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    Old 04-22-2004, 12:30 PM   #1
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    Sleeping pills, Melatonin or Elavil?

    Hi,

    This past month I have had sleep problems either due to nerve pains or anxiety. Some nights I can sleep better and some nights I cannot sleep at all. I have tried Melatonin (one pill a day before sleep at night). I find that it is not strong enough.

    Is sleeping pills or Elavil more stronger? are there side effects?

     
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    Old 04-22-2004, 03:56 PM   #2
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    Re: Sleeping pills, Melatonin or Elavil?

    melatonin helps sometimes and cant do any harm, maybe up the dose
    sleeping pills help for a while but eventually all stop working

    elavil is an antidepressant that would need to be taken daily and often reduces stress and anxiety

     
    Old 04-22-2004, 09:57 PM   #3
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    Re: Sleeping pills, Melatonin or Elavil?

    hry33,

    The reason why I am cautious about overusing Melatonin is that it is known to contain Vitamin B6. Since I have possible nerve problems, I don't want to overdo it on the Vitamin B6, because this vitamin is also known to cause nerve problems if taken too much. Thanks anyway.

     
    Old 04-28-2004, 05:04 AM   #4
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    Re: Sleeping pills, Melatonin or Elavil?

    I've used both. The melatonin made me very sleepy very quickly, but it also gave me very vivid, disturbing dreams. Also, keep in mind that melatonin is not regulated by the FDA and is considered a food supplement. It seems to be relatively safe, though, since in the US they only use synthetic melatonin, as opposed to "natural" melatonin which is made from ground up bovine pituitary glands. This is why it's banned in Canada.
    The Elavil worked fine for me at first but then I built up a tolerance. I also realized that the Elavil was aggravating my PLMD (Periodic Leg Movement Disorder.)
    I'm now using Remeron (there are many drugs used for insomnia, and it's kind of hit and miss on which one will work best for you.)

     
    Old 04-29-2004, 07:05 PM   #5
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    Re: Sleeping pills, Melatonin or Elavil?

    What's really odd is that the only thing I have found effective for me to sleep well is Benadryll, which is an antihistamine. I have tried melatonin, Elavil, Xanax, and the list goes on and on. Actually, my regular physician was the one that told me to take it. I only use 50 mg., which is the norm, every night and I'm asleep within an hour. I've been doing this for about 2 years and I've never had to take more than the regular dose. Has anyone else tried this?

     
    Old 05-03-2004, 02:51 PM   #6
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    The melatonin is helping me get to sleep, it does not make me groggy. Before was prescribed amitriptyline for a couple years, it helped as a antihistimine, headaches/migraine, helped me sleep but the daytime sedation was rediculous and I could no longer take it due to the side affects. The neuro said I could try the nor...forget the name, is in the same family, but I would not want anything cardiotoxic, been there done that. Hope you find something that works!

     
    Old 05-03-2004, 03:10 PM   #7
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    Re: Sleeping pills, Melatonin or Elavil?

    i also use an antihistamine called periactin to get me off to sleep, it helps

     
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