MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17352 posts, RR: 46 Posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 5 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?
Lehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 5 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.
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DrDeke From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 830 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 4 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.
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Bobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 4 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.
N229NW From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1937 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 4 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.
AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 6 days 4 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.
N808NW From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 374 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 8 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.
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Usnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 5 days 4 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.
Orion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 4 days 11 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.