Which drugs cause drowsiness?
The following types of medications can cause drowsiness:
- Narcotics used to relieve pain (e.g., codeine, morphine)
- Certain antianxiety medications (e.g., diazepam, lorazepam, alprazolam)
- Certain antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline, fluvoxamine)
Commonly prescribed antidepressants include duloxetine (Cymbalta), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft) and venlafaxine (Effexor). How they can cause fatigue: Fatigue is a common side effect of antidepressant medications, especially during early weeks of treatment.
- Both Zyrtec and Claritin may make you drowsy or tired. For that reason, you shouldn't take these medications if you also take muscle relaxers, sleeping pills, or other drugs that cause drowsiness. Taking them at the same time that you take sedating drugs can make you extremely sleepy.
- Reishi can interact with other medications and may increase the risk of bleeding. Garlic (Allium sativum) may help lower blood pressure slightly, although not all studies agree. Garlic may interact with blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix), and aspirin.
- Weight gain can occur as a side effect of some beta blockers, especially the older ones, such as atenolol (Tenormin) and metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol-XL). The average weight gain is about 2.6 pounds (about 1.2 kilograms). Doctors aren't sure exactly why some beta blockers cause weight gain.
Types of prescription sleeping pills
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- Benzodiazepines , which are included in a class of drugs called hypnotics; some types of benzodiazepines include clonazepam (Klonopin), diazepam (Valium), temazepam (Restoril), estazolam, alprazolam (Xanax), and lorazepam (Ativan). These drugs may be used to treat parasomnias.
- Frequently, doctors have relied on sleep medications like eszopiclone (Lunesta and generic); ramelteon (Rozerem and generic); zaleplon (Sonata and generic); zolpidem (Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar, ZolpiMist, and generic); or other drugs like the antidepressant trazodone, to manage insomnia.
- It may also cause other unwanted side effects. So, yes, you can technically overdose on melatonin. However, a melatonin overdose can be hard to define since there isn't an official standard safe dose for everyone. In adults, doses in the 30-mg range may be harmful.
Updated: 28th November 2019