What is Sleep aids?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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In general, sleep medications are most effective as a temporary aid, not a long term solution. For chronic insomnia, a good sleep environment, relaxation, and behavioral techniques provide relief without risk of medication side effects or tolerance.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Insomnia 9 1
Inability to sleep 6 0
Fibromyalgia 1 0
Pain 1 0
Sleep apnea disorder 1 0

Show all 6 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 2

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sleep aids

Side effect Patients
Decreased appetite 1
Sleepiness 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Sleep aids

Dosage Patients
0.6 mg daily 1
2 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Sleep aids

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 2
Expense 1
Other 1
See all 2 patients who've stopped taking Sleep aids

Duration

Currently taking Sleep aids

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Sleep aids

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 0
Usually 1
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 1
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Sleep aids.