For any drug to work with maximum effect, it must be taken correctly. Soothing means are not an exception.
But when they are taken into account, one should also take into account the group they belong to, whether they are preparations of plant or synthetic origin.
What are the sedatives?
Soothing, or sedative, medicinalDrugs are divided into two categories. The first includes those that are of vegetable origin, the active substance in them are extracts of valerian, motherwort, etc. The second category includes synthetic sedatives, which, in turn, are divided into benzodiazepines and barbiturates. In addition, antihistamines of the first generation possess a soothing effect, including, for example, diphenhydramine, which has a pronounced hypnotic effect.
How to take sedatives correctly
Soothing means of plantOrigin are sold in pharmacies without a doctor's prescription. To date, there have been no studies scientifically proving their effectiveness and justifying a safe dosage. However, this effect is there, and dosages should be followed by those indicated in the instructions for use. The most popular drug in this category is valerian. It should not be taken with other sedatives, nor with synthetic, not with herbal. Doctors do not recommend to use it for a long time.
Motherwort can not be taken during pregnancy,So as not to provoke a miscarriage. The plant preparation Kava-kava, which is also sold in Russian pharmacies as soothing, is prohibited in Germany, Switzerland and Canada, as it adversely affects the liver. Side effects of passionflower (passionflower) are not fixed, it is considered a completely safe component of soothing herbal dues. But St. John's wort can not be used together with oral contraceptives - it neutralizes their effect. Soothing means of plant origin is better to drink after eating, so as not to provoke an upset stomach or gastritis.
Synthetic drugs include barbiturates -Corvalol, valocardin, as well as benzodiazepines - Relanium, Seduxen, Diazepam. The former are relatively safe, but have a short duration of action. The latter last longer, but they have many side effects and are addictive, so they should be taken strictly under the supervision of the doctor, who will prescribe them. Synthetic drugs can be taken at any time, regardless of before or after a meal.
General recommendations include the time of admissionSoothing drugs: from 14:00 to 15:00 they are particularly effective. You can not combine their reception with alcohol, the consequences can be the most serious. Do not drink them with grapefruit juice, as well as drinks containing tannin and caffeine, which provoke the opposite effect and cause excessive excitement.