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Yes-with chronic use: Good question. The "z drugs" disrupt sleep less than benzodiazepines but there is evidence that there is some disruption with chronic use that becomes a big problem when people try to stop taking these drugs. See http://www.Mylwi.Com/ehealth-newsletter/why-you-shouldnt-confuse-ambien-use-with-sleep/ & http://weeksmd.Com/2013/04/sleeping-pills-and-death/ & http://bit.Ly/17uogmu for details. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do sleep aides (benadryl, ambien, sonata (zaleplon) ,lunesta, prosom, elavil) not work for me?
Shorter-acting muscle relaxants? Currently taking 1/2 a Soma (carisoprodol) at night for sleep/cervical spondylosis/fibromyalgia-like pain. Tired into daytime.
Yes: Actually, Ambien and Lunesta (eszopiclone) are benzodiazepines they have more specific activity for selective receptors directed at sedation, and have a short half life or time in your system, but they affect sleep architecture just like other benzodiazepines or alcohol, just in a milder manner. ...Read more
Taking 1/2 Soma at night for sleep/muscle spasms. Looking for shorter-acting muscle relax. That won't change natural sleep architecture.Tried flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl)?
Talk to your PCP: There are other frequently prescribed muscle relaxants including Flexeril and skelaxin (metaxalone). I generally prefer skelaxin (metaxalone) as it is better tolerated while Flexeril tends to be overly sedating. You should discuss with your primary care physician which medication is right for you. ...Read more
Try other means 1st: The best sleep is natural sleep. If you're having trouble sleeping, try simple changes: don't go to bed if you're not sleepy, avoid caffeine and alcohol, and don't exercise late in the day. Stay off your computer or phone late in the evening; bright screens can interfere with natural sleep cycles. Try meds only under a doctor's care and for occasional, not daily use. Good luck! ...Read more
Dr prescribed 50mg zoloft (sertraline) for depression, 80 mg propranolol for panic and .5 clonazepam for sleep from insomnia. Not sleeping. What otc sleep aid safe
Depends: Generally speaking, Lunesta (eszopiclone) may be better for sleep onset, trazodone for sleep maintenance, though there might be exceptions. Ideally, best approach to resolve sleep issues is to treat underlying cause (e.g. Depression, anxiety, sleep apnea), then practice sleep hygiene (sleep-promoting behaviors), and then consider meds for sleep. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What sedatives work best Ambien cr, sonata, (zaleplon) lunesta, rozerem or silenor?I take restoril but doesn't work.I can't sleep unless i take an extra seroquel.
Don't get dependent: Taking more and more sleep meds is a dangerous path. Figure out why you can't sleep; see your primary care md first. Eliminate caffeine; don't exercise too late in the evening; stay away from your cell phone and other bright screens just before going to bed. Don't go to bed until you're sleepy. May need referral to sleep lab. Try to get off all sleep meds. Good luck! ...Read more
1/2 soma, melatonin, mobic (meloxicam) & Mucinex taken at bedtime. Have sleep apnea controlled w/ cpap, fibro. Having dreams so vivid I confuse them w/ reality!?
Alcohol?: What you are describing happens when you wake up from rem sleep. Melatonin has nothing to do with it, it is not an fda approved medication, and I am not sure why you are taking it. None of the medications you listed is expected to cause vivid dreams. Alcohol, and certain sleeping pills could do that. Recovering from sleep deprivation (long work nights) can precipitate it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Now off psych medications, like geodon, (ziprasidone) klonopin, ativan, trazodone, that put me to sleep. Am now using Benadryl evernight4 sleep no relaxation or wood
Sleep: Since you have tried many medications for sleep it may be useful to change your lifestyle if you have not already. Daily exercise before 3pm, no caffeine after 3pm, no alcohol in the evening. If these methods do not work consult with a clinical psychologist who can help uncover the difficulties preventing sleep and how to develop better coping skills. My best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not typically: Imovane is a central nervous system depressant prescribed as a sleep aid medication (. Because imovane can worsen symptoms of respiratory disorders, people with sleep apnea, emphysema, asthma or bronchitis may not be able to safely take imovane. Never take any sleep aid without the supervision of a physician. ...Read more
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?
What puts you to sleep faster? 150 mg Trazodone or lunesta (eszopiclone) 3 mg? Which med is a stronger sleep aid?
Lunesta (eszopiclone): Trazodone was originally introduced as an antidepressant, but was found to help induce normal sleep. Lunesta (eszopiclone) was developed for use in chronic primary insomnia, and has demonstrated rapid onset, adequate duration, and no significant tolerance or side effects over time. ...Read more
Is taking 10 mg vicodan 3 x day.klonopin at nite to sleep. Hydroxyzine for interstitial cystitis. Imitrex (sumatriptan) for migraines too much? I have fibromyalgia
Impossible to say: If the 30 mg of hydrocodone a day is for fibromyalgia, then I would say its too much of the wrong drug. If it is for the hip fracture, and you are within a few weeks of the injury, it may be appropriate. Fibromyalgia is best treated with appropriate exercise and the use of both antidepressants and anticonvulsants. You aren't on anything to prevent migraine. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
33yrs w/SLE DESPERATE to sleep. Already on 2 many meds inc Narcotics. Melatonin, Tyl pm doesn't work cry w pain in sleep Suggestions? NOT NARCOTICS
Herb: 40's female with chronic pain of SLE has pain in bed & unrefreshing malignant sleep disturbance. Opiates, such as Norco, (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) can become ineffective as tolerance builds over time & opiates can be stimulating/arousing in some. Consult a physician sleep-expert. If not contraindicated, study medicinal cannabis & find a medicinal cannabis consultant. Cannabis indica encourages sleep and ameliorates pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What medication may reduce severe night-time bruxism? Eating thru guards. Already take 10mg flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) for neck oa.
Not good idea: Sleeping pills should only be taken here and there, now and then, not everyday for weeks/months/years. Sleeping pills should be effective through the night and stop working by morning, which means they should have short half-lives. Diazepam has a 20-100 hour half-life, so it is still in your system all day the next day and is not a good idea as a sleeping pill. ...Read more