Taking Sleeping Pills As A Quick Fix

By: Amanda Price Email
By: Amanda Price Email

You could become reliant on medications to get your sleep. Dr. Nick Smith of Pikeville Medical Center says, “You're not going to go through a big withdraw and start pawning off everything in your house to go to money to buy sleeping pills but you may end up with something to where you can't sleep again without it.”

More and more people are relying on sleeping pills to get a good nights rest. “In today's world it seems like a lot of people you know, take a lot of caffeine or a lot uppers when we need to be going and a lot of downers when we need to sleep so that happens a lot of times and that can unfortunately be a vicious cycle,” says Dr. Smith. He says there are other options but when most people are tired, they want immediate relief and so they turn to sleeping pills. “Some people however go about it in a different way and they want a quick fix.”

Patricia McCoy, a pharmacist at Pikeville Medical Center says, “Probably almost on a daily basis I may see one or see a refill. It's just an everyday thing.”

McCoy says in her years of being a pharmacist, more people are coming in with prescriptions and that's why sleeping medications like Ambien is one of the top 50 drugs filled the most at this pharmacy.

By relying on medication, people aren't establishing a regular sleeping pattern and although not always easy, it's what they need to do, say McCoy.

Dr. Smith says, “I do think there is definitely a time and a place. I don't think everybody needs a sleeping pill.”

Dr. Smith says if you have tried other ways to help you sleep and you still can't function in your daily life then medication could help. He also says before you try medication you should try several things such as sleeping with a fan, drinking less caffeine in the evening and avoid watching television in the bedroom.

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  • by Vance on Aug 11, 2008 at 08:35 AM
    God would have not made us if we required some kind of pill to live. Don't be deceived we do not need pills to live. Air, Water, and food yes. Lets be sensible and not like some ACLU groupie...
  • by William Location: seky on Aug 8, 2008 at 02:19 PM
    Vance your a water addict and oxygen and food why you gotta have all that air and water and food to live why don't you just wake up and stop breathing and say there now I don't need all that, as the body gets older sometimes people have to add things when parts fall off or stop working and I do agree Drs are lazy and jerk out the pin and make great amounts of money for there self and drug companies but we all are addicts of some sort just be glad you are just a air and water and food addict thus far.
  • by Vance Location: Chloe on Aug 8, 2008 at 09:21 AM
    too many old people on 10-20 different meds don't even know they are addicted. They go the church on Sunday and praise the Lord and spend all week high on a different kind of spirit. Too many people just will not wake and realize they are addicted.
  • by feeling the pain Location: ky on Aug 8, 2008 at 07:33 AM
    To William I feel your pain. It seems that unite has hurt all us law abiding citizens worse then the dealers they say they are after. It is like pulling teeth with pliers or giving up your first born to get help from a doctor these days. Everyone that has to have medication is treated like an addict now not just the ones that truly are! I see the doctor's point as they are subject to prosecution if unite thinks they are dosing out too much so they have the concern of loosing their liscense just to help their patients. Good going unite... Seems you need to go back to the old days and old ways and really do a thorough investigation instead of the fly by night poop you are doing now! as for Anonymous. Have you ever had a sleeping problem or are a lazy bones that can sleep anything anywhere! Counting sheep definately DOES NOT work in all situations!
  • by William Location: seky on Aug 8, 2008 at 03:57 AM
    I suffer from heart disease,there is no cure for it, the meds I take beta blockers cause insomeia,but I cant stop them until there is a cure for a fib,in the past I could get small amounts of sleeping medicine to combat the beta blocker induced insomnia, not only does Valum 5 once a day treat my insomnia, it also helps my heart stay in sinus rhythm, keeps hypertension down, and controls agoraphobia,to some degree, But now I have been forced to join the ranks of drug user!!!in seky I got sick at age 22, im almost 50 now took heart meds for well over 20 years not good, I have liver damage but I cant stop my meds so now I have to beg my Dr for valum to sleep it works for me I never take more then prescribed but I weare the crown of drug attic now on top of 25 years of heart disease I now have to beg for my medicine each trip to the Dr feels like a police interrogation I feel guilty for being sick Hal rogers needs to take a look at the people UNITE has hurt in this manner .
  • by Anonymous on Aug 7, 2008 at 09:07 PM
    laydown and count sheep..tell u fall asleep


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