Sleep drugs

Sleep drugs

Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
I'm sure I'm not the only one here on Rx sleep medications. I was prescribed my 6th one today because all of the others have either lost their effectiveness or not really worked to begin with. I've been on Trazadone, Doxepin (both tricyclic antidepressants that work well as sedatives), Ambien, Ambien CR, and Rozerem. My doctor is leery of Lunesta so I haven't tried that. I've also tried every OTC sleep drug and more natural options like melatonin...my brain just can't be turned off! Mind you I take each of these WITH Xanax, I avoid caffeine completely, and I sleep in a dark quiet room with nothing to keep me alert.

So what has worked for the people here? I'm on Restoril as of today and am hoping I can gain some insight from people here as to what has worked for them.
02/13/2012
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js250 js250
They actually knocked me out for days when I took them is I had to quit. This has been many years ago.
02/14/2012
acessorie acessorie
I went through the same list until I finally took the lunesta but it made me very nauseous in the morning so I had to go off it... now I just rearrange my schedule to accommodate my sleeping. Sorry not much help.
02/14/2012
Chirple Chirple
Not a chemical, but a white noise machine really helped me. I have aquariums now, but same idea. It drowns out the annoying little sounds and is peaceful and something to focus into.

I take OTC sleep pills sometimes, if I have to go to bed early, because I can never get myself to go to bed before my body wants to. XD
02/14/2012
GONE! GONE!
I've been taking Ambien and I hate it.
02/14/2012
Illusional Illusional
I need something to help me sleep, but I'm afraid of such things happening
02/14/2012
Eva Schwaltz Eva Schwaltz
I take melatonin only when I need to which is pretty rare.
02/14/2012
eeep eeep
I have had a lot of problems with them in the past too. Sonata works ok for me, I just have to take it at least 2 hrs before I want to go to sleep (instead of the 1 they tell you), and melatonin somewhat works for me too. A lot of the other meds I have tried either knock me out to where I do not wake up until my body is ready to (had a friend try many things to wake me, including slapping me across the face with no luck), or I quickly develop a tolerance to them. I can't remember the name of it, but the only one that worked great I developed a tolerance really quickly and would need to up the dosage every other week (stopped taking that after 2 months).

I've accepted my insomnia at this point, I hate having to take meds to get to sleep. When I do need to I try the Sonata or melatonin.
02/14/2012
Hot'n'Bothered Hot'n'Bothered
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Originally posted by Eva Schwaltz
I take melatonin only when I need to which is pretty rare.
ditto. works well for me.
02/14/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
When I had sleep issues, the only help I got was with Trazadone. What about plain old Benedryl?

If it's a matter of your brain not turning off at night, the best advice I ever got was that thought patterns are habitual. If you're always thinking about the same things when you try to go to bed and they keep you up, try derailing those trains of thought to different things. This worked wonders for me.
02/14/2012
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
I take Ambien CR, have for about two or three years now, and it continues to work well for me. I'm one of the fortunate ones, I know.

Issues sleeping can make you feel down right crazy and ready to do irrational things and can effect your life in so many ways. I have no great suggestions but I will say that I've found taking my Ambien with a warm drink or soup makes it work better and faster.

I wish you the best of luck finding a solution!
02/14/2012
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
When I had sleep issues, the only help I got was with Trazadone. What about plain old Benedryl?

If it's a matter of your brain not turning off at night, the best advice I ever got was that thought patterns are habitual. If you're ...
Trazadone was great for me for about six months - which is a good run for me and a sleep drug. I've tried everything from mediation to white noise to focusing on the color gray, LOL. Apparently I'm just meant to be awake Thanks JR!
02/14/2012
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
Quote:
Originally posted by Carrie Ann
I take Ambien CR, have for about two or three years now, and it continues to work well for me. I'm one of the fortunate ones, I know.

Issues sleeping can make you feel down right crazy and ready to do irrational things and can effect your ...
Thanks Carrie Ann! After talking to a friend at work, I have high hopes for this new drug. It definitely does make you feel crazy and it turns me into a bimbo I end up doing the most nonsensical things when I'm sleep deprived.
02/14/2012
All His All His
my dr put me on the higher dose of lunesta when i had sleep problems and it worked. I definately feel your pain. When i started the lunesta i was on nearly 100mg of trazadone and some xanax and still couldnt turn off my brain
02/14/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
I HATE insomnia! However, I have several parasomnias (sleep problems) including Night Terrors and Sleep Paralysis (where you hallucinate while partly asleep that something is coming to get you) so most modern sleep drugs are off limits for me, as they increase parasomnias.

The only thing that works for me is old fashioned barbiturates, but good luck finding a doctor who will prescribe them or a pharmacy that stocks them. So, I suffer through or try a double dose of Fioracet, which has caffeine in it. But, caffinw doesn't wake me up, so it works. (Fioracet is one of the few drugs easily obtained that contains barbiturates.

It's so frustrating when you can't sleep, I hope you can find something that works.
02/14/2012
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