Medications That Can Cause Insomnia

If you have chronic insomnia, sometimes it's due to medications or drug-like substances that you take for other purposes. Here's a list of some of the most common medications that can contribute to insomnia.

  • birth control pills
  • thyroid medication
  • beta blockers like Toprol or labetalol
  • antibiotics like Cipro, Avelox, or Levaquin
  • antidepressants
  • Sudafed
  • caffeine
  • appetite suppressants
  • steroids like prednisone or cortisone
  • niacin (vitamin B3)
  • ginsing

Sleep Tip: If you have insomnia, check your drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and supplements to make sure they aren't causing insomnia.

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