What is a good strong sleeping medication. I take trazadone 50 mg. I don't even yawn. I have a serious sleep issues. What about Seroquel. I cannot sleep for 4 days straight. Sometimes. I told my doctor. This numerous times. She always overlooks it. I am tired of it it's not healthy. My symptoms will get worse been there done that. I get headaches. I get cranky. My blood pressure rises. I'm fed up. I see her Tuesday. If I don't get a better med. She's history. I mean that. I have been trying to workout to tire myself out. Helps just got to do it more. Any member have any suggestions on any strong sleep medications. I'm very open minded.
Hi, morton! Before you look into drugs that are prescribed off labeled use such as trazadone or Seroquel have you tried the medications used as sleep aids such as Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata, etc?
If these haven't worked for you, Remeron is an antidepressant and Seroquel is a potent antipsychotic that carry drowsiness/sleepiness as side effects, but be aware that this is only one of the side effects of these drugs.
Hope you get some ZZZzzz's soon! Wildcat
Seroquel (Quetiapine-atypical antipsychotic) is used to treat Schizophrenia & Bipolar disorder,now, off label it used to treat sleeping problems(insomnia), the therapeutic dose for sleeping disorders is 50mgs.
Bare in mind we all react to medications differently. I suggest you ask your Dr. about this possibility.
I take Seroquel and it has worked just fine for me.
Your thoughts on working out to encourage sleep is good and something I do. I am beginning to objectify my stressors and deal with them. Exercise provides endorphinsn (runners high) and this does help. Cutting through all the crap I read on the net I have decided to add vitamins and minerals to my mix. There is the suggestion that B6 and Magnesium help anxiety/depression. I am not promoting it but it can't hurt and it is an inexpensive means for me to deal with my mental health issues.
I have been there before and it is painful. Hope you can get some relief.
I agree with my friend WildCat. Additionally, you might try "sleep hygiene". It's description is on the internet, but basically involves going to bed and arising at the same time(including week ends), no TV, internet, smart phones, or any thing with a screen at least one hour before bedtime. No eating after Dinner time( the 6 o'clock area), no caffeine drinks at night, no smoking,no phone nor internet in bed after bedtime, etc. It may not help a lot but it sure helped me and I am taking a boat load of antidepressants and mood stabilizers. I also strongly advise the right meds for sleeping as suggested by WildCat above. Let us know how you do. Wishing you the best. We are all in this together!
I can see you are doing everything on your own to fix this situation.
I also shave a sleep disorder.
I slept for a total of 8 hours a week with no naps. It’s a very dangerous situation that attracts all aspects of your life.
Not only your health with hypertension and increased weight gain but with your thinking and ability to make decisions. It also affects your relationships.
Meds like Restoril and Ambien are a blessing. Until they are not! You reach a tolerance and still are awake despite taking meds. They also sometimes take away your dream state so you don’t feel like you have slept. You take the pill and go to sleep and wake up. The restorative value of sleep is not there.
My doctor didn’t put any importance in my complaints for years. I kept going from one new illness into another. We are talking serious... surgeries involved. Each visit was spent arguing about sleep and the minor complaints were put aside until they became serious.
I’m sure you can see why sleep deprivation is considered a form of torture in war time situations.
In 2002 I developed a sudden neuro condition. I went for 2 years until I couldn’t safely work or take care of my kids. I went on Restoril until it didn’t work. I went on Ambien 5 mg until 2004. I had it increased to 10mg which was good for 5 hours a night 2006 I took it but didn’t sleep.
2008 I developed breast cancer and I think it was because of my immune system was compromised.
I had a sleep study done which showed insomnia and sleep apnea.
I was put on Ambien and Trazadone.
It worked for 4-5 hours which was a blessing for me. They ordered a C-Pap but after trying it was impossible for me to adapt to.
2010 I started missing nights so I stopped taking the Trazadone on my own and switched out of the cancer program go a new Primary.
It’s so irritating when doctors don’t believe you are sleeping so little and your physical complaints are due to anxiety. It’s what will happen because it’s how you appear to others with the tremor and stress trying to persuade someone to help.
2014 I went on Remeron and Ambien. I was awake 3 nights and fell asleep from 9- 12pm lightly and the cycle would start over.
3 months later I looked in the mirror and saw Dolly Parton! I gained 30lbs because I was eating all night !
Next I went on Seroquel and Ambien. I kept eating but now I was falling trying to get the refrigerator because I was passing out.
I fractured my ankle and another time went to the ER. My BP was dangerously low and my heart rate was 150 as a side effect.
I went to an EENT asking to have my tonsils removed. He told me the success rate was less than 40% and the post-op complications were very high. He refused to do it.
I went back on the Ambien only. My doc would not give me 10mg.
I was sleeping 3 hours every 3 days, not functioning because I couldn’t walk I was so tired.
2016 I went on Trazadone 100mg and Ambien 10mg by Mayo after going for complicated surgery because my Primary didn’t believe me.
It worked great until this year when I started missing nights.
I had a new Pulmonary doc and when I went for my first appointment she recognized my sleep deprivation symptoms.
She ordered oxygen at night which kind of helped.
She ordered a sleep study.
I slept 4 hours which I was very happy about.
She told me I stopped breathing 57 times an hour !
Diagnosis- Central Sleep Apnea.
She told me she had not seen such a complicated since medical school!
She ordered a Bi-Pap which she had settings that were like being on a ventilators home.
I’m currently fighting weigh the Bi-Pap now but at least I have someone who would finally believe me. It made all the difference in the world.
My advice... go to a sleep specialist and have a sleep study.
It may save you a year of playing around until they finally refer you to a specialist.
Please get this under control or your quality of life will be severely compromised.
I wanted to reiterate the "sleep hygiene" comment above: for those of us with "delicate" sleep abilities and who want to get our minds and bodies into a pattern of regular, consistent, sleeping, the drugs will only get you so far: any one of them you take regularly you will eventually develop a tolerance for. They can be a godsend for the occasional sleepless night, but they are not all that helpful at getting you to sleep every night.
Look: your body does want to sleep— it gets tired, so does your brain, and they need rest. Now, if you are messing with your body's and mind's ability to GET rest (by watching TV until all hours, or being on your computer in bed, or drinking heavily before trying to sleep, etc.) then you are going to be up all night, every night, for nights on end sometimes. Much more important than "what are the best sleep meds to really knock me out every night" is "what can I be doing to help my mind and body simply GO TO SLEEP every night?" You cannot rely on any drug to do this for you every night— sleep hygiene is the only way you are going to get there and stay there, and it is a regimen, and it may feel difficult to adjust to. How badly do you want to sleep at night? Bad enough to adopt such a regimen? Excellent! Then you won't be needing any drugs at all for this. Hygiene is free, and requires no medication. It does require a strict self-monitoring of your behavior, though. The good news is, it is YOUR behavior! Drugs are great short-term solutions to short-term sleep problems, but they are not solutions to THE problem! It sounds like you have been having this problem for a long time, and that is one more reason that drugs really won't help you much. Good luck!
I take ambien (generic)-have been for almost 19 years. Recently had a lot of trouble sleeping. I think after awhile need dosage increase. I've been on 10mg for a long time. If I'm out of ambien I don't sleep a wink all night. I have tried different kinds and never work for me-No sleep. Your Dr needs to understand that many wrecks are due to NO sleep. Good luck to you and find another Dr if she won't help!
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