I'm currently in a crushing marital separation after 28 yrs. with my wife. Am in major depression, starting Pristiq after a month of Prozac. I have tried melatonin, Tylenol and Advil PM, Benedryl and have read as many sleep related articles as I can. I took a month of Lunesta and now am taking 10m Ambien and 1m Xanax, but still sleep only 2-4 hrs. a night! Killing me!! I fear getting hooked on these drugs but gotta have some sleep! Any ideas are very appreciated, Thanx
7 Oct 2012
It could be that one or some of the meds could have an adverse reaction in your body, remember everyone has a different body chemistry. I had the same problem, I took Xanax, then Ambien it had a reverse reaction I was wide awake. My psych put me on Klonopin which in my case works longer then the Xanax, I then was switched to Restoril 30mg I will stay asleep for at least 6 hours. I also have a relaxation CD and Yoga, it helps me put my mind OFF the negative bench. Talk to your doctor, everyone is different and sometimes it will take some time to find the right combination that works for you. I hope you will soon recover from this and I wish you all the best, hang in there it will get better every day is a new day.
26 Feb 2011
I was in a deep depression back in the 70's & my doc put me on Elavil, & actually had me hospitalized for a week! I don't remember even being there because all I did was sleep. He told me that's how they (back then) knew it was depression otherwise I wouldn't have been so sleepy. Anyway, years later my Rheumatologist put me on Elavil again for Fibromyalgia to help me get REM sleep which is so important in this disease. Started me on 25 mg. until I got used to it , & then 50mg at bedtime. Slept like a baby! Trazadone is also a good drug to help you sleep. & you can quit it at anytime I believe, without side effects. Good luck to you.
21 Feb 2010
From what I was told you are supposed to use your bed (when alone) for nothing but sleep. Do not watch t.v. in bed, read in bed or talk on the phone Go to bed at the same hour every night and get out of bed at the time. If you can't sleep get up and go to another room to watch t.v. or if you have a chair in your room you can read. With all this said if you are experiencing racing thoughts nothing can help you to feel completely numb to your circumstances. Also medication alone can cause sleepless nights. Is your doctor weaning you off of Prozac and going on Prestiq could in of itself can cause sleepness nights. I was also told to keep the room dark no night lights.
with all the meds you are taking to sleep maybe whats keeping you awake. In any event it would not hurt to get professional help as in counseling and maybe a phychiatrist. If your not maybe if you see one he will be able to get the right recipe to help your symptons. I am so sorry for your situation and and I will pray that the emotional pain that is eating you apart. Good Luck God Bless Hope this helps a little.
5 Jul 2010
dude i hate to bring you down but i have been suffering like you for years.hence i am up now.anyway i have tried everything ,xanax,ambien,restoril,ativan,melatonin,ambien,lunesta,every antidepressant you can think of.every med you can think of.i feel like shit constantly.but i have just been trying to learn to deal with it.but i must say it is killing me,i am constantly having moodswings,dont want to be around anyone,gained about 20 pounds i am a mess.but anyway i hope that you find something that helps you. i would not wish this hell on my worst enemy.it feels like a constant bad dream.but hey what can i do,ive seen dr after doctor but there is nothing that has helped..but i will put you in my prayers and i truelly hope that you find a soulution..and if you do please let me know i still hold out some hope.and sorry if i come off a little crazy,but thats what it does to you when you are worn out all the time..good luck
20 Nov 2012
I was having the same issue, but the doctor told me to take the 20 milligrams of prozac at night instead of the morning. At first I thought that would only make it worse. It helped completely. Maybe you could try a new one. I don't think lexapro ever made me not sleep at night.
5 Jan 2012
I had the same problem after going through a life alterning situation. I stumbled on lorazepam because my "at the time" mother-in-law was taking it for anxiety. I took a couple of her pills and slept like a baby. I had my pdoc put me on it and have been on it for 7yrs now only to find out yesterday from my pain management doc that I should have only been on it for no more then 4 months. That drug has been a wonder drug, no side affects for me at all. Woke up the next morning feeling GREAT. But after reading some of the negatives of long term use I have to agree with my pain doc and taper off. Just hope I will find something that will help sleep after I'm off the Lorazepam. I hate it when I don't get a good nights rest. Also by no means let them put you on Cymbalta, read the horror stories about it. I went cold turkey off of it a 6 weeks ago and still have WD's.
