Medications should not be taken without a prescription. Each case must be individualized, assessing the benefits of treatment, if this is truly indicated. At the Sleep Institute we try not prescribed hypnotics except for exceptional cases.
Hypnotic pharmaceuticals (benzodiazepines, zolpidem, zaleplon): are often prescribed in cases of transient insomnia.
Antidepressants (fluoxetine, trazodone, mirtazapine): affect mood and the latter two also act as hypno-regulators, modifying the structure of sleep.
In general, treatment time is limited, to limit the emergence of side effects.