Some sleep problems require altering body chemistry to improve sleep quality and quantity. Dr. Senthil Ramasamy, board-certified in neurology and sleep medicine, will ensure that you get the right medications in the proper dosages for the optimal duration to effectively treat your sleep disorder.
Many sleep problems are caused by life situations, so they are temporary, and treatment should be temporary, too. If your sleep doctor recommends a prescription or OTC sleep aid, you should not depend on the sleep aid for more than one to three months. If insomnia or other sleep issue persists, further diagnostics may be needed to identify what is causing chronic sleep problem.
Patients should be aware that while sleep aids may be an option compared to inadequate sleep, almost all sleep aids reduce deep or REM sleep. Patients can develop a tolerance to sleep aids, both prescription and OTC. The longer someone depends on a sleep aid, the more likely they will need to increase the dosage to get sufficient sleep. Unfortunately, many sleep aids actually interfere with deep sleep, so long-term use can actually contribute to sleep deprivation and associated health risks.
Sleep disorders with neurological causes may require long-term (possibly life-time) medication treatment. If you suffer from a neurological sleep problem, it is important that you regularly see your sleep doctor. Some medications can actually lead to insomnia, so dosages may need to be adjusted and/or similar drugs may need to be tried.
There are a variety of medications used to treat sleep disorders. Common medications include:
Some antidepressants, anti-seizure medications and Parkinson’s medications may also be prescribed for sleep disorder treatments.
To learn more about medications for sleep disorder treatments, contact Neurology & Sleep Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico to schedule an initial consultation. All patients meet with Dr. Ramasamy who will help them understand the diagnostic process and treatment options.