... ten years and just cant get a handle on this. I was on Loraezpam and went off for I kept running into a road block with new doctors not wanting to give the medications out, and wanting me to start over from scratch. I cant tell you how many dumb down meds I have tried that make you feel like a zombie. I have gone as far as trying herbs, teas and I have done therapy. Going back to meds and just need to know if anything else is out there other than the narcotic that worked so well so I don't go down the road blocks again. I take a depression med as well, so they will have to work well with each other. unfortunately my doctor isn't the greatest with the new meds so I have to go to him with what I am looking for. I could really use some help three hours is my max a night if Im lucky. need some sleep and soon.
I'm 43 and have been diagnosed in the past with insomnia, severe anxiety, severe recurrent depression - treatment resistant, even PTSD and a hint of OCD. I did have a lot of anger problems, but thought this was just due to environmental issues, not biological. We added a mood stabilizer to my one antidepressant that ever worked at all, and the mood stabilizer evened out my anger swings and brought a lot of good changes to my life. I still, however, dealt with unresolved insomnia, anxiety, worry worry worry, restlessness. My doctor suggested that I consider accepting a diagnoses of Bipolar II, so I went back to years ago and what I considered to be my 'triggering event,' the death of my Dad. I tracked through my emails and wrote down any record of spending online, as well as more unsafe/unsavory behavior, and I could see a wave begin to form on the chart.
I brought this 'evidence' to my Doctor, and we are starting - this week - a combination drug of Prozac + Olanzipine. I haven't experienced it yet, though from everything I've read, this has been a real turning point for people to get to sleep and manage the out-of-control anxiety.
For right at two years I've been on compazine for severe persistent nausea and vomiting 5-10 mg per day, Vistaril for anxiety, non habbit forming and lil to no side effects, 100 mg per day, Tegretol off and on with this one, 150 mg per day, mood stabilizer and helps with my bi-polar, some mania/ mood stabilizer, and the 4 th med has been changed quite a bit to assist in sleep and anxiousness / sinequan, risperidone, cymbalta and a cpl others which did not work! Me personally now Seroquel is working well with help for sleep and anxiety, however just been taken off Tegretol and will be taking Elavil!
Way back when, I was experiencing burnout. What with work, and trying to run a home with three children. I worried all the time, and couldn't sleep, and was usually in a bad mood. My doctor then started me on an antidepressant and ambien. They both worked very well. (I don't remember the original antidepressant.)
As time went on, I got the bright idea that I didn't need the antidepressant anymore, and stopped taking it. I went through a week of severe withdrawal, but came out of it ok. But it didn't last and soon I was depressed again.
I asked my doctor if I would have to take these antidepressants for the rest of my life. She said it was possible. Some people have a tendency to clinical depression, and need these meds to keep themselves on an even keel. I am one of those people. Over the years, the med has been changed several times. After many health problems due to my heart, I am now on Sertraline and a whole host of blood pressure meds. Ambien does not work for me anymore, nor do any of the other prescription meds for sleep. But I've found if I take two Benedryl when I'm ready to sleep, it really makes me sleepy and works! Just plain ole Benedryl, not a combination cold/flu medication, only Benedryl.
This was ok'd by my heart doctor. So that's what I use. Take it on an empty stomach.
And don't give up on your antidepressants. There are many out there, and they have to build up in your system before they kick in, so give it some time.
I just got out of de-tox for alcohol (vodka) 10 days in. they were giving me trazadone to sleep. Also Phenobarab to stop seizures, and also serax and seraquil. just try the traz though. i am also on 40 mils of Gabapentin, helps to stop the shaking. as well as Cloroquine, my daily meds always looked like a party pack 4 times a day. but they are psych nurses and doctors. as well as counselors. I found out how to sleep by using the 4 7 8 method. Breathe in for 4 seconds hold for 7 then breathe out for 8. 3-4 times lowers your heart rate. This will knock you out.Better than meds.
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