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Best Non Prescription Sleeping Pill?  
User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17499 posts, RR: 45
Posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I'm going on a long trip so I'd like suggestions for a good non-prescription sleeping pill that I can take to sleep on the long transatlantic flight. I've tried Tylenol "Simply Sleep" and it's worthless. Any suggestions?


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User currently offlineFr8Mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Tylenol PM works fine for me. You're not going to find anythinf too powerful out there. Try the PM with a drink.


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User currently offlineAirbuff From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

A couple drinks and a Nyquil shooter works for me.  Smile


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User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1844 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Watching HSN (Home Shopping Network) or QVC late at night.

Just listen to the soothing voices and all will be well /sarcasm



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User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3084 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Gravol...


Yeahi know it is an anti- sickness drug....but it works..
gs



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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Whole Milk, does a body good, and puts me to sleep in no time..... After I fart my lactose intolerant self silly Big grin

User currently offlineGilligan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I'm just waiting for the day they make gin&tonic gell caps.

User currently offlineMBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Benadryl. Even though it's meant for allergies, it makes you sleepy. But you get normal REM cycle sleep with it and you wake rested.

User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nyquil. Or any relatively harmless over-the-counter medication with a drousiness side-effect. Sucks to run out of dayquil and take a few nyquil in the daytime and regret it in you evening classing while you feel nausiated reading off the board.

Yeah that was my last 2 weeks.



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User currently offlineDrDeke From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 830 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I believe that diphenhydramine (found in Benadryl, Tylenol PM, NyQuil, etc...) is the only substance that is avialable for sale as an over the counter sleeping pill in the USA. Most diphenydramine-containing medicines specify two doses that an adult can take, and I have been told that the higher dose is usually needed for the medicine to have any noticable sedating effect.

One thing to watch out for is the fact that many medicines that contain diphenhydramine also contain pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine, which can cause sleeplessness and increased levels of stimulation in some people.

-DrDeke



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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3625 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Tylenol PM works great. Take a dose about an hour before you want to hit the pillow.

Also, Ambian by perscription is awesome. It almost makes you a bit drunk and lets you sleep the whole night through.


User currently offlineBobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Forget the non-prescription drugs. Ambien or Lunesta will work. The problem with Ambien is that it's addictive if you take it every day, so only use it to sleep on the airplane, don't use it at home. Lunesta is not addicitve.

User currently offlineN229NW From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1950 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting DrDeke (Reply 9):
I believe that diphenhydramine (found in Benadryl, Tylenol PM, NyQuil, etc...) is the only substance that is avialable for sale as an over the counter sleeping pill in the USA. Most diphenydramine-containing medicines specify two doses that an adult can take, and I have been told that the higher dose is usually needed for the medicine to have any noticable sedating effect.

Doxylamine Succinate is another one. I've tried both here and there as I'm actually a night owl and have trouble shifting my body to an earlier schedule. Actually the Doxylamine Succinate works slightly better for me than the Diphenhydramine Hcl.

It is sold as Unisom or various generic brands. If you tried the Diphenhydramine Hcl in Tylenol PM or Benedryl and it didn't work, it is another option to try.

Then again, if you can get your hands on a Valium, that is a sure thing. Just don't start popping them often or you'll get addicted.



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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I find doxylamine succinate works pretty good for me. It's sold as Unisom SleepTabs® contain doxylamine succinate. It's also available in generic forms that are much less expensive.

Unisom SleepGels® contain diphenhydramine and is not the same at all; it's expensive Benedryl. Some people report that diphenhydramine causes nervousness, insomnia, and jumpy legs....including me. You're still tired and/or exhausted, but pace the floor and watch TV rather than sleep.

The most effective, low cost sleeping medication that I've used is trazodoze 100 mg taken 10 minutes before laying down. Doctors tend to prescribe it upon request because it's very safe and not addictive. It starts to work very quickly. Some people report it takes a few minutes to get up to speed in the morning, but that improves after the first few doses.

Mark


User currently offlineBobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 13):
trazodoze

When I type "trazodoze" in google it says "Did you mean trazodone?" It's a good thing you're not writing prescriptions.  

edit: I spelled prescriptions wrong!



[Edited 2005-09-29 04:32:16]

User currently offlineN808NW From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 374 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 10):
Ambian by perscription is awesome. It almost makes you a bit drunk and lets you sleep the whole night through.

