Hi, my name is "manicbaby123", I'm 38 yrs. old, & brand new to this whole posting questions thing. :) lol so please be patient with me. I have suffered from night terrors, nightmares and vivid dreaming almost all my life. Trazodone used to help with them, by putting me in a deep sleep and I wouldn't dream or if I did I wouldn't remember, but it no longer works,now it actually makes the terrors worse. I'm very curious if anyone has found a medication that helps them sleep and stops the nightmares and or night terrors. I'd love to hear some good news :) thank you from texas :0
Has anyone found a med that works for night terrors?
Question posted by manicbaby123 on 22 Sep 2010
Last updated on 27 November 2022 (1 week ago) by missingsaints
I'm am so internet stupid it's taken me over an hour to create an account just to answer your question. I have suffered from night terrors most of my life. I've tried meds to help me sleep and... how long does that last?? There terrible. So listen to this... it took me until I was 50 years old to find a doc that understood what was happening. It also helped that she put me through ADD testing and I was found to need Methylphenidate. You know that med for kids..or so most doctors want to insist ADD stops when you turn 18. I have multiple college degrees, but couldn't put my life in order. My night terrors came with the sweats and waking up to hear myself screaming. After starting Ritalin my dreams went away. So did my depression. A few months ago I stopped taking this med for about a year. All the night terrors came back, but this time I got details of the reasons I had night terrors.
Detailed dreams of my abusive mother, husbands and world came to light. It just about drove me crazy to know about all the things I covered up in my life. Things I made myself forget. So I started the ADD meds again and the terrors stopped again. I think that when you suffer with ADD your mind can't put your world in order. You can't get organized or finish anything. I think that if you fix that, you can sleep feeling more fulfill about yourself. You don't feel so useless and your mind is happier and allows itself to sleep peacefully. Perhaps you can stop worrying about all the things you need to do but just can't concentrate. I hope I explained that well. Doctors will insist that it won't work. So remember if you take this medication like they tell children to take it... once a day and weekend vacations... you won't get addicted. I didn't. It really changed my world. Now that I remember all the reasons for my night terrors I write them down and then I forget about them... it works for me. Sending you best wishes...
Once i hit 4mg clonazepam at night i no longer have night terrors with bodily injury.
I think Saphris. It's helping me so far 90% of the time.
i have had this problem most of my life as well, the worst being in late teens and early 20's. never took anything for it, but found that if i could talk myself into waking up, then getting up (takes a lot of talking to yourself) and turning on the radio or something that will bring you back to reality would help me eventually. if your living with someone, and they don't mind, wake them and have them talk to you, that can help to return to what is real as well. and, yes it is best not to watch (t.v./movies) or read anything that is disturbing to you. life is a war and each day (or night) is a battle.
Hi there and welcome! Unfortunately xanax is a short acting benzo. I would try valium which lasts much longer. Also, have you ever tried cognitive therapy? Sometimes repressed memories can be the cause of latent nightscares. Maybe a little therapy along with a change in meds may help you. It's worth a shot anyway. Many different meds may also cause vivid dreams. I think it's cognitive therapy... not sure of the name. But some type of counseling may help. The thing is, something is causing you to have these nightmares. They are unusual and you need to get to the bottom of it. Meds will cover up the underlying cause, but it is the cause you need to figure out. Of course this is only my opinion. I wish you well and be sure to keep us posted and add many friends. The more you participate, the more we all learn. (sorry about the gonzaga comment :-))
My best wishes,
the dr put me on xanax for my anxiety and fear of falling asleep because i was scared of what would happen. i was having sleep paralysis. i would wake up and something would be holding me down and trying to hurt me. it was all hallucinations. the xanax relaxed me enough to sleep. i also dont sleep on my back anymore because thats the only time it happens. hope this helps! xoxo
Howdy fellow texan im from austin texas. Welcome this site has helped me a bunch and there are alot of good people here so you came to the right place i hope we can help. I have myself tried trazodone for some years but it was only to help me sleep have you tried a benzodiazipine aka xanax,valium, or ativan? Trazadone is not a sedative really it does help sleep however now all benzodiazapines are sedatives and maybe that is what you need. Have you tried even a heavier sleeping aid like ambian or lunesta? there are alot of options to help you sleep tell your doctor to open up his mind try something new some doctors are set in their ways and medications have used the same thing on ever patient for the same symptoms for years. The younger doctors seem to be more open to prescibing some of the newer medications.
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