I am a post surgical meningioma BT patient with Hashimotos Hypothyroid, and long time anxiety/panic issues which became exacerbated by the above mentionend conditions. Had been taking xanax .25-.50 "as needed", off and on for several years before these diagnoses. After craniotomy surgery I asked to be switched from the xanax, was put on ativan, 2 mgs daily, This in July '05. I continue the ativan; in the 18 mos since, the dose has been raised 1 mg. per day to 1mg 3x day. Also take synthroid,.125 mcg and tenoretic for mild hypertension. And multivitamin/b complex, also ferrous sulfate as tolerated for (Very)low ferritin. In October 05 began having terrible trouble sleeping, was prescribed ambien 10 mg. This worked fine for a few months.
Noticed bad odd dreams several months ago, along with anxieties/hyper feeeling upon wakening. Tried ambien CR, better sleep but still the "oddnesses" Put this off to new synthroid doses, low iron, everything but the ambien. Finally told neurologist of this last month, he named the ambien as likely culprit of the bad dreams. Gave me lunesta 3 mg samples to try, with a RX. I am day 8 of this. Was told switch straight to lunesta from ambien. Now noticing increasing daytime anxiety, 3 times to point of actual panic attack. Could this be a transient effect from the the switch of meds, or would it more likely be the Lunesta itself? Also, finding lunesta has nasty aftertaste which stays with me thru about half of next day. Is this usually temporary? I suppose I want to know if I should stick with the lunesta at this point? Thank you .