Has had very bad reactions to milatonin and tryptophane
What happened with melatonin, I'm curious because I've never heard of anyone having a reaction to it. The dr might order something, or benadryl helps some people sleep. Taking something for pain sometimes helps because its that aching that we hardly notice that can keep us awake. Having a regular bedtime and being sure the room is totally dark helps too.
It wasnt the melatonin itself, it was likely a reaction to an inactive ingredient in the tablet because our bodies produces melatonin on its own. Melatonin is what helps out bodies form the circadian rhythm cycle and is produced in the pineal gland. So since your body produces it naturally you are not allergic to it. You may, however, be allergic to something in the pill tablet like a binder ingredient. You might try different kinds of tablets (depending on how bad a reaction you had) Look for smaller pills that have less inactive ingredients.
Benedryl works well for most people. Drugs like Tylenol PM are a mix of Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Benedryl (diphenhydramine) and it is often a lot cheaper to buy just store brand diphenhydramine in the allergy meds as they are 3-4 times cheaper than buying the same thing labeled "for sleep" and you may or may not want the Tylenol anyway. If you do, you can always take one separately.
Valarian root can work well if you want something herbal and non habitforming. Valarian stinks really bad though-be fore warned! lol It smells like dirty gym socks or something, but it does work!
Otherwise, talk to your physician and see what he/she suggests. There are a lot of medications by prescription that can help you sleep-some are habit forming and some are not so it is best to try ones that are not habit forming first because insomnia and hypnotics (sleeping pills) can lead to a vicious cycle!
I take Ambien 10mg and Lyrica 75mg at bedtime. The Ambien helps put me to sleep but isn't long acting. Wake up like clock work every night about 4am. Lunesta worked best for me but insurance won't pay for it anymore. I have fibro and severe osteoarthritis. My joint pain wakes me and then I have to take a pain pill. I drift back to sleep for a couple more hours but not always. Depends on how much pain I'm having. Hate taking these pills but it's the only thing that works for me and I've tried many.
I have Fibromyalgia and have had sleeping issues. Since I don't like to take prescribed medications unless necessary I have tried all over the counter sleep aids and have found that ZQUILL (Same company as NIQUILL) has helped tremendously. It does not have the after effect that some sleep aids do.
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