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Antidepressant medicines are often prescribed for people
insomnia. Best results are seen in people who also
have depression.footnote 1 Doctors often prescribe low doses of
certain antidepressants in an attempt to facilitate sleep, even though the
medicines have not been well studied for insomnia.
the antidepressants that might be prescribed for insomnia are amitriptyline and
The side effects of these medicines, which may include
sexual dysfunction, weight gain, dry mouth and throat, racing pulse, confusion,
and disturbed dreams, must be weighed against their potential benefits.
FDA advisories. The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) has issued:
Mahowald MW (2012). Disorders of sleep. In L Goldman, A Shafer, eds., Goldman's Cecil Medicine, 24th ed., pp. 2299–2304. Philadelphia: Saunders.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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