Dr. Suzanne Bertisch discusses the most commonly used medications for sleep.

Below is a list of medications that are either approved by the FDA or are commonly used for the treatment of insomnia. Medications are most appropriate for short-term insomnia (i.e., several days or a few weeks) that has been triggered by an emotional or physical event. They should be used under the supervision of a clinician.

Medications for Insomnia


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  12. Doxylamine. MedlinePlus. U.S. National Library of Medicine. https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682537.html.
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