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I've suffered from night terrors for years and they are usually induced by times of stress. I have abnormal stress responses anyway, so I think the nightmares are an extension of that. I've been given a few different medications over the years to help me have a dreamless sleep, with differing success. Therapy is by far the best method of combating the mechanisms which induce nightmares.
If you're really in a bind though, high doses of Diazepam and even small doses of Amitriptyline have helped me.