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Last Updated: 8/18/2010. You may need prescription medication or behavioral therapy to bring on slumber. And if you have long-term sleep problems, meaning that you have difficulty more than three nights per week, it's especially important to consult your doctor.
Insomnia Treatment: Over-the-Counter Sleeping Pills.
"Some products available without a prescription can be helpful for occasional insomnia, but there are downsides," warns Paul Selecky, MD, medical director of the Hoag Sleep Disorders Center in Newport Beach, Calif.
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From sleeping pills to get-to-sleep hormones to herbal remedies, more and more over-the-counter (OTC) insomnia treatments are available for sleep-deprived customers. Shelves in drug, discount, and grocery stores are stocked with a dizzying array of insomnia aids these days. But do they work?.
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Insomnia Treatment: Herbal Sleep Aids.
Even with the wide variety of non-prescription sleep aids available, it's best to consult your doctor before popping sleeping pills or sipping sleep-promoting tea. A physician may be able to recommend certain products or steer you away from those that may interact with other medications you're taking.
Here's what you should know before you reach for that bottle of sleeping pills or another sleep medication.
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