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Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Silenor (doxepin) for Insomnia: Silenor was a nightmare for me. I stuck with it for about 3 weeks and thought I was going out of my mind. I did not sleep at all for the first 4 days and then the hallucinations began. If I did sleep it was in for about 30 minutes at a time and then the terrible nightmares kept me awake for the rest of the night.
Silenor (doxepin) for Insomnia: I have been taking Silenor every night for 5 months and love it. It doesn't knock me out or make me loopy like Ambien. Silenor just makes me a bit drowsy, but more importantly is that when I wake up in the middle of the night I fall right back to sleep - which is a lifesaver for me. Since it's non-addictive, this is great for just normal calm times in my life, which is 95% of the time. But when I'm stressing out over something and all panicky, then Silenor does practically nothing for me. I have to take Ambien or Ativan during that 1-2 week period I'm stressing.
19 users found this comment helpful.
Silenor (doxepin) for Insomnia: This medicine worked beautifully for me; I have no complaints. But when my insurance changed and I couldn't take it any longer, I had to try and go without it. I didn't realize that it had been the source of my weight gain and why I couldn't lose the weight no matter what I tried. After stopping taking it I dropped 10 lbs almost immediately WHILE I WAS ON SPRING BREAK and eating way more than usual and not working out 4 times a week as usual. I'm glad I took it and that it helped me, but I just wanted to share this experience so that others won't mistakenly think that age was causing them to gain weight and not lose it no matter what they tried.
61 users found this comment helpful.
Silenor (doxepin) for Insomnia: This medicine was just like taking Benadryl, only more expensive. An hour to two hours after taking Silenor, I still couldn't fall asleep...not even the slightest bit tired. Once I had fallen asleep, I would wake up 2-4 hours later and be wide awake for the rest of the night.
35 users found this comment helpful.
Silenor (doxepin) for Insomnia: I too have tried Ambien and since I heard many of my friends become slightly addicted to it, my doctor switched me to Silenor. It definitely works! And it doesn't give me that weird feeling like Ambien did at times. Couple of my other friends also say it worked for them. Copay was just as much as Ambien on my insurance.
26 users found this comment helpful.
Silenor (doxepin) for Insomnia: This medication has been working well for me so far and I've tried them all. Glad it comes in 2 doses. I figure I can get good results with 3mg why bump up to 6mg. Side effects are nothing compared to others I have tried. I hope I don't get used to it but my doctor said it's not addicting.
26 users found this comment helpful.
Silenor (doxepin) for Insomnia: I had been on several medicines like Ambien and Lunesta. All of a sudden I needed a pill to sleep! Not only that but I was a walking zombie the next day. Mood swings were bad. My family became concerened. I switched to Silenor, not as potent but it did the trick.
23 users found this comment helpful.
Silenor (doxepin): I have trouble falling asleep, and staying asleep. I have tried lunesta in the past and it didn't work. It put a terrible taste in my mouth for days. I have been on silenor for 3 nights now, and it isn't working for me. I took 6 mg at 9 pm, and was still awake at 3 am this morning, hadn't slept at all. It has been this way for all 3 nights. I have again developed a terrible taste in my mouth, so bad that I am going off this pill.
Silenor (doxepin) for Insomnia: I have been using Ambien for several years and I seem to have built a tolerance so that I am no longer falling asleep nor staying asleep. (Note: I have used both Ambien and Ambien CR). I was on a "local" trip and had forgotten my Ambien, so I asked my Dr if she had samples of anything that would help me sleep. She gave me Silenor samples. While I was extremely happy with the sleep, I did wake up "hungover" and had a hard time getting moving. I also experienced very real hallucinations. Don't know if they will lessen with use, but I am going to ask for a months supply to see if it works out after an adjustment period.
19 users found this comment helpful.
Silenor (doxepin) for Insomnia: This medicine did not work as well for me as Lunesta or Ambien, but I like that it is not addicting. It is definitely better than nothing. I did feel mildly hungover the next day.
13 users found this comment helpful.
Silenor (doxepin) for Insomnia: No matter what medication I take I only sleep between 4 - 6 hours before waking. After trying Silenor, I tossed and turned all night, waking up every few hours and felt a bit nauseous in the morning. I was so hopeful by all the good reviews on here, I figured I'd give it a shot.
10 users found this comment helpful.
Silenor (doxepin) for Insomnia: I was given samples of Silenor, and I've been taking it for about two weeks. My problem is not only that I can't sleep for more than 2 hours straight, but it also takes around 3 hours to fall asleep. Anyway, I noticed that I was getting a lot of terrible nightmares right away with the Silenor. As someone who hardly ever even remembers her dreams, the nightmares were quite obviously related to the medicine. Also, the Silenor didn't help me fall asleep/stay asleep at all. My doctor switched me to Ambien, and I'm trying that for the first time tonight. Most of you had a bad experience with Ambien and are loving the Silenor, so I'm not sure how this will work out.
12 users found this comment helpful.
Silenor (doxepin) for Insomnia: OUTSTANDING. It sustains sleep!! But the COST of this medicine is, well, stunning. But I still think this is a near-miraculous medicine. I am menopausal and had a "pattern" of waking at 3:30AM. Horrible. By taking Silenor -- and ONLY Silenor -- I am guaranteed sustained and uninterrupted sleep. THE DOWNSIDE. The cost.
I cannot afford Silenor at this time... And it makes me very, very sad.
18 users found this comment helpful.
Silenor (doxepin) for Insomnia: I don't know how all these people are saying this is amazing. 6 mg...wide awake. Brain never shut up all night, crazy dreams when I did sleep which was maybe a couple of hours.
25 users found this comment helpful.
Silenor (doxepin) for Insomnia: I use Silenor only 2 times a week, I alternate it with Ambien. Silenor allows me to sleep the full 7-8 hours but leaves me useless the next day. So I take it when I don't have to work the next day. But ohhh I love the sleep I get with Silenor! Ambien allows me to fall asleep and sporadically allows me to stay asleep.
15 users found this comment helpful.
Silenor (doxepin) for Insomnia: I have been taking Silenor 3mg for over 6 months now. I have had zero nights when I have had to get up because of failing to return to sleep. Most nights I get 7 to 8 hours of sleep. The only thing different is having vivid dreams most of the time. Not sure if that means more deep or rem sleep is taking place. Silenor does not put you to sleep but it will let you stay asleep. I highly recommend it for sleep maintenance.
30 users found this comment helpful.
Silenor (doxepin) for Insomnia: My sister had a stroke 5 yrs ago and has not been able to sleep since. I read about Silenor on the internet and got her doctor to prescribe it. She has now had her first good nights sleep in almost the last 5 yrs.
17 users found this comment helpful.
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