... Can't concentrate, losing my memory, my judgement/decision making skills are long gone & I just can't function like a normal person anymore. -- I have Slp Ap, Fibro, Asthma, RLS & am going thru the change @ age 45. Pain from 5 back surgeries & unbearable muscle cramps in extremities from heart/BP/cholest/blood meds. I think I am loosing my mind from lack of sleep. Someone please tell me there is another way instead of ambien, lunesta, etc. They just make it worse
I'm so sorry to hear you are going thru this! I have tried & used every insomnia med out there & eventually they all stopped working for me. Reluctantly I tried Seroquel (which is an anti-psychotic med & causes sleepiness. My doc gave me samples & they worked! It took me awhile to figure out the right dosage for me but I now take 150mg about 45 minutes before I want to sleep. The nice thing about this med us that you don't build tolerance to it like most insomnia meds & it just became generic this year. I've been on it since 2010. Also, I've found that if u do need to get up in the night, I'm able to be clear headed & function & it decreased my anxiety too. Hope this hellos & I'm wishing you a good night's sleep, Di
I know exactly how you feel. I first went on sleeping pills about 16 years ago for RLS, all that did was make me even more tired while being up with the rls. I went 2 years with no sleep meds thinking I'd eventually get tired enough and just sleep, never happened. Instead I just got sick, depressed, etc... back on the meds I went. I find for me using two different meds, switching every few nights works best, that way I don't build such a tolerance. I take 12.5mg elavil or 1mg Ativan. I do also take 1/2-1 tablet of immovane as well. I still never feel rested. I've recently been accepted to get a prescription for medicinal marijuanna in hope of sleeping better, helping my rls, fibro, chronic pain from herinated discs, migraines, nervous bowel, etc...
I'll do pretty much anything to sleep and just feel better in general without all these meds and the side effects that come along with them. Not sure of you're ever considered this for yourself, or even seeing a naturopathic doctor? Hope you find some relief and get some rest, I know how debilitating it can be. Take care, Kim.
Hi, you would need to check this suggestion against your other medications, by clicking on this link; https://www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.html
But maybe Amitriptyline would be the answer for you. I was prescribed it some years ago when i injured my back, and it helped dull the pain and induce sleep. I have been taking it for quite a long time now, with no side effects or worry about dependency. It was marketed as an anti-depressant, an 'old' medication, which can be used for other reasons, as i've stated. I have always slept very badly, but this has certainly helped.
I am really sorry after reading this. I had this problem off and on and took some medicine 10 years back. Then I realized , the problem is more with stress and my thinking. I have tried many things , share a few important for your consideration.
1. Stop the medicine in next 3 months. You can reduce the dosage by 50%
2.Pray while taking medicine and visualise that you are sleeping like a child.
3.If you cant sleep , get up , walk around and then MEDITATE.
4.Take a Glass of Hot milk before bedtime.Very less sugar pl.
5.Ensure that your legs DO NOT FACE SOUTHSIDE.
6.There is therapy called SHIRODHARA in Ayurved (Ancient Indian Medicine system). Try it or at least Do Head massage with good oil yourself.
7. I am on my Miraculous recovery path after severe Heart attack and believe that Almighty GOD will help you. My prayers for your early recovery. Thanks
Alot of your problems actually can be from lack of sleep. There are a few other things you can do. No tv or computer for 2 hrs before sleep. Always go to bed at the same time. Keep you room absolutely dark. The hardest part is learning to get the worrisome thoughts put aside. It can be done tho. I take melatonin about 2 hrs before bedtime.
I know how you feel! 5 years ago I was hospitalized with a psychiotic episode and major depression. I could not sleep at all. The doctor told me he would give me something to help. He also told me you cannot die from no sleep because eventualy your body will get sleep. He prescribe trazodone 50mg then. I help me finally relax and sleep. Hope this helps!
I've tried most medicines for sleep but this is my combination that works for me Ambien 10 mg to put me to sleep and Trazodone 50 mg to keep me sleep. Works good for me. Get up feeling rested. I know it feels to want to sleep and can not. Also I have two adult children with Fragile X syndrome that takes Trazodone my daughter takes 100 mg and my son who would go days without sleep finally after many years of trying different sleep drugs takes 450 mg each night to sleep. The dosage increased over years and he weighs 205 lbs. so Trazodone works for my family.
I can understand your frustration.Trazodone 100 mg works good for me.Ambien and Lunesta I have not had luck with.If you want something that does not require a prescription,Benadryl.I take 2 tablets(50 mg. of Diphenhydramine HCI),the active ingredient in Benadryl.For use occasionally.Really cheap,about 3 bucks for 100 capsules at Wal-Mart.Or adding Melatonin (5 to 10 mg) a few hours before bedtime.Find it in the Vitamin Aisle.Always check with your Physician and Pharmacist to be on the safe side.Good Luck!
Time to get in to see a doctor right away. Lack of sleep for extended periods can cause psychotic reactions and dangerous physical responses. You are describing much of this already. Please let us know what a physician will do for you. All these meds interacting, no sleep, inability to concentrate sound like you had best take a friend or family member and do not drive. Wishing you wellness and a solution to this difficult, painful and frightening condition.
Like two of the other responses, I take Trazodone at night for fibromyalgia, but it still puts me to sleep after taking it more than 10 years. It's not an addictive medication. I'm now on the top dose of it for my fibromyalgia, but it took a lot of years to build up to it since initially 1/6 of my current dose knocked me out. Some people don't like it, so you will just have to try it. I wish you the best with your problems.
BTW, sleep is probably the cause of your problems with not concentrating, memory loss, etc., but when I went through the change at age 40, I lost my short term memory. Led me to mess up on some crazy things. Glad that that is long over--now 20 years ago. Even after a major stroke, at age 60, my memory is excellent compared to back then. LOL
Search for questions
Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.
Posted 1 Oct 2009 • 8 answers
Posted 20 Aug 2010 • 2 answers
Posted 4 Oct 2011 • 10 answers
Posted 14 Dec 2015 • 2 answers
Posted 31 Mar 2017 • 1 answer