I have had a hard time with my job and now I am in a crisis. I am lucky to still be working but am having a hard time managing sleep. The depression and anxiety has been much better (Zoloft and Welbutrim) but sleep is not happening. I am getting headaches from Ambien CR and Ambien 12,g. The 25 mg of Trazadone is not much help. The last few nights I have not taken anything. I have the very light napping sleep. I am off work for a couple of weeks so I thought I would try to ween off but once I go back to work I have to sleep. Any suggestions would be helpful. I see the doctor in July.
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- 15 Jun 2012 by outsidesue
- 10 Jul 2012
- zoloft, depression, anxiety, insomnia, sleep disorders, generalized anxiety disorder, sleep
Added 15 Jun 2012:
Thanks for your suggestions. I have tried most of them but will give the valium root mel a chance. My doctor is reluctant to prescribe anything habbit forming- not sure what that means as I don't have an addictive personality. I just want to sleep well and face my next day.
Hi there InnerSpirit here, Listen I have had problems with sleep and my pain doctor recommended lorezepam .5mg which is a small dose. I take it 3-5 times a week at night right before I go to bed and it works for me. The reason I don't take it every night is because it can be addictive and you must ne careful with it. Just a recommendation and I hope things go well with your work. InnerSpirit
I agree with all the other posters. But I wanted to add... no caffeine after 6 pm, a long, slow walk in the afternoon, and a glass of warm milk at bedtime.
If that doesn't work, might want to try 0.5 mgs of Halcion at bedtime. That med has been around forever.
Peace and sweet dreams,
Hello outsidesue. I suggest you drop the Ambien and increase the Trazodone. You will then not be having anymore headaches. Trazodone is first and formost an antidepressant that happens to be prescribed off label for helping sleep. (due to its a direct side effect of taking Trazodone that makes a rson tired, sleepy, lathargic) Its know as a non addictive as far as a drug family goes. I am glad that your anxiety and depression is holding off. Regards pledge
I hardly take my recommended dose of klonopin which is 0.5 3x per day but latley I've had anxiety and sleep issues so when I take one during the day and two at night I'm good to go. I've been on it for a few years and haven't got addicted but that's ME. I know you're not supposed to be on it long term but it is what it is. Good luck to you!
I always oppose "weening" when it's not a directive from the prescribing physician. I find as long as I continue to rest my body despite my mind spinning still helps. Many folks who can't sleep stay physically active which is a mistake. Ambien is designed to help you fall asleep, not stay there. I find it also gives me a headache and weird taste as well. I also read a lot when I can't sleep. Hope this helps.
I haven't read all the posts so not sure what's been suggested already. I take immovane and it works great, only takes about 20 minutes to kick in. It's short acting so doesn't make me groggy in the morning, most nights I only need to take half a tablet. Ativan and elavil are also good, elavil tends to make me feel tired the next day for about the first week or so until I adjust to it. Kim.
I've had sleeping issues as well from dealing with chronic pain & anxiety. About every few months we have to switch sleeping pills ( My Dr explained after 2-3 months on most of them) your brain builds a tolerance or something and they don't work as well anymore so you have to switch. I've been on Ambien 10 mg @ bedtime for a while now and it is by far the best as far as keeping me asleep and not waking up during the night and staying awake for hours at a time. It's supposed to keep you asleep roughly 8 hours. The others typically work for 6 hours I was told. I've tried many mentioned in other posts, but this works best for me . Sometimes it is a bit hard to get up out of bed in the morning, but possibly adjusting the time I take it may help too . If I wake up with anxiety and can't sleep I've taken Xanax in the past .
With Ambien I don't have to do that as much during the night. I wonder if there are other forms of Ambien you could take as you mentioned you tried Ambien 12g and Ambien CR. I'm not sure what the difference is in that, mine is Just Ambien 10 mg. Hope this helps.
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