Hope this helps you.
3 Jul 2011
I've always had trouble sleeping. Very few things worked for me but one that did was benedryl. I would take about 200 mgs before bed and I'm sure it helped me sleep. Maybe you can try it again at a higher dose. Now I am taking 200 mgs of seroquil and that really helps even more than the benedryl. Good luck
21 Feb 2010
With all of the regular sleep-aids (e.g., Lunesta, Ambien, etc.), I have found that they tend to work for around a week or so... then they just stop. More importantly, I definitely think that you should consider talking to your doctor (or simply researching some info.) about using Xanax to help you go to sleep. As far as using benzodiazepines for sleep, Xanax is by far one of the the worst choices; it has one of the shortest half-lives of the entire group of BZDs (i.e., 4-6 hours... probably why you are waking-up after 2-4 hours) and have an extremely high potential to leading to dependency, even on dosages as small as 1mg per day (and it is associated with some very serious w/d effects--seizures being the most severe).
If you find that the Xanax works for you, my suggestion of a drug within the same family would be either temazepam (Restoril) or triazolam (Halcion)... diazepam (Valium) may even be worth a try as well, but its half-life is very-long comparatively and thus may cause some morning (lingering) drowsiness. Lastly, if you want to stay-clear of any potentially addictive substances, then the best choices I know of are probably Remeron (already mentioned above) and Trazadone (which I found to be the most effective by far... it is an 'old' anti-depressant that is primarily prescribed for insomnia nowadays... it will knock you out, and if you don't take too much, there is very little chance of any 'hangover-effect' such as the feeling I experienced after taking Ambien, Lunesta, and the 5-7 other sleep-aids I have tried). Furthermore, it never lost its effectiveness over the 3 months that I took it (and I did not have to taper-off of it to discontinue my use... there are no potential w/d effects of discontinuing it abruptly). Lastly, it's super-cheap (like 8 cents a pill).
Oh! I just remembered one more that actually worked pretty well for me at a different time: Seroquel. No morning drowsiness, and no unpleasant side-effects... so you may wish to look into that as well...
Hope this can be of some help, and I wish you the best of luck in resolving this issue!
21 Feb 2010
i went through the same thing when my marriage ended after 20 years, it seemed i had no need for sleep at all, i got so depressed i went tu the er, and asked for help. i went tu mental health and they gave me anti depressant, lorazapam, for anxiety. i believe that the lorazapam helped me tu relax enough tu get a few hours of sleep, i also started working out and walking at least 2 times a day i couldnt even watch tv because something would be on to remind me, as time went by (months) i lost so much weight that i was having tu go for blood test every week tu watch for dehydration even though i drank water like going out of style.give yourself time tu heal and yu might discuss using the anxiety drug also. try not to worry about how much sleep your getting dont fight it if you find youself wide awake so be it. clean house anything work puzzals or try reading a book. and yes a hot bath.
the pain yu feel is very real, yu are not alone. have you tried counseling? at least find someone yu can talk their ear off. it really helps, even if its someone from here.. good luck, i promise it does get better in time...
12 Jul 2011
Hi. I used to experience the same lack of sleep you are & I still have depression. There were numerous times when I stayed awake all through the night & the rare times when I eventually fell asleep I woke every night at 2 A.M. exactly each & every night! It was hell! But that is no longer an issue because I started doing vigorous work during the day which allowed me to become extra tired enough to feel drowsy all through the day after performing the activity & I was able to sleep like a baby into a deep sleep. I also drink lots of plain, pure milk which contains good amounts of the hormone Tryptophan which helps stimulate sleep. Hope this helps, xo
9 Oct 2011
hi lewie62 i saw somewhere when i was reading about your problems that someone mentioned Fiorcet. yes that can work but it also has caffeine in it. i get terrible migraines and tried this and it worked for the headaches some but i couldn't sleep as i have a caffeine sensitivity. So he gave me the same thing without the caffeine and it is called Phrenalin Forte and i think it only comes in one strength but it works great. knocks me out and lets me sleep. Hope this helps out.
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