I get double vision when i take it, and i doo feel drunk... just without the feel good buzz. it puts me to sleep right away, however its addictive. sometimes i take a half a tablet and ill sleep just fine. i think it doesent give you real sleep, so i feel a bit "off" during the day. last year I took another tablet that was literally a tranquillizer. i just had to take the tinyest amouts of it to sleep. but i felt really tired and heavy the next day. I wish i could get a good nights sleep. its not too often that i feel well rested.  Sad


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User currently offlineFlyVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Dramamine is a motion sickness tablet that'll knock you out for awhile.


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User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I shit you not on this one.......

By far, the best sleep aid I've ever had is the natural supplement Melatonin, which you can find at any Wal-mart or pharmacy. It is natural, so you don't get the drugged feeling when you wake up like Nyquil or other suppressants will give. This is an exceptional supplement that will have you sleeping every night, SOUNDLY, without any problems.

Seriously, give it a try for a week or so and let me know what you think. You can get a bottle for usually no more than about $5 or so and it will last a while. Take it about 2 hours prior to when you want to go to bed and you will have the best night sleep ever. I've suggested this to so many people in my life and they have all been thoroughly pleased.

Let me know how it works!  Big grin



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User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Just be very careful since most of then have serious side effects. Benadryl is great, but if you suffer of glaucoma, is not recommended.

My advise, ask a pharmacist, or better your M.D. BEFORE taking any pill.


User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 18):
Just be very careful since most of then have serious side effects.

This is why I stress trying Melatonin, as it has no drugging agents in it. You have to be careful mixing the OTC drugs to sleep because some will do more harm than good.



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User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Why not go herbal? There is no risk of overdose and it won't interfere with your body chemistry. It means you can drink too.

I use valerian and passiflora. You'll sleep like a baby the whole flight.


User currently offlineErikwilliam From Brazil, joined Mar 2004, 2152 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting MaverickM11 (Thread starter):
Best Non Prescription Sleeping Pill?

the answer is very very simple.
Marijuana



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User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I have suffered on and off with insomnia for years and most of the over the counter stuff is quite ineffective. Here in the UK we can get Diphenhydramine sold as Nytol or Promethazine sold as Sominex. Both are antihistamines which have sedating properties.

They are next to useless but better than nothing. Those 'herbal' remedies like Valerian and Nytol Herbal dont work at all for me, even when I double the dose!

Prescription sleeping tablets are very hard to get from doctors. I am seeing a pyschiatrist and even they are reluctant to prescribe them. I have had Zolpidem and Temazepam before and both work brilliantly but doctors are really reluctant at prescribing them evn for the most difficult insomnia.


User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Melatonin is not available here in the UK over the counter. All you can get is Valerian and other herbal pills which dont work or antihistamines like Diphenhydramine which are not very effective.

User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20640 posts, RR: 62
Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 22):
Prescription sleeping tablets are very hard to get from doctors. I am seeing a pyschiatrist and even they are reluctant to prescribe them.

Jeez, I'm awash in Ambien, Sonata, Valium, etc. Anything I want, I just ask, and I get.



