The modern rhythm of life dictates its own rules. Stress, unfortunately, has become almost a regular companion of human life. Not everyone can cope with this problem solely by the forces of their body.
You need to know that most sedative drugs “reach their maximum” one to two weeks after the start of treatment. Therefore, there is no need to rush and exceed the dosage specified in the instructions, even if at first it seems that the medicine “does not work”.
The best synthetic products
Soothes, reduces anxiety, normalizes the neuropsychic state when trying to quit smoking or “tie up” with alcohol, during PMS. Improves sleep if problems with falling asleep are caused by unpleasant thoughts. Combined with alcoholic beverages, which allows you not to attract undue attention to yourself at family and friendly holidays. Not to be taken during pregnancy, breastfeeding and under 18 years of age. Due to the fact that the tablets contain lactose as an auxiliary component (filler), they cannot be used by people who are intolerant to this substance. In general, this is an extremely small list of contraindications for a sedative, therefore, for the combination of effectiveness and safety, Afobazole takes its rightful place in our rating.
This composition has been used for many years, and our grandmothers used it. Bromoisovaleric acid ethyl ester, peppermint and oregano oils dissolved in alcohol. Phenobarbital, a well-known sleeping pill, is added at a dosage lower than therapeutic, but sufficient to potentiate the effect of herbal sedatives. When used correctly in doses not exceeding those specified in the instructions (from 15 to 30 drops no more than 3 times a day), the drug is not addictive. However, phenobarbital in its composition enhances the effect of not only plant extracts, but also any sedatives and reduces the effect of tonics. In addition, it reduces the effect of antibiotics and contraceptives. Contraindicated in pregnancy, during feeding, up to 18 years. In general, valoserdin is inexpensive, quite effective, despite its venerable age, and a fairly safe remedy, which, due to the totality of merits, has received a place in our rating.
Tryptophan Calm Formula
Tryptophan Calm Formula
The unique mechanism of action of the amino acid, which gave the drug its name, allows it to fully influence the human body both during the day and at night, helping to normalize the psycho-emotional background and improve the quality of sleep. Fortified with vitamins B5 and B6, L‑tryptophan helps to quickly cope with nervousness, reduces aggressiveness and irritability, and also reduces the adaptation period when changing time zones. For best results, this remedy is recommended to take 1 capsule twice a day for 1 month. If necessary, after a short break, the course can be repeated (after agreement with the doctor).
In their reviews, many users note the good effect of the drug, but there are those who did not feel the expected effect at all. Due to such mixed ratings, we leave Tryptophan Calm Formula in last place in its category of the best sedatives.
The Best Herbal Products
It would seem that this remedy has a place among synthetic drugs due to the presence of guaifenesin in it. Like diphenhydramine, which was developed as an anti-allergic and is now used mainly as a sleeping pill and sedative, guaifenesin was patented in 2012 as an antitussive drug and is now used as an anxiety reliever. However, the substance is of natural origin and is extracted from the bark of the guaiac tree, which allowed Novopassit to take its place in the ranking as the best herbal preparation with an anxiolytic effect. Because its main components are entirely natural: rhizomes and roots of valerian, lemon balm, St. John’s wort, hawthorn, passion flower, hops, elderberry. Of the contraindications — age up to 12 years, allergy to the components of the drug. A relative contraindication is pregnancy.
The composition of this remedy is traditional and simple: an extract of valerian, lemon balm and peppermint. However, this combination appears to be very effective as a sleep aid. But you need to use it during the day with caution, especially if you drive a car: side effects such as lethargy and lethargy are possible, which are typical, however, for any valerian-based product. Nevertheless, in adults, the choice of sedatives that do not affect the reaction is quite large, but the fact that the drug can be used by children from the age of three is a definite plus of this medicine, making it the best in its category.
Motherwort Forte Evalar
Motherwort Forte Evalar
One of the most popular and time-tested natural sedative preparations based on motherwort extract has not only a sedative, but also a tonic effect on the body. One tablet of “Motherwort Forte” from the company Evalar contains a daily dose of magnesium carbonate and vitamin B6, which helps to quickly relieve feelings of emotional stress, removes anxiety and irritability. In addition, the drug helps to gently reduce blood pressure, strengthens the heart muscle and acts as a delicate muscle relaxant. The undoubted “plus” of the remedy is that it is not addictive even with a long period of therapy.
The recommended dosage (if the attending physician has not prescribed another appointment) is 1–2 tablets. per day, taken with meals. Contraindications include pregnancy, peptic ulcer of the stomach and duodenum, as well as erosive gastritis in the acute stage. Sold without a prescription.
The best homeopathic remedies
According to the instructions, the drug has antidepressant, antiasthenic (reduces fatigue) and anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects. Also, according to the manufacturer, the tool strengthens the central nervous system, improves attention and memory and increases the body’s resistance to stress. Approved for use in children from 3 years of age.
Rescue Remedy Spray
Rescue Remedy Spray
The action of the homeopathic remedy produced by the British pharmaceutical company A. Nelson & Co. Limited is based on Bach’s flower homeopathy — a direction of non-traditional therapy that helps the body with nervous strain. In Russia, brand drugs have undergone mandatory registration by the Ministry of Health, so their use is officially allowed.
Due to its non-standard form of release, Rescue Remedy sublingual spray has the fastest action, which is especially important for restoring the emotional background in stressful situations. Available in bottles of 10 and 20 ml. The recommended daily dose is at least 4 sprays per day. The composition includes grape alcohol, so the spray is contraindicated in children under 3 years old. There was no particular effect of small doses of the drug on drivers or workers in other areas requiring increased attention. According to user reviews, Rescue Remedy is an effective first aid that can save our nervous system in times of difficult circumstances.
French lozenges “Homeostres” based on belladonna herb and wrestler clobuche (also known to us as “wolf root”) are a multi-component homeopathic preparation to combat anxiety, irritability and insomnia. The tool has a fairly strong effect on the nervous system, so it has a limited period of admission — no more than one week. The maximum daily allowance is 6 tablets, which are recommended to be slowly absorbed in the oral cavity, 2 pcs. three times a day.
It should be noted that the composition, in addition to active substances, includes lactose and sucrose. Therefore, people with elevated blood sugar levels (diabetics of the 1st and 2nd type), as well as those who have been diagnosed with hypolactasia, should use Homeostres with extreme caution. The drug is prescribed only for adult patients. It is contraindicated in children, pregnant and lactating women.
A sedative for adults with the “speaking” name “Calm down” is available in the form of sublingual tablets that can be consumed without drinking water. This inexpensive home remedy is prescribed for increased excitability of the central nervous system, irritability, insomnia, frequent migraines, as well as neuroses associated with cardiovascular disorders. Not addictive. It should be taken in the morning, a quarter of an hour before breakfast, without chewing or swallowing. Daily dose — 1 tablet for 1–2 months. In stressful situations, it is recommended to take it more often, but not more than 3 times a day.
This drug should not be used to treat children under 18 years of age. It is also contraindicated in pregnant and lactating women. Patients with congenital lactase deficiency — with caution.