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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 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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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Will being on Ambien help with ptsd flashback nightmares?

Will being on Ambien 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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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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Have PTSD(2008)on meds, having horrible daily nightmares, flashbacks, am in therapy- causes restless sleep,feeling very fatigues all the time, help?

Have PTSD(2008)on meds, having horrible daily nightmares, flashbacks, am in therapy- causes restless sleep,feeling very fatigues all the time, help?

Has your doctor: considered an off label of prazosin for your nightmares/ insomnia? Are you working with a provider who has expertise in PTSD? Don't know what type of therapy you are involved with. Cognitive Processing Therapy (a form of cognitive behavioral therapy), EMDR & virtual reality exposure therapy can be very helpful with PTSD. Don't lose hope. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with ptsd when put in a mental hospital. Every night i cry myself to sleep, but i never stay asleep because I have nightmares. Help?

I was diagnosed with ptsd when put in a mental hospital. Every night i cry myself to sleep, but i never stay asleep because I have nightmares. Help?

PTSD & Nightmares: People with ptsd are hospitalized when their illness is so intense that they can't keep themselves safe as outpatients. Usually this is temporary, and the crisis passes. Then you need to build an outpatient treatment team to work with on these problems for the duration. Healing can take time but help is available -- including for nightmares. Do tell your psychiatrist & therapist about those. ...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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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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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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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.

Cannabis: 19 yo male has "PTSD & nightmares". Psychological/Psychiatric evaluation & treatment advised. I have seen many with this symptom profile gain marked improvement with use of cannabis (indica, not sativa) before sleeping. ...Read more

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

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

Not usually: Elavil 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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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