Sleep meds

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rdhgirl1983
January 2, 2010 - 12:18 pm
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I have tried several meds to get some sleep and nothing seems to work, even 5 trazadones. What works for others? Anything new on the market?


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rdhgirl1983
January 2, 2010 - 12:18 pm
I have tried several meds to get some sleep and nothing seems to work, even 5 trazadones. What works for others? Anything new on the market?


Spott
January 3, 2010 - 7:36 pm
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I use Ambien CR. If your sleep med is not working let your doctor know so he/she can change the dosage or the type of medication you use.



Medications for January 2010
05-26-2008 - Present:Cymbalta, 30 mg. 2
09-20-2009 - Present:Ambien CR, 12.5. 1
12-09-2009 - Present:Lamictal, 100 mg. 1
12-09-2009 - Present:Lamictal, 150 mg. 1

Jackie
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January 3, 2010 - 7:36 pm
I use Ambien CR. If your sleep med is not working let your doctor know so he/she can change the dosage or the type of medication you use.



Medications for January 2010
05-26-2008 - Present:Cymbalta, 30 mg. 2
09-20-2009 - Present:Ambien CR, 12.5. 1
12-09-2009 - Present:Lamictal, 100 mg. 1
12-09-2009 - Present:Lamictal, 150 mg. 1

Jackie
rdhgirl1983
January 3, 2010 - 8:11 pm
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Believe me, I have. He's worked with dosages and different meds. We just can't find what works for me. I'm on (3) 20mg Citalopram HBR and after 2 weeks we're going to have to make changes as it's not working. I've never been on Ambien.


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rdhgirl1983
January 3, 2010 - 8:11 pm
Believe me, I have. He's worked with dosages and different meds. We just can't find what works for me. I'm on (3) 20mg Citalopram HBR and after 2 weeks we're going to have to make changes as it's not working. I've never been on Ambien.


HoosierK
January 29, 2010 - 12:09 pm
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I take a combo of supplements but the one that made the most noticable improvement was GABA at about 2g. After taking that amount for several months I am tapering down and currently at 1g and still sleeping well. I also take Calcium, Magenesium and Melatonin before bed. I usually fall asleep within 2 hours. Wearing a blindfold helps also.




Medications for January 2010
08-04-2008 - Present:Yerba Mate, 2T to 40oz H2O. throughout day
08-08-2008 - Present:Vitamin C & Zinc lozenges, 100mg/25mg. 2 after breakfast
08-08-2008 - Present:B12 sublingual, 1000mcg. after breakfast
08-08-2008 - Present:Potassium Gluconate, 99mg. breakfast
08-08-2008 - Present:HiActives Tart Cherry Extract with flavanoids, 465mg/23mg. breakfast
08-08-2008 - Present:Soil Based Organisms w/ 72 trace minerals, 1capsule. 9:00pm
08-08-2008 - Present:Selenium, 100mcg. 9:00pm
08-08-2008 - Present:Time-release B complex , 125 mg. breakfast
08-25-2008 - Present:Indole-3-Carbinol with Resveratrol, 200mg/5mg. breakfast
09-01-2008 - Present:Vitamin E with mixed Tocopherols, 400 IU. breakfast & 9:00pm
09-11-2008 - Present:L-tyrosine, 1000mg. breakfast
09-26-2008 - Present:Calcium Citrate with D, 315mg/200 IU. 9:00pm
10-09-2008 - Present:Ashwagandha, 450mg. breakfast & 9:00pm
10-17-2008 - Present:D3, 1000 IU. breakfast
10-27-2008 - Present:Echinacea, 400mg. breakfast & 9:00pm every other week
11-20-2008 - Present:5HTP, 200mg. 9:00pm
12-03-2008 - Present:Chromium Polynicotinate, 200mcg. breakfast & 9:00pm
12-23-2008 - Present:exercise, 30 min. 1st thing in am
01-28-2009 - Present:Magnesium, 400mg. 9:00pm
02-25-2009 - Present:Folic Acid, 800mcg. 9:00pm
05-21-2009 - Present:Carnosine, 500mg. breakfast
08-22-2009 - Present:Taurine, 500mg. am before breakfast
09-15-2009 - Present:L-Glutamine, 500mg. empty stomach am
10-01-2009 - Present:Omega 3 1g with EPA 180mg & DHA 120mg, 3g. with breakfast meds
10-01-2009 - Present:GABA, 1500MG. 9:00pm
10-01-2009 - Present:Evening Primrose Oil with 8-10% GLA, 1.3g. 9:00pm
10-01-2009 - Present:Flax Seed Oil , 1000mg. with breakfast meds
11-06-2009 - Present:Passion Flower, 1 mg. 2 @ 9pm
11-25-2009 - Present:coffee, 2 cups. most mornings
12-01-2009 - Present:Peppermint Oil w/ 18mg Rosemary Oil 18mg Thyme Oil, 180 mg. 9:00pm

