Pharmacy Corner
Counting Sheep Is Not Working: Insomnia Are there prescription medications that work for insomnia?

The most commonly used medications for sleep are: 2,5,10

  • Benzodiazepines (such as lorazepam, temazepam, oxazepam):
    • Are usually used for a short period of time.
    • They can help shorten the time it takes to fall asleep, and they extend the length of time you are asleep
    • Side effects include drowsiness and grogginess during the day, confusion, and disorientation.
  • Zolpidem and Zopiclone work like Benzodiazepines and are just as effective, but don’t have as many side effects.
  • Antidepressants:
    • Even though they are called antidepressants, they cause drowsiness and can be used for insomnia. The lowered doses function as a sedative, and not as an antidepressant for depression.
    • Depending on the antidepressant taken, the side effects may include drowsiness and grogginess during the day, dry mouth, constipation, blurred vision, or trouble urinating.
    • Examples include Amitriptyline and Trazodone.
Don’t Forget

Don’t Forget

Keep your pharmacist and doctor up-to-date on what is working and what is not working to help with your insomnia.