I have used Unisom for for an extended period of time and will alternate it with other sleep aids, namely, melatonin and sometimes a Benedryl-based sleep aid. I am 78 and do not sleep well without help. I have advanced arthritis and the "hurt movements" would wake me up too often. Thanks for your product and your attention to this e-mail. Charles Jacobs
All unisom is is an antihistamine. If you've used it before I don't see why it would hurt now. Unless you're taking other meds that have same ingredients in it. As always ask your doctor first. Even at the wonderful age you are so full of knowledge its always better to ask.
I spoke with my pharmacist about Unisom usage today, He says " just don't take it everyday" " one day off a week is enough". I mentioned to him that i have been taking it 3-4 times a week and he said " that is fine."
I have the same problem as you. Very painful arthritis, shoulders, hips, thumbs and lower back. I have had one back surgery, and need another. But I can't have the surgery due to a heart condition. I usually wake up at 2 or 3 in the morning from breakthrough pain if I roll over. I usually just go ahead and get up, and sit quietly and read, or web surf.
At bedtime, I take a pain pill in addition to 2 Benadryl. It's my belief that there is no better over the counter sleep aid. And my doctor approved it.
As older adults, we don't need as much sleep as we used to. Instead of expecting to get 8 hours of sleep, expect 5 to 6, and if you get tired during the day, lay down and relax a while. If you lower your expectations a little of how much sleep you really need, you'll be much happier. Plus I love how quiet the house is in those early hours.
Hope this helps you.
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