List of Narcotic Sleeping Pills

Article at a Glance:  

  • There are prescription and over-the-counter medications available to improve sleep.  
  • Never take sleeping pills with alcohol due to the risk of adverse effects.  
  • Some sleep aids are categorized as controlled substances.  
  • This article provides a list of sleeping aid drugs to discuss with your doctor.  

Sleeping pills like Ambien, Motrin PM, and doxylamine are used to alleviate symptoms -including severe insomnia (inability to fall asleep or stay asleep), nighttime restlessness, and sometime for off-label purposes such as depression or anxiety.

Sleeping aids may be obtained by prescription or over the counter. Some forms are sold both ways, with strength being the factor that determines which way it allowed to be sold.

Following is a list of sleeping aid drugs. CSA indicates whether or not the drug is listed as a controlled substance. If it is, the number following indicates under which schedule it is listed.

No items on this list should be consumed with alcohol as adverse effects may occur.

More information about side effects that can occur when sleeping pills are combined with other drugs can be found online.

Prescription (Rx)
Drug name CSA Alcohol
Ambien 4 X
Ambien CR 4 X
amitriptyline NA X
amobarbital (off-label) 2 X
Ativan 4 X
Belsomra 4 X
butabarbital (off-label) 3 X
chloral hydrate 4 X
clonazepam (off-label) 4 X
Dalmane 4 X
Doral 4 X
doxepin NA X
Edluar 4 X
estazolam 4 X
eszopiclone 4 X
flurazepam 4 X
gabapentin (off-label) NA X
Halcion 4 X
Hetlioz NA X
Intermezzo 4 X
lorazepam 4 X
Lunesta 4 X
mirtazapine (off-label) NA X
trazodone (off-label) NA X
triazolam 4 X
zaleplon 4 X
zolpidem 4 X
Zolpimist 4 X
Over-the-Counter (OTC)
Drug name CSA Alcohol
Advil PM NA X
Aleve PM NA X
aspirin / diphenhydramine NA X
Bayer PM NA X
diphenhydramine / ibuprofen NA X
diphenhydramine / magnesium salicylate NA X
diphenhydramine / naproxen NA X
Doans PM NA X
Ibuprofen PM NA X
Motrin PM NA X
Prescription/Over-the-Counter (RX/OTC)
Drug name CSA Alcohol
Aceta-Gesic NA X
acetaminophen / diphenhydramine NA X
Care One Sleep Aid NA X
Compoz Nighttime Sleep Aid NA X
dimenhydrinateOFF LABEL NA X
diphenhydramine NA X
doxylamine NA X
Equaline Sleep Aid NA X
Equate Sleep Aid NA X
Excedrin PM NA X
Headache Relief PM NA X
Legatrin PM NA X
Mapap PM NA X
Midol PM NA X
Night Time Pain NA X
Nighttime Sleepaid NA X
Nytol NA X
Tranquil Nighttime Sleep Aid NA X
Twilite NA X
Tylenol PM NA X
Tylenol Sore Throat Nighttime NA X
Unisom PM Pain NA X
Unisom SleepGels NA X
Unisom SleepMelts NA X
Unisom SleepTabs NA X
Z-Sleep NA X
ZzzQuil NA X

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