How can I get a prescription for sleeping pills?

This question was asked in Irvine, California on 12/03/2012.
How do I get a prescription for sleeping pills? From a physician? Where should I make the appointment?

Doctors Answers (4)

Joseph Lee, DDS, FICOI
Answered on: 12/4/2012

Please consult your physician.

Jeannine Louise Gingras, MD
Answered on: 12/4/2012

If you are having significant insomnia: difficulty falling or staying asleep or early morning waking, you should first be evaluated to identify to root cause of your insomnia. Better to treat the root cause then use "sleeping pills".

Richard J. Schumann Jr., MD
Answered on: 2/2/2012 2

Sleeping pills can be prescribed by a physician only after a clear diagnosis of acute or chronic insomnia is made. However, the pills should not be considered a viable long term solution to chronic insomnia.

A prescription from an appropriately trained healthcare provider (physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner) is required for sleep medications. An appointment can be made through your primary physician or directly through a sleep specialist’s office.