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Posted in Sinequan on 20th June 2014

What would happen if i took sleeping pills?
What will happen if i take sleeping pills underage. You have to be 16 and i am 14?

Best answer(s):

Answer by Terry Overton
you will fall asleep

Answer by Cdluu
U will feel very very very sleepy n dizzy and fall asleep more longer

Answer by Neurologist
Pills have the same effect at any age, but if they are meant to be taken at 16, then there is a good reason (it could be really dangerous/easy to overdose). If you are desperate, find other sleeping pills for your age… though why would you even want to take them? Sleeping pills supper the deeper stages of sleep so you won’t get a truly restful sleep. If you are an insomniac, there are many other solutions.

Answer by Mathieu
That is not how things work. When drugs are approved they are only approved for specific indications and in many cases specific age groups and/or for certain periods of time. However it is common for doctors to prescribe medications off-label meaning it is prescribed for a reason, length of time, or age group it is not officially approved for. About 50% of all prescriptions are off label and the majority of medications are not approved for use in children and adolescents even though, for the most part, most are safe.

Without knowing the sleeping medication you are talking about I can’t really say much about it. Are you talking about an over-the-counter (OTC) medication? I really recommend against using OTC medications like diphenhydramine or doxylamine for sleep at any age since those medications have a low efficacy, high incidence of side effects such as residual daytime sedation, diminished cognitive function, dry mouth, blurred vision, urinary retention, and constipation, and according to The American Academy of Sleep Medicine they are “minimally effective in inducing sleep and may reduce sleep quality.”

If your insomnia is significant you need to see a doctor. It is important to be evaluated for any physical or psychiatric disorders that may be causing your insomnia (eg., anxiety, depression, pain, hyperthyroidism). Also the medications that are most effective and most safe are only available by prescription.

About 33% of medications for insomnia doctors use for people aged 17 and under are antihistamines including both OTC medications or prescription antihistamines like Atarax, Vistaril (hydroxyzine). The antihypertensive (a drug that lowers blood pressure) Catapres (clonidine) is prescribed about 26% of the time, Restoril (temazepam) and less commonly other benzodiazepines like ProSom (estazolam) are used 15% of the time, low dose sedating antidepressants, particularly Desyrel (trazodone), and less commonly Elavil (amitriptyline), Sinequan (doxepin), or Remeron (mirtazapine) are used 6% of the time, and benzodiazepine receptor agonists (BzRAs) like Ambien (zolpidem) and Sonata (zaleplon) are used about 1% of the time. The rest of the time a doctor either dose not prescribe medication or refers to a psychiatrist.

Part of the problem when treating insomnia is that most medications that have most popular are NOT approved for insomnia and have little or no data indicating they are effective. Of the medications I listed only benzodiazepines like temazepam, estazolam, and flurazepam along with BzRAs like zolpidem, zaleplon, and eszopiclone are approved for insomnia or any other sleeping disorder. So I would recommend these medications as first-line treatments in most cases. However if you have any history of substance abuse or a family history of substance abuse/dependence (ie addiction) especially alcoholism or barbiturate addiction then these drugs may not be best since they can be abused although it is very uncommon for medical use of hypnotics to lead to addiction. Antidepressant use for insomnia, especially at your age, caries significant risk but may be appropriate in some cases. In general I most recommend temazepam or either eszopiclone (in The US) or zopiclone (outside of The US) for sleep.

Also at age 14 you should try to get about 9.5 hrs of sleep at night, some people may need a bit more or less but that is a good target.

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