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Are there drugs for ptsd that will help with the nightmares?

Are there drugs for ptsd that will help with the nightmares?

Yes: Certain blood pressure medications called Alpha adrenergic agents, like Clonidine or prazosin, are used to help eliminate nightmares. Also, antidepressants like zoloft, Prozac and Paxil (paroxetine) can sometimes help the nightmares. However, therapy remains the best treatment for ptsd and can help the nightmares in time. ...Read more

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With ptsd could your nightmares be about a threat? Or what could've happened?

With ptsd could your nightmares be about a threat?  Or what could've happened?

Threat as a trigger: I agree with dr. Adler & dr. Ali. Nightmares may become terrifying & the level of accompanying autonomic arousal may wake from sleep. The dream content may be symbolic or it may be very specific to the person's past traumas. Regarding what triggered the nightmares , threats may generate as much fear & horror as actual events. Terror & fear are in the eye of the beholder. It is possible. ...Read more

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Is elavil (amitriptyline) good for stopping nightmares? I have ptsd and was prescribed it

Is elavil (amitriptyline) good for stopping nightmares? I have ptsd and was prescribed it

Not usually: Elavil (amitriptyline) or Amitriptyline can help for insomnia, depression and some pain conditions. There has not been much data to suggest that it helps for nightmares. Prazosin may be a better choice for ptsd related nightmares. ...Read more

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I am having insomnia issues due to PTSD related nightmares. How can this be handled without medication?

I am having insomnia issues due to PTSD related nightmares. How can this be handled without medication?

Psychotherapy : the only alternative to medication is psychotherapy. However if insomnia is your primary symptom you might try Benadryl (diphenhydramine) along with psychotherapy since it is sedating and relatively safe. It is the primary ingredient in most nonprescription sleep aids ...Read more

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I keep getting nightmares since few years, although don't ve any flashbacks [the way PTSD causes],pls help with possible causes of this? and solutions

I keep getting nightmares since few years, although don't ve any flashbacks [the way PTSD causes],pls help with possible causes of this? and solutions

Nightmares: I see that you deal w/breathing issues. Have you been tested for sleep apnea? Are you breathing well in your sleep? Is there a theme to your nightmares, perhaps a particular story or emotion? Please see your doc to make sure all is well w/what you are doing for breathing and then a mental health professional. Clinical hypnosis may be helpful. See www.asch.net Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is there any known therapy methods for stopping PTSD nightmares? Consciously, I can handle what happened, but the nightmares won't go.

Is there any known therapy methods for stopping PTSD nightmares? Consciously, I can handle what happened, but the nightmares won't go.

Treatment options: Nightmares often decrease in severity/frequency with standard PTSD treatment. If they persist, however, additional treatments include medication and a form of therapy referred to as Imagery Rehearsal, in which the person changes the narrative of how the nightmare ends while they are awake. In addition, sleep disordered breathing is common in PTSD, and treating the same often yields improvement. ...Read more

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I take prozosin for ptsd and nightmares. When i take the whole pill i don't have nightmares but i feel really tired during the day.

Prazosin: Interestingly, prazosin is often taken around 3 in the afternoon for many folks. Don't worry, it won't make you fall asleep. D/w your prescribing provider. You can work with the timing and the dosage to obtain an optimum effect. ...Read more

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I used to take Propanderol for PTSD anxiety, my new dr stopped because I was also taking prazosin for nightmares. Was this dangerous? It helped.

I used to take Propanderol for PTSD anxiety, my new dr stopped because I was also taking prazosin for nightmares.  Was this dangerous?    It helped.

PTSD RX: Adrenalin blockers help PTSD responses and brain outputs. Propranolol is a beta blocker. Prazosin is an alpha blocker. They both can help. Prazosin may be more effective. Both can lower BP and make you tired, so hang in there. Your doc may be thinking caution is best. Stay in touch with her / him. ...Read more

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Ptsd? Ex committed suicide I have nightmares each night, randomly break down, avoid situations that remind me of him? Always on my mind, always upset?

Ptsd? Ex committed suicide I have nightmares each night, randomly break down, avoid situations that remind me of him? Always on my mind, always upset?

Very possible: Ptsd manifests more clearly as producing nightmares, flashbacks or memories of the event which caused terror or horror. Also numbing or detachment and avoidance of situations or reminders of the event. It can produce anxiety, fear, insomnia, agitation. Some people are more resistant while others, particularly those with prior trauma, are more at risk. Prazosin is an excellent drug for nightmares. ...Read more

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Will being on Ambien (zolpidem) help with ptsd flashback nightmares?

Will being on Ambien (zolpidem) help with ptsd flashback nightmares?

No: Generally speaking, no. It may help you sleep, but it may make your nightmares worse. Psychotherapy and different medications like Clonidine or prazosin can help with nightmares. Get help from a mental health expert if the nightmares are so bad that you can't sleep. ...Read more

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