Here are a few things to think about as you determine whether an OTC (over-the-counter) sleep-aid is right for you, and when it may be best to consult a doctor:
OTHER MEDICINES: THE FINE PRINT
Before you take an OTC medicine to help you sleep, consult the packaging of both the sleep-aid and all other OTC medicines or prescription medicines that you are taking or have recently taken. This will help you to rule out possible contraindications. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions that cannot be answered by the packaging info.