Quality to sleep it is vital to our overall health and some medications can disrupt our sleep patterns by causing insomnia. Knowing what time of day to take your medicine can be the difference between a good night’s sleep or tossing and turning for hours. Eat this, not that! Health spoke with Katie Rocawich, PharmD, BCCCP; A clinical pharmacist for the VCU Health System explaining which medications to avoid at night and why. Read on – and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Surefire signs that you’re already over COVID.
dr. Rocawich says: “Guarana is a fruit-bearing vine native to South America. Its fruit or seed contains caffeine and is included as an additive in energy drinks and nutritional supplements for weight loss, energy, etc. Guarana should not be taken in the evening as it can cause insomnia.”
dr. Rocawich tells us, “Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed®) and phenylephrine (Sudafed PE®) are over-the-counter medications used to relieve nasal congestion from seasonal allergies or cold symptoms. In most individuals, pseudoephedrine causes stimulation of the central nervous system, leading to irritability , restlessness and/or insomnia.”
According to Dr. Rocawicha “Both American ginseng and Asian ginseng are nutritional supplements taken for a variety of indications, including increasing energy, lowering blood sugar and cholesterol, and as an anti-inflammatory agent. Ginseng should not be taken at night as it can cause insomnia.”
dr. Rocawich explains: “Hawthorn is a thorny shrub in the rose family. An extract from the berries, leaves and flowers is used medicinally to protect against heart disease and help control high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Hawthorn is a powerful natural diuretic, so unless you want to be all night and running to the toilet, you should not take it before bed.”
“Corticosteroid dose packs are commercially available tapered-dose products that facilitate the administration of tapered doses of steroids for various indications (allergic reactions, inflammatory conditions, etc.),” says Dr. Rocawich. “Although indicated to be taken in divided doses (including a dose at bedtime), corticosteroids are often associated with insomnia. To avoid this, the entire daily dose can be taken as one dose in the morning.”
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