Medicines That Can Cause Insomnia

Reviewed by Dr. Harrington

If you take any of the following medicines and are having sleep disruptions, talk with your doctor. Do not stop any medicines if you have not consulted with your doctor. Medications that can cause insomnia include:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (antidepressants such as Prozac and Zoloft)
  • Dopamine agonists (includes some medications for Parkinson's disease)
  • Psychostimulants and amphetamines
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Cold medicines and decongestants
  • Steroids
  • Beta agonists
  • Theophylline
  • Medications to lower blood pressure (alpha agonists, beta blockers)
  • Diuretics
  • Appetite suppressants
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Niacin

Clinical Trials

Alternative Treatment for Insomnia in Adults

The purpose of this pilot study is to learn more about treatments for insomnia. This project will look at how to best help insomnia patients transitioning from using sleep aids to other treatment options for their insomnia.

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