Have been on several prescription sleep meds like seroquel, ambien, lundesta and recently halcion. However, after taking them I have terrible trouble catching my breath, it is to the point i cant go to sleep at all cause i cant breathe. Im done with them and wondered whats the best over the counter sleep med out there that will not cause this same problem. I am used to the dry mouth but cant continue like this. This is the 3rd night i have had this problem and my dr doesnt know what to do.
hi there mspalmer11
i have had sleep apnoea in the past and found getting tested to be helpful. in that process i also found that i would wake up in a type of night terror with panic etc all based around me sleeping in the wrong position. this may not answer much at all but i wonder if it's worth looking at it from a sleep apnoea perspective and place pillows in such a way that you do not sleep on your back flat. ii make this suggestion because you did not suggest you were stopping breathing in the day, only at night. i know they are sleep meds but imagine they would still be in your system during morning at least? panic can do what you are saying and i imagine after dealing with this you would be possibly anxious about closing your eyes at all. this may not be helpful but suggest the sleeping position could be changed so then you could take the meds and get some proper sleep as you must be overtired by now.?perhaps. bye for now and take care
I came off the bipolar drugs for a couple of weeks in the summer, in order to drop a few pounds. (I find that these drugs cause weight gain). I had a similar problem similar to yours, and I found that an over-the-counter little pill called "night sleep aid" from Rite Aid did the trick for me. It is identifed as being Doxylamine Succinate tablets, 25mg. P.S... I also often have a problem catching my breath during my daily walk, and like you, have attributed it as being related to the bipolar drugs I am taking... as I do not have such a problem off the drugs. Underlying panic attacks can be a by-product of consuming these things. Good luck with your efforts to go cold-turkey... let us know how you are making out!
while some sleep medications help me, I have bouts of sleep apnea, that causes me to gasp for breath throughout the night. I have a CPAP machine I use. Even though I don't use it all the time (bad girl--whatcha gonna do?), I find myself feeling drugged out in the mornings when I dont wear that machine.
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