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Need Drug Recommendation For Sleep-related Sx

Ok - I can't take the spinning-on-a-rotisserie-like, lack-of-sleep nights anymore. Ambien (10 mg.) was a waste, Restoril (7.5 mg.) failed, now the Trazodone (100mg.) is the latest to miss the mark. Anyone have any success with a drug (legal) that can both put you out and keep you there - for more than 4 hours at a clip?
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Are you on any antidepressants? I was having a hard time sleeping and although they didn't give me anything just for a sleep aid they did prescribe Remeron Solotabs (an antidepressant that has a sleep aid in it)Every once in awhile though I find it necessary to take a half of a Unisom (OTC sleep aid) I hope you find something that works soon. It is bad enough to deal with all this and no sleep too. Good Luck to you and God bless you and your family.   Kim
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I'm sorry you are having problems sleeping and not sure because when I have restless night...ambien does knock me out cold for nite and that is .5.  I'm sure some others will have idea but have you called your dr and told him what is going on.  There is no sense in you not getting a good night sleep because tx is hard enough and no sleep...would not be good!
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       I had the same problem sleep 2 hours wake for 1 then sleep 3 hours and so on...... I never did find anything that worked for more then 5 hours.
  The best sleeping pill that worked for me was Ambien 10-15 Mg when needed. But it would only last about 5 hours and I always felt druged throughout the morning.

I hope you find something that works..............


               TonyZ
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Hi, sorry you are having such a hard time. I asked my doc for Ambien when I was having probs, but he gave me Trazadone instead. It didn't seem to work all that well for me either. My best results have been from Tylenol PM or bennadryl. A couple of nights ago I took a Tylenol PM for head and shoulder pain cause I couldn't find any reg Tylenol and I am trying to hold off as much as possible on the vicodin I have. Anyway, I took it at about 6pm and by 8pm...my pain was much more bearable and I couldn't hardly keep my eyes open. Try the Tylenol PM...I hope it works for you. Take care, kim
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I take 1mg xanax and I also have 10mg ambien.
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I know you said you wanted a lagal drug, but marijuana really does help you sleep. That would be my drug of choice. Helps you have a good appetite too!
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Now that I have reaad Chevys post to you, I do recall my doctor telling me also to take my pm dose of copegus earlier in the night  to help me sleep easier. Good luck
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i have the rotisary effect as well,i'm happy if i get 5 hours a night off and on. and i too have tried all the sleep aids...OTC,TEMEZAPAM(RESTORIL),AMBIAN,VALERIAN (HERB),AD TYPE,...

the problem is that they ALL wear off thier effect after awhile,if taken every night.  we build up a tolerance to them. they're really not made to be taken every night for 6-12 months.

so now i have backed off all of them and save it for nights that i absolutely have to sleep,no more than 1-3 nights a week. i have heard that sleeping pills are toxic to the liver and that some can mess with the effectiveness of tx like alcohol,moraphine,codine,(opiod based stuff). so i don't want to just keep taking more and more.

be careful.

i've learned the hard way to take them now only when needed so i know they will work when sleep is not an option.

you just have to be at "PEACE" with your new "rotissary side-effect". i felt better when i gave up trying so hard. i take what i can get when i can get it. i'm sorta like a cat now.
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They put me on 50mg of Trazadone 3 times a day and that helped me sleep and almost totally relieved the Restless Leg Syndrome.  I think spacing it throughout the day works at keep me more even than the one a day I'd been on before and made it much easier to sleep.

Kim
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My whole treatment I took my Riba at around 4 pm.  Whenever I had to take it later it was harder to deal with.  Now after being off of treatment for 1 week, I'm dealing with this insomnia thing and it's a pain.  Used to, I could fall asleep at 10 pm and then, I'd wake up a couple of times to go to the bathroom.  Now, it takes me a LONG TIME to even fall asleep and I'm waking up really early.  This morning I woke up at 4:30 am and could not fall back to sleep.  Better sleeps ahead, right?

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No wonder you are!  I was going to say, you could go up on the trazodone dose.  But, you're probably trying that while I write. I suddenly feel very, very lucky that 5 mg of Ambien puts me to sleep and keeps me asleep.  I did NOT like the nights when I slept 3 hours, was awake for 3, slept 3 again ... Sunday was half over by the time I got up again.  Have you tried eating something as soon as you wake up, middle of the night?  Something small that packs in a lot of K-cal and sticks with you, like p-nut butter or sour cream, works for a friend of mine.  A bowl of cereal worked for me sometimes -- maybe the milk especially. Try drinking a glass of milk?  It's the Peg. which wakes me -- I can feel the Wake-up! effect especially  after injecting, a night or 2.  Huh.  we're all different! Are you near an acupuncturist?  Acupuncture might help.
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I, too, have had trouble sleeping. I'd wake up 12-1 and 3:30, spin for a while before I dropped off. I take Chlortrimeton, an antihistamine for sleep (have done so since I was a teen--originally prescribed for allergies, it knocked me out totally so I stopped for allergies but used it to sleep). Two of those help, especially for the 3:30 AM waking--I have to get up around 6 so I don't want to be fuzzier than I already am.

chevygal55--my PA also suggested earlier dosages. I tried it yesterday (4 PM) and I felt speedy around 9:30, exactly the same amount of time I would if I'd taken it at my usual 7. Slept all night. So, I'm going for a 4 PM riba dose and see if it continues to work like that.

While the riba is supposed to stay in our blood all the time, I think that the speedy effect is when it hits the bloodstream after the dose is absorbed and the level is higher. Don't know if it is true, but it does seem to explain the symptoms to me.
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I feel for ya girl,, I remember well those sleepless, tossin & turnin nites,   as you put it so succinctly.  I am taking 50-100mg of Seroquel and it really helps me sleep,,still wake up early, but I go to bed early,,,a little grogginess morning after for a while,,, then it passes,,,of course I am new on tx this time around,,,Ambien never helped me much,,,knocked me out for a couple of nights, then I was lucky if I slept for 4 hours,
then back to rotisserie.Good luck and God bless ;))
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Does anyone else have a problem with bedwetting,,not the sweaty kind,,,,if so would appreciate feedback,,it only happens occasionally,,but I am too damn young to have to wear depends LOL???????
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Just like the trance song, "I can’t get no sleep".  That is how I feel every night when I get home from work.  I do customer service and after 8 hours of listening to idiots scream at me; I usually go home eat watch spike tv and try to go to bed.  Well, that does not work to well.  So I Tried [url=http://www.narcomundo.com/legal-drugs/anti-anxiety-drugs/g-monster/][b][u]G-Monster[/u][/b][/url] from narcomundo.com.  I took one serving; and some time after I was out like a light. I really worked.

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Melatonin is another one which can help with sleeping disorder, but also has the vivid dream sx of valarian root

Benedryl is another I've used, and continue to use, which is basically the PM aspect of Tylenol PM without the Tylenol.
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I agree with Grandoak about the Melatonin.  I think it was Merrybe that turned me on to it and I sleep thru-out the night now for about 5 or 6 months.  If it wasn't Merrybe, I thank whoever it was.  Anyway I talked to my physician about it and was written a script and it has been a miracle.  I was explained that Melatonin is produced in
the liver and is necessary for Rem time and we produce less and less as we grow older-even w/o liver probs.  I tried all the sleeping medications and none kept me asleep and left me druggy feeling all day.  Melatonin is natrural and I've never had a problem.  I do dream alot but they are good ones.
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