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Is taking pamelor nortriptyline (generic name) 10 mg at bedtime effective?

Is taking pamelor nortriptyline (generic name) 10 mg at bedtime effective?

Pamelor (nortriptyline): At that low dose, not effective for depression, although other conditions ncan be helped, such as neurogenic pain and sleep. ...Read more

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Why do sleep aides (benadryl, ambien, sonata (zaleplon) ,lunesta, prosom, elavil) not work for me?

Why do sleep aides (benadryl, ambien, sonata (zaleplon) ,lunesta, prosom, elavil) not work for me?

Different: Everyone is different. It also depends upon why you are having difficulty with sleep. If you suffer insomnia talk to your doctor about this. There are many medications that can be used for this disorder. ...Read more

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Ambien (zolpidem) and claritind?

Ambien (zolpidem) and claritind?

Sleepy not sneezy?: Ambien (zolpidem) will help you sleep; Claritin d will help with nasal allergy symptoms, but sometimes can cause restlessness and difficulty sleeping. ...Read more

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Which sedative is biggest for bi polar?Ambien, lunesta (eszopiclone) or silenor?

Which sedative is biggest for bi polar?Ambien, lunesta (eszopiclone) or silenor?

Lunesta (eszopiclone): Lunesta (eszopiclone) is by far the safest of the three. Ambien causes too much sleep-eating, sleep-walking, sleep talking, and even sleep driving. I have not seen any of this with lunesta (eszopiclone). Silenor is horrifically expensive for an old generic drug in low doses and is probably the closest in effect to benadryl. I don't know of anyone that has switched into mania on it, but it is a theoretical possibility. ...Read more

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Is mixing attivan and Ambien (zolpidem) (generic forms) safe to do?

Is mixing attivan and Ambien (zolpidem) (generic forms) safe to do?

Ambien/Ativan: Not recommend it since excess sedation can result. Talk to your doctor first. ...Read more

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Request Ambien (zolpidem) taper schedule. Current dose = Ambien (zolpidem) 5mg and Ambien (zolpidem) cr 6.5mg q.D. At bed for ssri taper. 1 month clear of ssri, doing well...Desire taper from ambien (zolpidem). Otc meds (melatonin) help?

Request Ambien (zolpidem) taper schedule.  Current dose = Ambien (zolpidem) 5mg and Ambien (zolpidem) cr 6.5mg q.D. At  bed for ssri taper.  1 month clear of ssri, doing well...Desire  taper from ambien (zolpidem).  Otc meds (melatonin) help?

Work w/your doctor: For this question, it's best to work with your own physician so that you and s/he can be on the same page together. You need to be followed so that help is available if any of your symptoms return, etc. ...Read more

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75mg doxylamine succinate and 9mg lunesta, (eszopiclone) is that safe?

Overdosing: Are you trying to harm yourself? High doses of Lunesta (eszopiclone) do not, in any way, increase the likelihood of sleep. This dose can harm your brain and your body. Please stop. ...Read more

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Are Valium and Ambien (zolpidem) similar?

Are Valium and Ambien (zolpidem) similar?

not really: Valium (diazepam) is a benzodiazepine tranquilizer. Although it helps with sleep, it is mainly for anxiety and muscle relaxation, and can be taken during the day if prescribed that way. Ambien (zolpidem) is chemically different, only used for sleep, never during the day, and is not a tranquilizer (anxiety reducer). Valium is also habit-forming, Ambien less so (but can be too). ...Read more

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Can Adderall ir (generic) or seroquel (quetiapine) (generic) cause kidney stones?

Can Adderall ir (generic) or seroquel (quetiapine) (generic) cause kidney stones?

Stimulant & Stones: Stimulants, like adderall, as well as seroquel (quetiapine) have potential anti-cholinergic side effects, which includes dehydration, which can increase the risk of developing kidney stones. If the use of these medications is indicated for you, to reduce the risk of kidney stones, drink 8-10 glasses water (8oz each) every day.If you are having pain or blood with urination or have questions, call your doctor. ...Read more

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What benzodiazepine is stronger: klonopin (clonazepam) or ativan (lorazepam)?

What benzodiazepine is stronger: klonopin (clonazepam) or ativan (lorazepam)?

They differ: Klonopin (clonazepam) is longer acting but takes just slightly longer to start working. Ativan works quicker but clears from your system quicker then Klonopin (clonazepam) although it can stay in your system for a while. ...Read more

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Best sleep aid--diphenhydramine hydrochloride or doxylamine succinate?

Best sleep aid--diphenhydramine hydrochloride or doxylamine succinate?

Both commonly used: Both of these are commonly used over-the-counter. They are sedating and help people fall and stay asleep to a greater or lesser degree depending on the person. Often tolerance develops if the person takes one or the other regularly. Melatonin is another otc medication that can help with sleep. Be sure to practice sleep hygiene -- structuring your sleep, avoid lying long periods not sleeping, etc. ...Read more

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Is name brand Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR better than the generic brands? I'm reading horror stories online about the generic brands.

Is name brand Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR better than the generic brands? I'm reading horror stories online about the generic brands.

Generic vs. brand: While generics are claimed to be the exact equivalent as brand name medications, individuals may respond better to trade name medications. However most patients tolerate the generics without problem. Since the generics are less expensive and usually have a lower co-pay, i would try it once. If it does not work as well as the brand, it will not take long to make that determination. ...Read more

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Amitriptyline or ativan, (lorazepam) which is better?

Amitriptyline or ativan, (lorazepam) which is better?

Neither: Amitriptyline is an antidepressant. Ativan (lorazepam) is an antianxiety medication. The have two different mechanisms of action and two different effects. Contact your doctor to determine which is best for you and your circumstances. ...Read more

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