Psych meds 101: Sleep meds

Mental Health @ Home

pills beside a glass of water

This is the last in the psych meds 101 series; I’ve previously posted about antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and anti-anxiety meds, drawing on my perspective as a mental health nurse, former pharmacist, and person with depression.

While some of these meds are used  primarily for sleep, many have other uses as well.  The choice of medication for any given person will be based on their diagnosis among other factors, and sleep aids may no longer be necessary once the underlying mental illness is well controlled.

Benzodiazepines

I covered these in more detail in my previous post on anti-anxiety meds.  The choice of benzo will depend on whether you want it more for getting to sleep or staying asleep (i.e. shorter or longer acting).  I’ve found clonazepam, which is long-acting, to be helpful in the past when I was having problems with waking up early.

Oxazepam and…

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