Sleeping Aids and psoriasis
Zolpidem (brand name: Ambien) is a sedative/hypnotic drug that helps to balance the chemicals in the brain that affect sleeping patterns. It is primarily used to treat insomnia, which is a disorder in which a person is unable to fall asleep and/or stay asleep for a sufficient amount of time. Major contributors to the development of insomnia are: stress, poor sleep hygiene, jet lag, eating heavy meals before bedtime, certain medications, and some mental health disorders. Zolpidem has the potential side effects of causing allergic reactions, dizziness, confusion, clumsiness, and depression.
There is no current evidence that shows that there is a relationship between zolpidem and the cause of psoriasis. Zolpidem is not indicated to treat psoriasis, but may be used in a person with both psoriasis and insomnia. Because people with psoriasis have a higher risk of becoming depressed, taking zolpidem may cause or further worsen depression.