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Query about disadvantages of sleeping pills - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Good morning.
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   are u a general physician?
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   I am a general physician.
User :   ok...I have been facing a problem from last few days...I feel giddiness during the day time,while driving etc
User :   i showed to a doctor and he advised me sleeeping pills for 15 days
Doctor :   Ok
User :   just wanted to know is it ok to take sleeping pills
User :   or what are the disadvantages
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Before I proceed answering your question,
Doctor :   Can I know your age and gender?
Doctor :   Do you have any medical illness such as diabetes, thyroid problems?
User :   my age is 29 and i am a female
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   Based on previous studies, the most common cause of excessive day time drowsiness and tiredness is lack of proper sleep.
Doctor :   The next common cause being medical illness such as thyroid problems, infections, lack of proper nutrition.
Doctor :   And accordingly, your doctor is right in trying to correct your sleep problem (if you do have them)
Doctor :   The disadvantage of the pills are as follows
User :   yes,because of office work i am sleeping only for 5-6 hrs in a day
Doctor :   Yes, that is probably the cause for the day time drowsiness.
Doctor :   1. Risk of over dosage resulting in respiratory and cardiac suppression
User :   I use glasses do you think my eyesight has been changed and this could be the reson
Doctor :   2. Liver affects
Doctor :   3. It can induce drowsiness if not taken according to the doctors suggestion.
Doctor :   4. Apart from this, long term use can result in drug addiction and drug tolerances.
Doctor :   These disadvantages are common, if you exceed the necessary dosage suggested by your doctor, and if you are going to use them for a long time.
Doctor :   I as a doctor, would suggest you to include few sleep modifications to help you sleep better.
Doctor :   Those may include changing your eating pattern, better room colour, better lighting and air circulation, and comfortable sleeping mattress.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   Yes...I will try to implement all these
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   no thanks..
Doctor :   Please confirm your name and phone number for our reference.
User :   in which hospital do you practise
Doctor :   I was practicing at Bangalore Baptist Hospital,
Doctor :   now I have cut short and limit my self to online medical consultations.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
Doctor :   Please confirm your name and phone number for our reference.
Doctor :   Thank you.
User :   thanks for your time
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   no thanks
Doctor :   It was my pleasure helping you.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
Doctor :   Have a nice day!!!
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