(Psalm 94:19) . . .When my disquieting thoughts became many inside of me, Your own consolations began to fondle my soul.
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HoosierK
January 29, 2010 - 12:09 pm
I take a combo of supplements but the one that made the most noticable improvement was GABA at about 2g. After taking that amount for several months I am tapering down and currently at 1g and still sleeping well. I also take Calcium, Magenesium and Melatonin before bed. I usually fall asleep within 2 hours. Wearing a blindfold helps also.




Medications for January 2010
08-04-2008 - Present:Yerba Mate, 2T to 40oz H2O. throughout day
08-08-2008 - Present:Vitamin C & Zinc lozenges, 100mg/25mg. 2 after breakfast
08-08-2008 - Present:B12 sublingual, 1000mcg. after breakfast
08-08-2008 - Present:Potassium Gluconate, 99mg. breakfast
08-08-2008 - Present:HiActives Tart Cherry Extract with flavanoids, 465mg/23mg. breakfast
08-08-2008 - Present:Soil Based Organisms w/ 72 trace minerals, 1capsule. 9:00pm
08-08-2008 - Present:Selenium, 100mcg. 9:00pm
08-08-2008 - Present:Time-release B complex , 125 mg. breakfast
08-25-2008 - Present:Indole-3-Carbinol with Resveratrol, 200mg/5mg. breakfast
09-01-2008 - Present:Vitamin E with mixed Tocopherols, 400 IU. breakfast & 9:00pm
09-11-2008 - Present:L-tyrosine, 1000mg. breakfast
09-26-2008 - Present:Calcium Citrate with D, 315mg/200 IU. 9:00pm
10-09-2008 - Present:Ashwagandha, 450mg. breakfast & 9:00pm
10-17-2008 - Present:D3, 1000 IU. breakfast
10-27-2008 - Present:Echinacea, 400mg. breakfast & 9:00pm every other week
11-20-2008 - Present:5HTP, 200mg. 9:00pm
12-03-2008 - Present:Chromium Polynicotinate, 200mcg. breakfast & 9:00pm
12-23-2008 - Present:exercise, 30 min. 1st thing in am
01-28-2009 - Present:Magnesium, 400mg. 9:00pm
02-25-2009 - Present:Folic Acid, 800mcg. 9:00pm
05-21-2009 - Present:Carnosine, 500mg. breakfast
08-22-2009 - Present:Taurine, 500mg. am before breakfast
09-15-2009 - Present:L-Glutamine, 500mg. empty stomach am
10-01-2009 - Present:Omega 3 1g with EPA 180mg & DHA 120mg, 3g. with breakfast meds
10-01-2009 - Present:GABA, 1500MG. 9:00pm
10-01-2009 - Present:Evening Primrose Oil with 8-10% GLA, 1.3g. 9:00pm
10-01-2009 - Present:Flax Seed Oil , 1000mg. with breakfast meds
11-06-2009 - Present:Passion Flower, 1 mg. 2 @ 9pm
11-25-2009 - Present:coffee, 2 cups. most mornings
12-01-2009 - Present:Peppermint Oil w/ 18mg Rosemary Oil 18mg Thyme Oil, 180 mg. 9:00pm

(Psalm 94:19) . . .When my disquieting thoughts became many inside of me, Your own consolations began to fondle my soul.
Spott
January 29, 2010 - 7:50 pm
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Joined: 09-25-2009
My pdoc has greatly impressed upon me the need to keep to a regular sleep schedule--go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning (every day of the year). By keeping to a regular schedule you are resetting your own body clock. Of course, for the time being I cannot do it without the help of a sleep aid (Ambien CR). The pdoc also bumped up my lamictal on my last visit in hopes it would make me more drowsy in the evening (some, but not enough to sleep). As he explained, better sleep also helps keep the mood swings away.

