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Old 10-30-2010, 05:13 AM   #31
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Re: Trazodone for sleep--quick questions!

Most sleep aids give me the opposite effect. Like Benadryll, or Tylenol PM, anything that says causes drowsiness, I get insomnia from it. I now take Klonopin every night and that's working ok for me. But thanks for the advice.

 
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I have a sleep disorder and tried Trazadone as well as all the other options. All were unsatisfactory in some way. Trazadone gave me a painful priapism that actually awakened me and also lasted several hours after AI awoke. I don't think it is really indicated for straight insomnia although it did make me drowsy.

I recently tried a new drug on the market called Silenor and it has worked for me -- For anyone with bad insomnia and who is taking something for it and isn't satisfied, all I can say is give it a try. Post back here if you do and let me know if it worked. Sleep disorders don't seem like they should be debilitating but mine is very disruptive to my life. Sleepy when I'm awake and awake when I should be sleeping- miserable.

 
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Old 01-08-2011, 03:40 PM   #33
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I have been on Trazadone 50mg for a few months. It definitely seems to help with sleep. At first it wasn't too good, but then Klonopin was added on top and it worked really well. Which was great because Ambien had quit working for me. Lunesta is expensive and really doesn't even work well. Any over-the-counters give me incredible hangovers.

I quit Trazadone as soon as I started Ritalin though. Those two combined had a very bad reaction in me. 15-20 mins after I took Trazadone when I started Ritalin, I got a very intense sensation of about to pass out. Vision blurred, and everything.

When it all comes down to it though, Ambien is my favorite. It works like a champ and doesn't give me any side effects (besides slight hallucination before I fall asleep). Problem is, I build up tolerence to Ambien too fast so I have to switch for a while.

I am interested in Silenor, I haven't heard of it before. Can anyone tell more?

 
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Re: Trazodone for sleep--quick questions!

I too, am a big proponent of trazadone. Started at 50 mgs. maybe 1.5 yrs. ago, and am now up to 300 mgs/night + 2 mgs. of Klonopin. Most of the time it works, however when it doesn't, IT DOESN'T, and those are the worst nights.
I was the one who initially did the research regarding anti-depressant/sleep aide, and presented it to my "shrink". He thought it was a pretty good drug to try for both. Have got to tell you though; doesn't do much for depression, even though 300 mgs. is considered a "therapeutic" dose.
Have got to check out Silenor -- always thinking that the grass is greener on the other side, ya know?

 
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Re: Trazodone for sleep--quick questions!

but, why you guys can't sleep?

 
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but, why you guys can't sleep?
Brain simply won't slow down enough. Too many racing thoughts that can't be turned off.

 
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Re: Trazodone for sleep--quick questions!

Sleepy_guy2, sleep disorder does not interfer with daily life? You need sleep in order to function.

I have asked you why you could not sleep but you did not answer me. It is ok, don't worry about it. Most people have no problem telling me cause we are on the "same boat".

I can tell you I did not sleep for 2 years in a row. I could function only by drinking coffee.
I made sure I did not drink too much. only 4 cups a day.

I am so sorry it took you 40 years to find the right sleeping medication for sleep.

I have this feeling you are not going to tell me why you cannot sleep naturally. It is ok, do not worry about it.
I wish you all the best. May one day you will be able to sleep naturally.

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Re: Trazodone for sleep--quick questions!

When I took Trazodone....

25 did put me to sleep, but only for the first few days. Tolerance developed quickly. And anything over 50mg gave me a BRUTAL headache the next day.

I did not take it with food and did not experience any stomach upset.

So it did what it was supposed to do, but I've never experienced a tolerance that quickly. And the headaches on higher doses made it impossible for me to take.

Good luck

 
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When I took Trazodone....

25 did put me to sleep, but only for the first few days. Tolerance developed quickly. And anything over 50mg gave me a BRUTAL headache the next day.

I did not take it with food and did not experience any stomach upset.

So it did what it was supposed to do, but I've never experienced a tolerance that quickly. And the headaches on higher doses made it impossible for me to take.

Good luck
I had a similar experience, took 25mg at 4:30 out of desperation, worked ok, took it the next night at 11pm, was tired all day, so I took a half of that (quarter tablet) the next night and was just as tired the next day. So the next night I took about an 1/8 and it did nothing, the next night I went back to a quarter and now it does nothing! Not sure what is going on, but I'm very frustrated as I can't sleep on my own. What was the next step for the people it didn't work for?

