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New insomnia can be a side effect of a medicine that stimulates your central nervous system, although not all people will experience this side effect. Please review the following list of medicines that can stimulate the central nervous system:

  • decongestants such as pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine (Sudafed, Sudafed PE and other brands)

  • drugs for smoking cessation such as nicotine or bupropion (Zyban, Wellbutrin)

  • antidepressant drugs

  • asthma medicine (inhalers, albuterol, or theophylline)

  • prednisone

  • beta-blocker medications such as atenolol (Tenormin), propranolol (Inderal), metoprolol (Toprol) or others

  • clonidine (Catapres), most commonly prescribed for blood pressure

  • thyroid replacement

  • anxiety medicine

  • diet or weight loss pills

  • medicine for attention deficit disorder such as methylphenidate (Ritalin, Methylin, Metadate, Concerta), atomoxetine (Strattera) and others

  • medicine for narcolepsy such as drugs containing dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine, Adderall), modafinil (Provigil), and others

  • migraine medication

  • medicines for Parkinson's disease.

Are you taking any medications from the categories that are listed?

Yes, a medicine change may be the cause of my insomnia.

No, I don't take any of these medicines.

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