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25 Post contains links Eilennaei : The same all over the EU, must be some directive at work. Presciption gets it, but the price is considerably higher that in the US. It's not just som
26 Orion737 : I too have used Zopiclone and find it very effective. trouble is it is a prescription medication here in the UK and doctors are very reluctant to give
27 AeroWesty : Have you thought of getting your doctor to give you a referral to a sleep clinic? Once a sleep doctor has given you a dx of sleep interruption, then
28 Nordair : I also have Zopiclone and it is a prescription drug in Canada. It is not addictive by what most would consider that term. You can develop an immunity
29 Eilennaei : My doctors have been very understanding with the prescriptions. Apart from being a chronic insomniac, I'm also a rheumatic arthritis sufferer so I hav
30 Orion737 : I have difficulty getting off to sleep and wake frequently during the night, often having to get up as I lay completley unable to drop off to sleep an
31 AeroWesty : You say you're seeing a psychiatrist. He/she should be treating this. If not, you are allowed to say the word that makes every doctor's skin crawl. "
32 Eilennaei : Orion737, you could try asking for one of the older-generation tricyclic depression medicines as a sleeping aid. They're not very pleasant to use, dry
33 Nordair : A restful sleep is a fundamental tool in fighting depression. Nothing much else in the battle can progress without it.
34 Post contains links TACAA320 : "Millions of Americans are shift workers who struggle to stay awake while they perform their jobs and then battle with insomnia and other sleep-relate
35 Usnseallt82 : Geez, I'm sorry about this. I think I knew this because I met a woman in Paris several years back who had a horrible time sleeping. I told her that m
36 Braybuddy : I've never tried it on a flight, but if I'm awake at night and can't get back to sleep I start blanking my mind. You can do this a couple of ways: cl
37 Eilennaei : It's my understanding that importing Melatonin for your own personal use to the EU/EEA is allowed, if you have a prescription for it from your doctor
38 Post contains images HAWK21M : Seriously speaking Why need medication to sleep.Do you have a sleep diosorder. regds MEL
39 Braybuddy : If something is on you mind you have to train yourself to stop thinking about it. It's not easy and may not always work, but it can be done. If you t
40 Eilennaei : This is exactly the attitude from the relatively healthy ones that gets those with sensitive mentally-linked problems a) even more depressed and lowe
41 Ozglobal : Agree, 100%. I've done more than 15 Europe-Oz trips and mutltiple, Europe-Asia and US is the last few years. Melatonin is the miracle drug for me, be
42 Post contains images Matt27 :
43 Post contains images FlyAUA : There was a time at uni when I had problems sleeping so I got a pack of NYTOL from the drugstore (not prescription medication). I took half the dose
44 Post contains images DrDeke : I think that's the idea! Otherwise, he wouldn't need medication to sleep, right? I have never had severe problems sleeping, but a close family member
45 Braybuddy : Quite possibly they may not have. I didn't say it would work for everybody, so don't say that I did. People have different reasons for not being able
46 Eilennaei : [just thought relaxing thoughts instead of sleeping pills] But then, how would you know that? One of the revelations of the Internet to me has been t
47 Braybuddy : Again you're accusing me of things I never said. I said "quiet possibly", which is a completly different thing to "I know".
48 Eilennaei : Braybuddy, let's retrace: You're in effect saying that you can "think yourself out" of insomnia. If I may paraphrase you: "by working hard, anyone can
49 Braybuddy : You are again accusing me of saying things I did not. Your paraphrasing of my post is entirely your interpretation and not what I had said. Firstly, I
50 TACAA320 : The prolonged use of acetaminophen may harm your liver, and the Benadryl contained in the Tylenol PM usually raise the eyes pressure. So, the better
51 Post contains images JCS17 : My buddy once gave me a Wal-Mart brand, Equate I think, sleeping pill. Boy, did that knock me on my ass. I also woke up feeling extra white-trashy . I
52 Eilennaei : Like I said in my breakdown of the statement, you should have disambiguated the sentence by adding "for everyone". Now that stands out as a claim tha
53 Post contains images Usnseallt82 : I think someone said that about alcohol once, but I wasn't listen. Oh well, bottoms up!
54 Post contains links Eilennaei : No, it's not a painkiller, but an older-generation tricyclic depression medicine. None of the present primary "painkillers" induce sleep. I wrote abo
55 Braybuddy : Your replies are becoming (I reckon) deliberately more obscure: the phrase "may not always work" doesn't need a qualifier. Simple as that! If I could
56 TACAA320 : I said "...may...". And that was scientifically proven. As well the alcohol, despite you listen or not. Is like smoking, is hazardous to human's heal
57 Usnseallt82 : Ok.......its confirmed. 99.9% of all A.net users have no humor........NONE whatsoever. I was joking.
58 Garnetpalmetto : Golf or cricket. Puts any sane person right to sleep.
59 Post contains links Eilennaei : People who can't sleep properly are definitely not "disturbed". I know English semantics well enough, I wish you did as well: "disturbed" from www.wo
60 Braybuddy : Read what I said again: "There are also people who have more serious problems. . . they are the people I was referring to as "disturbed". Here is an
61 Eilennaei : [quote=Braybuddy,reply=60] I think I see your problem now, really should have seen it sooner. You're simply angry at yourself, because yourself has be
62 Braybuddy : Maybe I should let you use my username as you keep telling me what you think I should be saying. I'd love to know where you see anger in any of my po
63 Eilennaei : Braybuddy, for the last time, you're not consistent, not at all. So to put these two together: if a person fails your original test, here: ..then that
64 Braybuddy : Explain this in English and I'll come back to you. You're a hoot! You should try scriptwriting (but take up English first). You've got a great imagin
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