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Old 03-12-18, 03:24 PM
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Which sleep medication works for you?

I’m quitting Seroquel and in need of medication that I can use to ease thoughts and induce sleep. Anybody who has had great succes with treating sleep issues with a medication other than Seroquel?
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Re: Which sleep medication works for you?

Temazepam, or Restoril is the name brand. Seroquel is more effective but increases blood sugar and can cause weight gain, so as a diabetic I can't take it
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Re: Which sleep medication works for you?

I took Trazadone for a few months. It worked very well, low dose. I decided to
see if I could sleep without it, and most nights I can.

My granddaughter who has autism takes a larger dose of Trazadone every
single night and has for at least 3 years. Wish it had been suggested sooner.
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Re: Which sleep medication works for you?

Trazodone is a good place to start, and mirtazapine (Remeron) can also work wonders.

I’d recommend starting there before using Z-drugs or benzos like temazepam (Restoril).


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Re: Which sleep medication works for you?

Thanx a lot for the advice. This is definitely medications that I’ll
mention to the doctor. So far I’m considering Trazadone, Zopiclone, Temazepam
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Re: Which sleep medication works for you?

I use clonidine at night alongside dex during the day, works great doesnt have any high effect just makes me crash not long after taking it if im in bed. Take 2 every night and never needed to take more, never experienced withdrawals when i forget to pickup my script other than having trouble sleeping, but thats been normal for me for as long i can remember. The only time ive found it didnt work well is after a 3-4 day break on dex the first night or 2 its not so easy to sleep.

Dex kills almost all of my anxiety, but days where it pops up and im at uni I can still take alongside dex without it killing my focus and knocks the edge off any public speaking anxiety or jittery feelings after having too strong of a coffee. It lowers your blood pressure/hypertension, is also used to treat adhd, manage tics if you get them, and if you ever have to go through an opiate/alcohol/benzo witdrawal its one of the best things you can take.

Cant say it'll be the same for you as it doesnt have a sedating effect on everyone, but its been a savior for me although I am considering changing to melatonin as clonidine is an Anticholinergic and feel long term use might be responsible for some of my working memory issues that seem to have gotten worse.

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Re: Which sleep medication works for you?

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Thanx a lot for the advice. This is definitely medications that I’ll
mention to the doctor. So far I’m considering Trazadone, Zopiclone, Temazepam
or Abilify.
abilify is unlikely to work for you for sleep. zyprexa is much better, but usually causes some weight gain.
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Re: Which sleep medication works for you?

I take abilify and it doesnt make me sleepy. I take it in the morning. I used to take sonata- a short acting medication that helps you get to sleep or if you wake up and cant get back to sleep but its in the sedative/hypno category so it affected my memory. I made the mistake of taking it long term and I do not recommend it.
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Re: Which sleep medication works for you?

I take Ambien to fall asleep and Klonopin to stay asleep. As well as Zanaflex for fibromyalgia.

Trazodone made me feel hungover the next day. It was horrible.
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I take Ambien to fall asleep and Klonopin to stay asleep. As well as Zanaflex for fibromyalgia.

Trazodone made me feel hungover the next day. It was horrible.
I have been amazed recently to hear that some people are able to find doctors
who believe fibromyalgia is a real thing. I need to go doctor shopping because
my PCP doesn't.

I need one that can help figure out whether the peripheral neuropathy is
related to the fibromyalgia or not, and what can be done. Today has been a
nightmare of feeling like something is biting my legs and feet.
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Re: Which sleep medication works for you?

I went from my PCP to my Pain Management Doctor for my back to him referring me to a rheumatologist. He checked for the notable swelling in the joints for lupus and checked for arthritis. Fibro was the only thing left.

Don't know where you live but maybe see if you can get referred to a pain management doctor and go from there.

I mange on hot power yoga, running (which one back doctor said I would never do again) and the Zanaflex to give my muscles some relax time. I'm too depressed right now to do the first to so the pain is back but I'll get back to it soon enough. I hope.
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I went from my PCP to my Pain Management Doctor for my back to him referring me to a rheumatologist. He checked for the notable swelling in the joints for lupus and checked for arthritis. Fibro was the only thing left.

Don't know where you live but maybe see if you can get referred to a pain management doctor and go from there.

I mange on hot power yoga, running (which one back doctor said I would never do again) and the Zanaflex to give my muscles some relax time. I'm too depressed right now to do the first to so the pain is back but I'll get back to it soon enough. I hope.
Awesome info. Thank you.

I'll be seeing a pain management specialist next week for help with the
degenerative disk disease.

I'd already thought to bring up the painful nerves and ask if they're related
to the disk disease, or if they might be part of the fibromyalgia.

This gives me hope that the visit (and co-pay) won't be wasted even if the
epidural steroid doesn't give pain relief for my back.
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Re: Which sleep medication works for you?

A big whack to my noggin with a massive sledgehammer ought to do it!

Ambien worked for me...only it made me sleep walk and have very vivid dreams.
I also had some luck with over the counter melatonin there for awhile as well.

Recently (a few months) I was put on oxygen...and that has helped with my sleep as well. I still have a heck of a time falling asleep...but with the oxygen I don't get nearly as many nightmares, don't usually have to get up as many times through the night (to use the bathroom), don't toss and turn as much and don't snore or talk or scream out in my sleep anymore.
So though it's not a med...it is something that's helping alot.

Now if only I could fall asleep easier!
Anyone got a massive sledgehammer? lol
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Re: Which sleep medication works for you?

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I have degenerated bulging disk L4-L5 with pinched nerve/nerve damage. That's how I ended up at the pain doctor in the first place. Those evil evil steroid shots. They gave me very minor improvement. But at earning 4k for 15 minutes of work the doctor was MORE than happy to keep giving them to me. Also tried a nerve block. I told him never again.

I also went through 6-9 months of physical therapy. Which did help a bit.

I don't know your situation but the yoga upping my core strength and my 40 lb weight loss insanely improved my back. Still gets to me now and then but that core strength helps keep things from moving around. F*** both doctor that said I'd never run again.

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I have degenerated bulging disk L4-L5 with pinched nerve/nerve damage. That's how I ended up at the pain doctor in the first place. Those evil evil steroid shots. They gave me very minor improvement. But at earning 4k for 15 minutes of work the doctor was MORE than happy to keep giving them to me. Also tried a nerve block. I told him never again.

I also went through 6-9 months of physical therapy. Which did help a bit.

I don't know your situation but the yoga upping my core strength and my 40 lb weight loss insanely improved my back. Still gets to me now and then but that core strength helps keep things from moving around. F*** both doctor that said I'd never run again.

I do what I want.
I did 6 months of PT (3 paid for by medicare, 3 out of pocket) hoping to see
some improvement. Other than gaining some flexibility, they didn't help.

I've also seen the chiropractor and accupuncturist which didn't help.

Everyone talks about weight making it worse, but I was not overweight when
I injured my back at age 25 and first saw the doctor to get a diagnosis of
arthritis and no treatment suggestions.

I'm hoping the injection will help enough that I can try doing some Pilates,
my niece owns a studio so we could help each other. She had bad pain after
a car crash a dozen years ago and says the only thing that helped was Pilates.
Hard to say whether it would have provided any lasting benefit if she stopped.
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