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What do you take for insomnia?

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I have tried temazepam, lorazepam, clonazepam, mirtazipine, trazodone, zolpidem, hydroxyzine, quetiapine, and gabapentin. Since I have middle/late insomnia, a low dose of clonazepam taken around 2 am has worked best so far. But they all have drawbacks.

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8 hours ago, John_in_SF said:

I have tried temazepam, lorazepam, clonazepam, mirtazipine, trazodone, zolpidem, hydroxyzine, quetiapine, and gabapentin. Since I have middle/late insomnia, a low dose of clonazepam taken around 2 am has worked best so far. But they all have drawbacks.

Have you tried doxepin (Sinequan) for that? It is supposed to be good for middle/late insomnia but not so great for sleep induction.

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7 hours ago, mikl_pls said:

Have you tried doxepin (Sinequan) for that? It is supposed to be good for middle/late insomnia but not so great for sleep induction.

No, haven't tried that yet. It's not a benzo, is it? My current pdoc will not give me benzos.

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On 5/13/2019 at 9:06 AM, John_in_SF said:

No, haven't tried that yet. It's not a benzo, is it? My current pdoc will not give me benzos.

No, doxepin is a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA).

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I take everything they prescribed me, plus CBD oil, a spoon of honey and still have erratic sleep. (Zopiclone, Seroquel, duloxetine, buspar and clonazepam)

The biggest influence I have found is not the meds so much as my routine before bed, which sometimes starts pretty early on. No coffee after midday, not much sugar after 18:00, meditation for 30 minutes, read something and fall asleep. Staying asleep for me is the problem, so back to meditation and read, rinse, repeat....

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12 minutes ago, MargotMontage said:

Mmmm, I love cereal before bed! It's so comforting. Especially Froot Loops, Cocoa Pops, and Lucky Charms.

Yes it works.  Most people I tell that I eat cereal right before bed think I'm nuts but it absolutely works.  The sugar calms my anxiety and quiets my mind so I can get sleep.

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I use guided mediation for sleep. Works for me.

If the RA is really painful, I'll take Tylenol PM, which helps with sleeping through the pain

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50 mg Seroquel helps me sleep like a baby for 10 hours every night. I'm a raging insomniac so I had completely forgotten what it felt like to be hit by that tidal wave of sleepiness that knocks you out the minute your head hits the pillow. 

I don't like the other side effects (made me spaced out and forgetful to a degree I couldn't handle) so I stopped taking it. But man, I slept so well, I kinda miss that part. Now I just take 1 mg Ativan every 3-4 days so I can get at least two decent nights of sleep a week. 

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I'm taking Trazadone 50mg. It doesn't work, but the next time I see my doctor, I'm going to ask for an increase. She asked me before, but I hesitated. 

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I don’t trust the traditional medicines so all I need to do is cuddle with my dog. It makes me fall asleep in no time. I won’t suggest you to take those medicines. Instead get a pet. Do you love animals?

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On 1/27/2019 at 3:52 AM, SouthernSolitary said:

My psychiatrist insists anything she puts me on will cause weight gain besides trazodone (I take 200mg). I haven’t had good sleep in 3 weeks.

I did well with Saphris but there’s no generic and the copay is $400.

Maybe you could speak to your doctor, or go into a health store and speak to someone. 

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I love Ambien. It's worth the trouble.  What bothers some about it can be entertaining to others, specifically, the visual distortions it would cause the first years I took it.

I have to take another drug to stay asleep after it wears off after 6 hours, or I feel bad the next day.  My tricyclic antidepressant does that.

 

Love it.

 

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cure insomnia naturally? Tips and tricks

  1. Avoid chemicals that disrupt sleep, such as nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol.
  2. Eat lighter meals at night and at least two hours before bed.
  3. Stay active, but exercise earlier in the day.
  4. Take a hot shower or bath at the end of your day.
  5. Avoid screens one to two hours before bed.

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