I currently take ambien to sleep. I have to take 3 or more of them for them to work. My dr just switched me to trazodone, do you think it will work as good. I have horible insomnia and am very worried this med won't work as well as ambien...
Ambien or trazodone - which is best for sleep?
Question posted by angel235 on 10 Aug 2011
Last updated on 17 August 2018 by tsbent
Interesting discussion. It is obvious from comments there is not a one drug fits all for insomnia. I take zolpidem (Ambien) occassionally. I first tried it for overseas travel. It lasts 6 to 6.5 hours for me. When I awake, I am refreshed and ready to go. No hangover. No nightmares or sleepwalking. I have prescribed it for many, but on one condition. Patients must have a trial run at home. They must be accompanied by a responsible person and not consume alcohol or other sedative meds that day. They must set an alarm and awake at a time their airplane will descend to their destination to evaluate whether they are functional. A few have stated it did not induce sleep at 10 mg. None have reported adverse events.
I take zolpidem on occasion as I have had MS for 20 years and flares causing discomfort or periodic limb movement keep me awake. I have never taken more then two in a weeek and never more then every 3 days.
My caveat. Any sleep aid may or may not be beneficial. You never know until you have a trial. No sleep medicine should be taken every night. Only when absolutely needed. Studies have confirmed that antihistamines increase the risk of Alzeiheimers Dementia. Additionally, benzodiazepines and cogeners, ambien, have been shown to increase risk of dementia if taken longer than one month.
Question? Have readers had any experience with Suvorexant, ie. Belsomra. I would love to read of experiences with this Orexin antagonist
Tom Benton MD
Ambien will be more effective.
Many people swear by trazodone but it didn't work for me. One of the possible side effects is severe sinus congestion and that kept me from falling asleep. It's that old game of what's worse, the condition or the side effects from the medicine to treat the condition.
I just found out about trazodone from a family friend who is an e.r. Doctor... he swears by it... i also suffer horrible insomnia and it is my biggest stressor every month because I run out... my doc used to prescribe 45 qty per month which gave me 1-1/2 per night... after a year or so I needed 2 to work... would love to find a doctor that would prescribe me 60 per month but they hesitate to even offer 30... I hate that I depend on this drug:(. Will let you know if trazodone works...
I choose ambien because trazadone makes me groggy and disconnected the next day with terrible head aches. I can hardly even drag myself out of the bed. With ambien I wake up a little too early but I feel good and refreshed.
I have been on Ambien 10 mg for the longest time. Had to stop taking it after 3 days as i built up a tolerance. My pain mtg doctor put me on Nortyptilne total up 75 mgs. Dosent do anything at all. So my family doctor said I can take the Nort and he put me on trazodone 50 mg and now 100mg. As per 50 was not good enough. Well lets see neither is 100. I havent added the nort with it to scared. I also am on 1200 mg of neurotin and 10-500 lortabs. So in part cant you see why i don't want to add three more pills, the Nort is 25 mgs a piece. Here is my question, has anyone been on the meds im on now at bedtime and had no luck, and used the Nortypiline? Im in a lot of pain and want to sleep through the night. PLEASE HELP Thanks
I have been taking Trazodone for 7 months now. I took Ambien once and it knocked me out cold INSTANTLY!! I fell and broke 3 ribs /It was not for me.Trazodone doesn't MAKE me go to sleep until I lay down and get still. Then I go to sleep and sleep well! When I wake up I feel great. I say give it a try. Let us know how it works.
I have taken trazodone for way to many years and am trying very hard to get off this stuff. It will help you fall asleep, if you do so in a window of time it allows before it just won't work anymore, that night. Sometimes you can up the dose and finally fall asleep. I was put on antidepressants along with trazodone for about 15 years, and none of it was working. I decided to research and to my horror found out how many dangerous drug interactions trazodone has with other drugs. I could have ended up with Seratonin Syndrome and actually died from taking antidepressants with trazodone.
I got myself off the antidepressants first and just doing that I feel so much better. Less depressed for sure, but now having a hard time getting of trazodone. They gave me Ambien for sleep and it was worthless for me.
Please , if you are taking trazodone and other medicnes, just go to Drug Interactions and check what you take againt trazodone. It scared me to know that I was never informed of the serious danger I could have been in.
In fact, from now on check everything you take against other drugs before you take them. It could save your life.
I am going to try some natural sleep remedies from the health food store and see if any of them work.
Insomnia is a terrible thing to have. I did have some great luck for about a week, when I was able to get some Xanax. I didn't have any anxiety before falling asleep, and I sleep wonderful and felt great when waking. This with only one pill. But my Doctor will not give it to me, nor any other alike drug. I do not and have never abused any medication, so I don't have a clue.
Just be careful, with what you are prescribed and check it out first.
I was on Trazodone for sleep for 20 years - most of the time at 150mg. It helped a lot. I wanted to get off as many meds as possible, so I weaned off it and spent six months getting only 3 hours sleep a night! Now I use amitryptaline, but use it as it helps with bladder pain too. I'd give trazodone a good try - it helped a lot. Regards -
I take trazodone and it works way better than ambien. I used to take ambien, and it did work but I would feel kinda hung over in the morning. I also had a couple of episodes where i actually feel asleep while I was eating and I didn't remember. the only reason i knew about it was my husband and daughter told me. I agree with HPoole. I would suggest that you take it and go straight to bed, it takes affect in about 15 to 20 minutes and it knocks you out. It's the one thing that helps me get a full night's sleep.
I have been prescribed Ambien once. It made me feel very drowsy. Even when I got up. Four years ago I was prescribed Trazodone 100mg. and it works great now like it did then. Trazodone is an antidepressant but is used also for sleep too. Hope this helps you.
I also suffer from depression and lots of sleepless nights,along with anxiety,i'm currently on seroquel but find it useless,could you let me know how the trazodone works out?? I'm sick of chopping and changing meds but i've tried so many,i'm at my wits end waiting for something to work..
If you could please let me know how it goes for you,
Thanks,hope you get some relief soon
I agree with HPoole with her answer about taking trazadone to help you sleep instead of Ambien., but wanted to add that I have read about some horrible side effects that some people on here are having while being on Ambien like sleep walking, eating while asleep, acting out in rage etc... I don't know if this effects you this way or not, but has convinced me to never try it. I have taken Trazadone & it did work for me. Unfortunately after starting at 50mg., & then moving up to 100mg., my doctor would not increase it anymore than that. It was some of the best sleep I have had in years. I have fibomyalgia, & people who have this do not sleep well at all. I wish you all the best...
i assure you that trazodone will work MUCH better for you! i have severe insomnia, restless legs syndrome (RLS), periodic limb movement (PLM), and a host of other sleep disorders and i take 400mg of trazodone every night. i've tried ambien, sonata, doxepin, seroquel, ambien cr, lunesta, gabapentin, restoril, halcion, flurazepam, etc... all of these EXCEPT trazodone, I developed a fast tolerance to and kept having to switch. if your dr. just started you on trazodone, it may be a low dose, so just be patient as you get up to a good dose that works for you. another thing to be cautious of: trazodone has about a 15min window after you take it. lay down and try to go to sleep in these 15min or so after taking it. don't try to stay up because it then could have the opposite effect and maybe keep you up. take care of yourself!
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