I've been diagnosed with PTSD, and more recently adult ADHD. I struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep every night, and this has been an issue for several years now. I've been prescribed numerous anti-depressants and sleep meds including trazadone, paxil, zoloft, prozac, ambien, ambien cr, and lunesta. None of these have helped me in the slightest. More recently my psych doctor started me on buspar, prazosin, and inderal. I was told that these last three lower bp resulting in less physiological stress thus reducing mental stress/anxiety. While on the prazosin, I actually ended up blacking out and smashing my face into a wall, coming to several minutes later. Needless to say these aren't helping either, and may even be making issues worse for me. Currently I am taking adderall 30mg xr for the ADHD and still on the inderal (half of the lowest prescription dose of 10mg which is doing absolutely nothing). The adderall seems to be helping me less and less every day and despite the current beta blocker, I still have moderate to severe anxiety attacks which boost bp and hr. I have done some research and end up with the same suggestions every time, ativan, xanax, etc. I don't want to take the stuff regularly, and having never used them before, would like to try very small doses as needed. I suggested this to the psych, but was shot down because she thinks I'll pass out and sleep for days straight given my constant exhausted state already. I want to have a good night sleep so badly and also have something to help me get over the anxiety attacks when they happen. Are there any suggestions as to the right dose and/or time of day to take a medication like this(aside from use as needed), and also, any specific one to take? I'm not exactly keen with the idea of taking this type of drug given the side effects and withdrawal, but I just want to try them to see if they can help me. I'd like to use this information to approach her again about the topic, but with a better understanding of the benefits I would have with the medication. Any suggestions or finger pointing is appreciated and expected, respectfully. Thanks
Is a benzo right for me despite their reputation?
- 28 Jul 2010 by zev51104
- 17 Sep 2010
- post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd), sleep disorders, generalized anxiety disorder
Added 22 Sep 2010:
To all whom have given me great advice during my struggle: About a month ago I more or less sh!t canned the psychiatrist. I have continued to see the Psychologist, as she is an extremly pleasant and helpful person. Due to the anxiety I was having she was kind enough to take it upon herself to talk to one of the other GPs here at the clinic and discuss her own suggestions. I finally saw the GP this past Monday and was prescribe Lexapro, additionally while my system catches up, she prescribed clonazepam. Its only been nearly three days, but I feel like I actually have a purpose. The Adderall which started lacking in effectiveness now fits back into the groove of my daily routine. I know its soon after the implementation of the two new drugs, but sleep seems to be getting a tad better as well. Right this very moment I can say, for the first time in years, I am happy. Not only that, but I am excited about life. Hopefully I found my ladder out of the pit I've been stuck in(knock on wood)! Thank you very much to everyone who have been there to answer my questions, discuss my shortcomings, and solidify the fact that I am not the one who should run with my tail between my legs away from these doctors who want nothing but to CYOA!
Since she shot you down origionally i dont think she is going to change her mind about it. However she is right it can be very addicting and when your ready to quit you may have seizures or go into a coma if you dont ween off correctly. I think you might want to get another doctors opinion if you really want to try xanax see another physician that is a little more understanding. You might want to say you need it more than just for sleep i worry alot which triggered my anxiety attacks and not to mention i had severe insomnia all night i would wake up all through the night got 4 hours or less of sleep. So i hope this was helpful in some way good luck to you.
I read up on the meds you were recently prescribed. Major lowering of your BP. No wonder you passed out and hit your head! It warns to rise slowly from a sitting position, sit on the edge of your bed for a few mins before slowly getting up. Personally if I were you, rather than a sleep med like ambein, lunesta, etc. I would request a benzo for bedtime. I would ask for 10mg valium. It has a long half life and is less addicting then some of the other benzo's simply because it lasts longer. Lack of sleep is very unhealthy for you and only adds to the anxiety and stress. Ask her if she thinks lack of sleep is adding to your stress and anxiety. I would think one 10mg valium at bedtime would work. It's just my opinion. When people start popping benzo's all day and then try to quit cold turkey, then yes, you will have some major health issues trying to come off them.
This is what I ask my surgeon, "If you had this type of fracture what would you take for the pain?" Ask your doc the same, If you couldn't sleep at night, which only adds to the anxiety and stress, would you take 1 valium at bedtime to let your brain regenerate and your body relax? She said if she gave you a benzo you would sleep for days. Maybe that's what you need! Sleep! I'm not familiar with beta blockers, but is there any med you could cut back on in order for your doc not to worry so much about taking a valium at bedtime? Lack of sleep certainly DOES add stress and anxiety. Maybe try to talk with her again.
This is only my opinion. I wish you well and hope you get the help (and sleep) you need,
Hi zev51104, I know how diffifult it is when everyone just says "go to sleep", it makes me angry inside and just one more thing to worry about. If I ever told you all the medications I am on (all in a day), it is enough to put an elephant down. I fall asleep, but after 3 or 4 hours I am awake again! People that sleep well do not understand how it feels to be awake when everyone else is sleeping! More stress, right? Everyone has an opinion about "benzo's", they listen to all these so-called "horror stories" and base their opinion on that. Why is it that you seldom find anyone with a good thing to say about them? I just got tired of listening one day and went with my doctors recommendation which was Klonopin.It helps with the panic attacles but I still have sleep problems (almost four-five night a week) I will say if you are going nuts in the wee hours you will be suprised to see how many insomniacs are up and on this site.
One thing I can tell you is there are a great many doctors who just refuse to prescribe xanax and a few other "benzo's" You sound like you need a new GP, because once you get a "no" you are probably going to continue getting the same response. Also your age could be a factor, alot of doctors are afraid to get a young person "addicted" to a medication which has a high abuse potential. Look who is rambling now! Feel free to ask away anytime. There is always is someone available to talk to here in the wee hours. Last thing, always check your newspaper for local companies that are doing sleep disorder studies. I went to one. I am not going to say that was the majic answer, but it did give me more insight into my lack of sleep. Good luck zev. Fall Queen
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