My therapist is worried about my taking Ambien for too long a time because it can be addictive (which may be why many pdocs do not prescribe it for too long). He was so concerned that he explained what symptoms point to addiction.

Most important is that you discuss with your pdoc your symptoms, concerns and any supplements you are considering or are currently taking--some herbal remedies should not be taken with mood stablizers, antidepressants, etc. Don't experiment. Two of my sisters think I should take neurontin (like they do), my son takes trazadone and my mom uses benedryl. I've considered the others but I will stick wih the ambien and sleep schedule for now--so far it is much better than it was before.

Read all you can about insomnia and treatments--yes, a sleep mask can help, I even convinced my husband to try one and he sleeps much better as a result of wearing one.

My sleep is not perfect--Take. Long time to fall asleep, I have a short period of sound sleep then I wake too early. Before treatment I didn't get more than a two-hour period of straight sleep. I couldn't fall asleep easily and would wake every hour for most of the night.

It is not easy to stick to a sleep schedule but it may be exactly what you need even more than the sleep meds. Notice my chart below--since I have been trying to keep to a regular sleep schedule (believe me, it isn't easy) my sleep has improved (my pdoc thinks it should still be better.) I'll keep working at it because the results are worth it.

Keep working with your pdoc and I'm sure you will see some improvement. I wish you pleasant dreams.




Medications for January 2010
05-26-2008 - Present:Cymbalta, 30 mg. 2
09-20-2009 - Present:Ambien CR, 12.5. 1
12-09-2009 - Present:Lamictal, 100 mg. 1
12-09-2009 - Present:Lamictal, 150 mg. 1

Peace and stability be with you.

Jackie
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Spott
Spott
January 29, 2010 - 7:50 pm
My pdoc has greatly impressed upon me the need to keep to a regular sleep schedule--go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning (every day of the year). By keeping to a regular schedule you are resetting your own body clock. Of course, for the time being I cannot do it without the help of a sleep aid (Ambien CR). The pdoc also bumped up my lamictal on my last visit in hopes it would make me more drowsy in the evening (some, but not enough to sleep). As he explained, better sleep also helps keep the mood swings away.

My therapist is worried about my taking Ambien for too long a time because it can be addictive (which may be why many pdocs do not prescribe it for too long). He was so concerned that he explained what symptoms point to addiction.

Most important is that you discuss with your pdoc your symptoms, concerns and any supplements you are considering or are currently taking--some herbal remedies should not be taken with mood stablizers, antidepressants, etc. Don't experiment. Two of my sisters think I should take neurontin (like they do), my son takes trazadone and my mom uses benedryl. I've considered the others but I will stick wih the ambien and sleep schedule for now--so far it is much better than it was before.

Read all you can about insomnia and treatments--yes, a sleep mask can help, I even convinced my husband to try one and he sleeps much better as a result of wearing one.

My sleep is not perfect--Take. Long time to fall asleep, I have a short period of sound sleep then I wake too early. Before treatment I didn't get more than a two-hour period of straight sleep. I couldn't fall asleep easily and would wake every hour for most of the night.

It is not easy to stick to a sleep schedule but it may be exactly what you need even more than the sleep meds. Notice my chart below--since I have been trying to keep to a regular sleep schedule (believe me, it isn't easy) my sleep has improved (my pdoc thinks it should still be better.) I'll keep working at it because the results are worth it.

Keep working with your pdoc and I'm sure you will see some improvement. I wish you pleasant dreams.




Medications for January 2010
05-26-2008 - Present:Cymbalta, 30 mg. 2
09-20-2009 - Present:Ambien CR, 12.5. 1
12-09-2009 - Present:Lamictal, 100 mg. 1
12-09-2009 - Present:Lamictal, 150 mg. 1

Peace and stability be with you.

Jackie
amymich
February 27, 2010 - 2:07 am
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Total Posts: 28
Joined: 06-04-2009
I 2nd the melatonin! There are combo supplements that include Theanine, Valerian Root, and a couple of other things that aid sleep. Do a bit of research on them first before you start ingesting. Just helps to make sure your body handles it ok. :)


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amymich
February 27, 2010 - 2:07 am
I 2nd the melatonin! There are combo supplements that include Theanine, Valerian Root, and a couple of other things that aid sleep. Do a bit of research on them first before you start ingesting. Just helps to make sure your body handles it ok. :)


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