(Original post by Ciel.)
The stuff he wants to buy is over the counter so it's not harmful or addictive (as long as he buys it from a legit source).
And to be honest, I have to disagree with you. I take prescription anti anxiety/sleeping pills (diazepam) long term and they do work quite well overall. I don't believe that's true - about the REM bit. My sleep is perfectly fine. It is of course true that they can
be addictive, and he should seek alternative solutions first, though.
Yeah that's why I directed OP to a pharmacy where he can get OTC sleeping aids instead of buying it online.
If you re-read my post, I mentioned there are anxiety medications that help with insomnia that a doctor can prescribe for OP's anxiety.
Not all sleeping aids are the same. Diazepam is a benzodiazepine and Nytol is an antihistamine (diphenhydramine). They have different mechanisms of action and different 'strengths' so you can't compare the two.
Benzos are REM sleep suppressants, which is why a very common side effect is memory impairment and confusion
same with sedative antihistamines (for different reasons).
Of course every drug affects everyone differently which is why you may not feel those effects.
Also, benzos are very difficult to get from a doc due to the high risk of getting addicted and the nasty withdrawal symptoms. They should be prescribed at the lowest possible dose for the shortest possible time.
Antihistamines aren't nearly as addictive, but can still cause rebound insomnia (when OP finds they can't sleep without them) and that can make them addictive.
Like I told OP, the doctor knows best. If they don't trust their doctor they should see another one. But they shouldn't think that sleeping pills are the magic cure, and they definitely shouldn't buy any online without the advice of a medical professional.