleep aides are addictive, and after you stop taking them, you’ll hit an even rougher patch of insomnia.

    Medication like Ambien makes a lot of people crazy and it won’t even put them to sleep. It will create an eight hour hole in the memory while still awake and running loose.

    Benadryl helps some people sleep. Others use things like Unisom. I like using a mix of Dramamine, Unisom and Benadryl. Careful with these. The first few times I tried that mix, I was mad as a hatter. Hallucinated and everything before my body adjusted to it. Whatever you take (prescription or over the counter), I would recommend that you have someone with you the first time you try it just in case you have an adverse effect.

    As for the over the counter medications, look at the active ingredients. The generics work just as well and they’re about a quarter of the price.
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  • indonesiahitam says:

    Using sleeping pills contain chemicals that are not recommended for use in the long run because it can lead to dependence on drugs. Without the drug we can not sleep soundly. A good solution is to exercise regularly and eat foods that contain nutrients for blood circulation. Bad blood circulation can reduced oxygen supply and cause metabolic disorders. Good nutrition for the body is a mineral. Minerals are very helpful in increasing the body resistance against disease, the formation of new cells, improve metabolism, strengthen teeth, increase energy and vitality of the body. Try to find a supplement that contains minerals derived from nature and feel the benefits.
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