I have chronic pain and have trouble sleeping it takes a little while to fall asleep but i wake up 5-6 times a night and toss and turn and have a very hard time getting back to bed the slightest noise seems to wake me up and i even wear earplugs. Im wondering whats the best sleeping pill for longer term use with little to no side effects/rebound insomnia. I currently take Zopiclone but i know its only a shortterm pill. Any suggestions would be great.
Hi, i would talk to your dr about trying amitriptyline. They are primarily an antidepressant when used at higher doses, but i was prescribed them for relief of pain and insomnia. They can be used safely long term. I've been taking them for 2 and a half years now. They take a little time to get in to your system, say a week or 2, but they are the best thing i've tried. And i've tried a lot of things! I take 50mg an hour before bed
I also take amitriptyline 50mg at night-time for sleep. I agree 100% with the other response. I have chronic pain and also have insomnia. I took Ambien for years and have had serious memory issues as a side-effect. I've since switched to Amitriptyline and it totally helps with sleep. It's not like a normal sleeping pill though (because technically it's not a sleeping pill), you need to take it a couple of hours before bedtime and then it just slowly creeps on you, and before you know it you feel "naturally" sleepy. The side effects that I've had have been minimal and include: sweating, dry mouth, dizziness. I didn't get the dizziness at lower doses, I just started getting dizzy when we upped the mg to 50 from 25.
Well, everyone has it covered! Both amitriptyline and trazadone are great for sleep. The only other thing I may suggest is plain old Benedryl. It is the active ingredient for sleep in Tylenol PM and those types of drugs. If you take other drugs for pain relief and dont need the extra tylenol, you can take a Benedryl at bedtime.
Ive used Ambien for a good while. Recently my doctor didnt want to prescribe it anymore and had me try trazadone. I started hearing my name called out and other voicesthat i knew weren't real. The doctor said to stop. I have an appointment in a couple of weeks and i really want something i can use longer term, but one that doesn't make me crazy.
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