 
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I had a similar experience, took 25mg at 4:30 out of desperation, worked ok, took it the next night at 11pm, was tired all day, so I took a half of that (quarter tablet) the next night and was just as tired the next day. So the next night I took about an 1/8 and it did nothing, the next night I went back to a quarter and now it does nothing! Not sure what is going on, but I'm very frustrated as I can't sleep on my own. What was the next step for the people it didn't work for?
Well, maybe it's not right for you then. Trazodone was not right for me. I've been playing this psych med game for many many years now and it wasn't until now that I figured out a COMBINATION might be the key for me (as advised by your dr, of course). So right now I'm on a strict schedule of:

9pm - 7.5mg Remeron for chronic insomnia
6am - 50mg Nuvigil (for wakefulness due to CFS and the Remeron hangover), as well as 1mg Klonopin (or more as needed for emergencies).

I have to take the Klonopin because I have OCD and the Nuvigil activates my scary thoughts. So in my case it's about finding a balance, what counters what to give you the results you want.

 
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Re: Trazodone for sleep--quick questions!

Wow that's a lot of meds. I've never really had to take anything before and I don't really have any other conditions, so I hope it does't come to that. I am going to look into seeing a sleep specialist. I think the primary problem is that I've just psyched myself out so there is a block &/or anxiety surrounding sleep.

 
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Wow that's a lot of meds. I've never really had to take anything before and I don't really have any other conditions, so I hope it does't come to that. I am going to look into seeing a sleep specialist. I think the primary problem is that I've just psyched myself out so there is a block &/or anxiety surrounding sleep.
It is? lol Actually I think 3 is a reasonable amount. I would be very very hesitant to take any more though. I used to be completely anti-med, but I've finally given in and am learning to appreciate the good intentions surrounding them.


And about that sleep block... I COMPELTELY agree with you there. I now psych myself out whenever I try to fall asleep, and before I know it, sleep never comes. I just don't know how to get out of that block surrounding sleep :\

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I would appericate it if it worked lol. It seems hit or miss, it worked for the first time in days last night. Not sure why except I may have had an "emptier" stomach and the half I sliced may have been a tab bigger. Still can't decide it the lethargia I feel from the med is worse or better than being just tired or if it's all lethargia or I'm just tired. I am seeing a sleep specialist on the 23rd. I wish I was sonner as I'm going away the next weekend I don't want to be suffering like this.

Do you know if it's safe to drink valarium tea with the trazadone?

 
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I have been taking Trazadone for years, and I like it because the side effects are minimal compared to other sleep medications. It doesn't seem to matter if I take it with food, or not, I don't get nausea or anything. But the unique thing about this medication, is that there is sort of a "window" of time you have for it to work. You will get sleepy, but it will wear off if you get up and do things, and it will be like you never took it. So, you need to take it and then get directly in bed. Everyone is different, and side effects will differ if you are taking other meds that will interact with it; but for me, the only side effect has been strange dreams. Some of them are terrible ones, that I can still remember years later; but most of them are random and bizarre. I have fun thinking about them, and wondering what they meant when I wake up

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OK, so I've been on Ambien, Lunesta, Amptryptiline, and Klonopin for sleep, and I went to my first psychiatrist appointment and was given Trazodone. I have a few questions:

1. I was told to take 25 mg for a couple nights and 50 mg if that doesn't work. What dosage are you on for sleep, if you take this drug? This seems like a low dose, from what I've read.

2. How long does it take to kick in? How long before I want to sleep should I take it?

3. It says on the instructions to take with food. Is that really necessary, for sleep? I don't usually eat before bed, but I guess I should, in this case?

4. What kind of success have you had with this med, for sleep?

I have been on Trazodone for years with no repercussions. It does take appx 6 weeks to fully kick in and my doctor increased the does in the beginning and the result was finally good sleep. Don't worry about the dreams - you are dreaming! Which means you are getting a healthy sleep which helps the brain repair. Simply eating a cracker with the pill helps. After many years my doctor is taking me off the trazodone now and moving me onto Melatonin - it must be sublingual - this is very very helpful and have been able to back off the Trazodone now and almost off it. Melatonin is something the brain naturally creates but as we get older it decreases production or in people with depression can be very little or no creation. I hope this helps and I am glad to hear you are seeing a psychiatrist and not just a GP as a brain specialist (psychiatrist) will be able to help more efficiently.

5. What kind of side effects have you experienced?


Thanks so much in advance for your help! I'd really like to get answers to questions 2 and 3 before tonight, if anyone can help. Thanks!

 
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