Posted by: Des | 2006/11/10

Sleeping Tablets & OCD

Hi Doctor,

I have been suffering from OCD for a very long time (good couple of years) although I've only been diagnosed with it in 2004 after visiting the local shrink. She put me on Zoloft for a few months and I thought I was making a recovery, but was wrong. Also, during all these years, I was taking over the counter sleeping tablets like Betasleep and Somnil because of leading a very stressfull (workaholic) and lonely life (no time for socialising because of OCD). Recently, I made up my mind to stop taking these tablets and noticed a major difference in this anxiety (not cured, but major difference)? This brings me to my question; is it possible that taking these sleeping tablets could have resulted or worsened my OCD?

Many thanks.

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Dear Des
Both these tablets are not sleeping tablets in the true sense of the word, but anticholinergic ( Somnil) and antihistamine ( betasleep) . Both these drugs can cause drowsiness and interact with any other depressant medication and alcohol etc. I think you made a wise move here - rather ask your doctor for Stilnox prescription if you can't sleep. However not all patients react good to just one kind of antidepressant like Zoloft and I think you should try others too - discuss with your doctor ( preferably a psychiatrist)
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