I have chronic insomnia bu recently it got really bad cant sleep at all. I was put on 50mg trazodone and .5 clonozepam but it worked only first night and now i am going crazy trying other sleeping pills but nothing works so i want to go back to take clonozepam. My questions is, would it be better to take them together or maybe try to take just clonozepam? Whats your experience with it? Do you take it right before you go to bed and whats your dosage?
I do great with just the trazodone. I take 300mg just before bedtime. Your on a low dose of trazodone. Maybe you need to ask your doctor to increase it. I used to take both meds together at bedtime and slept just lovely. Its just I had a hard time getting up in the morning. Now I just take the trazodone for insomnia. Pepper
OLs76; Sorry your having so much trouble Just as Pepper said you can take both at the same time and you might have to try it a few different ways like 1/2 hour before bedtime or right at bedtime. It might be a good Idea to give your doctor a call about increasing the Trazodone 50mg is a good starting dose and then they normally increase it because it does not continue to work I have been taking the Klonopin and 150mg at bedtime for years without much problems Don't be surprised if it works great but out of the blue some nights it does not work then another night its fine. This is kind of common.BUT DON'T DO ANY INCREASE WITHOUT THE DOCTOR giving you the okay.Good luck we have all been in your shoes too stay positive and keep working on it. This is a great start.Ask the doctor about taking more Trazodone then you may not need the Klonopin and be able to save it for the day time if you need it for anxiety do not increase any medications without your doctors ok good night sleep tight Chuck1957
Sorry; I kept typing Klonopin it is the same as the Clonazepam don't want to confuse you and always give the medication a good trial before changing with the doctors okay. and remember no alcohol close to the time you take these medications.And if all else fails after you have given it a good try please don't worry it only makes our problems worse So remember there is lots of medications And it its practice and error there is no way yet to try a test to see what well work for us.And we are all different so keep the chin up if it gets to much see the doctor again. Feel free to come back anytime I think we have the best bunch of people here that have gone through just about everything and it really helps to understand others experience We have to take care of each other. Chuck1957
Ols76; Think I would stay with the Clonazepam for now if anything see if the doctor well increase the Trazodone 50mg a lot of doctors don't really like to give out Temazepam which is in the same family as Clonazepam except you can use the Clonazepam for sleep or anxiety during the day if that is what the doctor wants you to do. See what the doctor says when you talk to him there are a lot of other medications that you can try which is the hard thing is having to go through the trial and error part to find the right medication Because we are all different on how we handle the medications what works for one may do nothing for someone else. Chuck1957
Hello, and I certainly understand what you are going through. I am here to tell you that trazodone really helps me. I take 100 mgs, and also 4 mg tizanidine which is a muscle relaxer. Without those I would never sleep. With Trazadone you can adjust it , I am sure your Dr. will explain that.
I have SEVERE chronic neck and head and shoulder pain. I will not have surgery. I know too many people that are worse off after it.
All the best to you.
I have been on Trazodone for Insomnia for 6 years. In the beginning I was started on an introduction dose of 50mg. Eventually my Dr. increased it. I found each increase worked for a time and then the Dr would do another increase. Finally, I am at 300mg. along with 30mg. of Temazepam. I have not needed an increase for the last 3yrs. At one point I was on as much as 600mg. at night. I don't personally know anyone who takes that high of a dose, but it points to the possible flexibility of this drug under strict Dr. recommendation.
Clonazepam is a slow acting drug, so it tends to work well to keep people calm longer tha n it's short acting counterparts but it is easy to build up a tolerance to it, whereas trazodone is harder to build a resistance to.
Personal experience is that trazodone is much more effective for sleep.
50mg trazodone will knock me out faster and for longer than 10mg or more of clonazepam will, which is why my Dr has switched me to trazodone alone. It's so much better, although I have to take it 1-1.5hrs before bed.
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