Insomnia Health Topics

Featured Conditions and Diseases
When a person has trouble sleeping for a month or longer, he or she may have chronic insomnia. This part of the eMedTV library discusses the symptoms, causes, risk factors, and treatment options for this condition, with links to specific information.
Insomnia is the inability to get enough sleep. This portion of the eMedTV library describes the causes, effects, types, and treatment of this condition. It also discusses how much sleep most people need and offers statistics about the condition.
Featured Medications
Ambien is a prescription drug that is used for treating short-term insomnia. This part of the eMedTV library offers an in-depth look at Ambien and its effects, dosing guidelines, and potential side effects.
Ambien CR is a sleeping medicine licensed for the treatment of insomnia in adults. This eMedTV article explains how Ambien CR works and offers information on its effects, dosing guidelines, and possible side effects.
California poppy is an herbal supplement that may be used medicinally for depression, anxiety, and insomnia. This eMedTV Web article provides an overview of California poppy, including information on how it may work and potential safety concerns.
Dalmane is a prescription drug that has several effects on the body, including causing sleepiness. This eMedTV Web page provides a general overview of the medication, noting in particular its side effects, strengths, and dosing guidelines.
Doral is a medication that is prescribed to treat insomnia. This article from the eMedTV library describes the effects of Doral, provides general dosing information for the drug, and explains what you should know before taking the sleep medicine.
Estazolam is a prescription drug that is licensed for the short-term treatment of insomnia. This eMedTV page explains the effects of estazolam and offers information on its precautions and warnings, possible side effects, and tips on taking the drug.
A healthcare provider may prescribe Halcion for the short-term treatment of insomnia. This eMedTV article covers general information on Halcion, including how it works, potential side effects, and tips on when and how to take the medication.
Intermezzo is a medicine prescribed to treat a certain type of insomnia. This page of the eMedTV Web site presents more detailed information on what this sleep medicine is used for, how it works, dosing instructions, possible side effects, and more.
L-glutamine is a non-essential amino acid sometimes used in dietary supplements. This eMedTV article explains the importance of this amino acid, lists the potential benefits of L-glutamine supplements, and explores the effectiveness of these products.
Lunesta is a prescription medicine that is used as a sleep aid to treat insomnia. This section of the eMedTV library further discusses the effects of Lunesta, lists precautions and warnings for the drug, and offers general dosing information.
Melatonin is a supplement that is often used to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders. This part of the eMedTV site covers other possible melatonin uses, explains how the hormone affects sleep patterns, and describes side effects that may occur.
Passion flower is a supplement that is often used for treating anxiety and sleeping problems. This eMedTV page further explains what passion flower is used for, lists possible side effects of the supplement, and explores its safety and effectiveness.
Restoril is a drug used for the treatment of insomnia. This eMedTV article provides a complete overview of this sleep medication, including information on the drug's dosing guidelines, available strengths, and possible side effects.
Rozerem, a prescription insomnia medicine, is used for helping those who have trouble falling asleep. This eMedTV Web page contains general information on Rozerem and its effects, dosing guidelines, and potential side effects.
Silenor is a prescription medication used to help people with insomnia stay asleep. This eMedTV Web article offers an in-depth look at this sleep medicine, including information on how it works, possible side effects, dosing information, and more.
Skullcap is a perennial herb that is often used as a dietary supplement. This page on the eMedTV site explains what it is used for, lists possible side effects that may occur, and explores the safety and effectiveness of skullcap supplements.
Sonata, a prescription drug, is licensed to treat insomnia in adults who have trouble falling asleep. This eMedTV article describes the effects of Sonata and offers details on its dosing information and potential side effects.
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that must be obtained through dietary means. This selection from the eMedTV Web site discusses how tryptophan works and offers more information on its effectiveness, safety concerns, and potential side effects.
Valerian is a supplement that is often used to treat insomnia. This selection from the eMedTV Web site provides an overview of this herbal supplement, including information on how it works, possible side effects, and potential safety concerns.
Zolpimist is a drug approved for the short-term treatment of insomnia. As this eMedTV page explains, the medicine comes in the form of an oral spray. This article outlines the effects of the medicine, describes how it works, and offers dosing guidelines.
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