... of nightmares for a long time. We have tried many things but nothing seems to stop the nighmares. I read about prazosin and that it helps with nightmares by increasing REM sleep and blocking the brains response to norepinephine. I don't see any research or information on whether this has been successfully given to children. Could you tell me anything about this drug or some other treatment for nightmares
I sometimes have nightmares from PTSD, but usually they are not exactly from the event that caused it, but are about events similar to what caused it. I take 25 mg of Seroquel for insomnia, but also I don't really have nightmares, or any dreams that I can remember for that matter. The only thing is that for awhile I was on too high of a dose of it and I couldn't get out of bed for like 15 hrs. and if I did, I was completely exhausted, so make sure that she's on the right dose. I don't know if this works for everyone, but normally I am a very light sleeper and when I take this, I actually sleep deep enough to not have memorable dreams and reach REM sleep which is something I normally can't do. I also take Vyvanse, which is a stimulant, so it wakes me up so I'm not sleepy the whole day after.
Everyone is different, so ask your psychiatrist, but it has been helping me a lot. Good luck, and I am very sorry that your daughter has PTSD. It has been a very hard thing for me to deal with and wish the best for other people with it as well.
I'm sorry to hear about your daughter; I hope she's seeing a therapsit because it really does help to talk about the issue, no matter how hard it is. I would suggest asking her doctor to prescribe her something to help her sleep. There are some good sleep meds available, but you want to make sure he/she gives her something that WON'T cause nightmares as a side effect and something that isn't habit forming. Hope this helps.
I realize that this post is old but just in case you are still searching for an answer I hope this helps. I suffer from PTSD from my time overseas and the nightmares were never ending, the doctor at the VA gave me a blood pressure medication, that they gave soldiers in vietnam, that completely stopped my dreams. Parzosin might work for her so I hope this helps. I took it off and on for about a year before I got a handle on my nightmares. Best of luck!
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