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    Old 10-08-2007, 04:39 PM   #1
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    Tried Lunesta 3mg & Nothing! What's the Problem?

    Hi everyone. I was on melatonin and it was working pretty well, but found out it's been messing with my hormones so I had to stop taking it.

    The dr. gave me samples of lunesta and 3 mg. did nothing last night. I was really disappointed.

    Has anyone taken more than 3 mg. in order for it to work? I took it a half hour before bed...anyone have other ideas?

    I've been reading posts and it seems to work for people.

    Now I have to search for other sleep ideas...the insomnia is bad right now.

    Any feedback is appreciated.

    Thank you.

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    Old 10-09-2007, 04:55 PM   #2
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    Re: Tried Lunesta 3mg & Nothing! What's the Problem?

    From what I've seen 3 mg is the highest dosage for Lunesta. I do know that different meds work differently for people. I was given Rozerem and it did absolutely nothing to help me sleep so I was given Ambien which works for me. Ambien Cr caused me to sleep walk and sleep drive so I immediately stopped taking it.

    Lately I've been listening to a rain Cd and taking Benadryl(have to be careful because it can elavate the blood pressure up). So far this has been working for me.

    Before, I used to take valerian root and it would help.

    Good Luck Salty!

     
    Old 10-09-2007, 07:55 PM   #3
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    Re: Tried Lunesta 3mg & Nothing! What's the Problem?

    Thank you for posting aleet7. Why did you stop taking valerian? How did you take it, by capsule? How much?

    That rain CD sounds great. Rozerem was like taking a placebo for me. I went back to trazodone last night, but I swear it thins my hair and that really makes my anxiety worse!

    I've tried Benedryl and sometimes it works and other times it doesn't. I know I don't need my bp raised.

    I'm thinking about the valerian...does it KEEP you asleep? Most of the things I have tried put me to sleep, but then I wake up 3-4 hours later.

    I appreciate your input.

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    Old 10-10-2007, 07:46 PM   #4
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    Re: Tried Lunesta 3mg & Nothing! What's the Problem?

    Because insomnia is normally the result of something else and a symptomatic sleep disorder sleep med's can actually aggravate the insomnia and its source. Direct from the FDA pharmakinetics info available...

    Because sleep disturbances may be the presenting manifestation of a physical (hypopnea/sleep apnea/sleep paralysis/etc..) and/or psychiatric disorder (stress, anxiety, depression), symptomatic treatment of insomnia should be initiated only after a careful evaluation of the patient. Basically, make sure that the possible sources are eliminated first before treating the insomnia.

    The failure of insomnia to remit after 7 to 10 days of treatment may indicate the presence of a primary psychiatric and/or medical illness that should be evaluated. If a week on Lunesta doesn't work.. it is not insomnia alone that is the source.. something else is causing it. And review by a sleep specialist is a must. Worsening of insomnia or the emergence of new thinking or behavior abnormalities may be the consequence of an unrecognized psychiatric or physical disorder.

    Now I know your were a Melatonin fan and it worked well for you. What is different between the two drugs/supplaments?

    Melatonin is a natural hormone that you produce in the dark.. which promotes relaxation and sleep.

    Lunesta is not a natural hormone, but a nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic agent that is a pyrrolopyrazine derivative of the cyclopyrrolone class. Okay too much chemistry there.. Lunesta directly manipulates the sleep stages and can force extended periods in various sleep stages without allow for the establishment of a natural sleep rhythm. Depending on how Lunesta effects you or doesn't effect you.. the following side effects may be noted. 1) Anterograde amnesia and withdrawal effects may occur, especially with Lunesta.. increased forgetfullness and a decrease in cognetive abilities. 2) Residual daytime sedation and fatigue. 3) Rebound insomnia and withdrawal symptoms may occure when used for more than 7-14 days continuous.

    So I can not tell you for sure what is up but the people that make and test Lunesta recommend a 7 day trail period.. if adverse effects arise or a lack of improvement in the insomnia is evident. Discontinue and look to another source for the insomnia.

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    Old 10-11-2007, 06:36 AM   #5
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    Re: Tried Lunesta 3mg & Nothing! What's the Problem?

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    Thank you for posting aleet7. Why did you stop taking valerian? How did you take it, by capsule? How much?

    That rain CD sounds great. Rozerem was like taking a placebo for me. I went back to trazodone last night, but I swear it thins my hair and that really makes my anxiety worse!

    I've tried Benedryl and sometimes it works and other times it doesn't. I know I don't need my bp raised.

    I'm thinking about the valerian...does it KEEP you asleep? Most of the things I have tried put me to sleep, but then I wake up 3-4 hours later.

    I appreciate your input.

    Salty
    I've taken valerian root in a capsule form and it did make me sleep through the night(with vivid dreams). I stopped taking it because for some reason it doesn't work as well for me now. The rain cd is awesome! It not only puts me out but it does the same for dear husband! He is part of my problem because he snores like a locomotive when he doesn't wear his c-pap machine!
    Recently I've been taking the benadryl because my nose stops up and I suffer from hayfever so it does dual work for me. But I monitor my bp regularly.

    Good Luck Salty!

     
    Old 10-11-2007, 07:10 AM   #6
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    Re: Tried Lunesta 3mg & Nothing! What's the Problem?

    Hi Salty,

    Here are a couple of thoughts for you:

    First, is there any chance that you have Bipolar Disorder (BPD)? Sometimes, hypomania manifests itself as irritability and insomnia instead of the euphoria that most people think of when they think of mania. If that's a possibility in your case, you probably really need a mood stabilizer more than a sleeping pill. Sleeping pills can be useless and can even cause mania in a person with BPD. I don't know if you are seeing a shrink or a GP, but I would highly recommend a shrink.

    Second, if you were taking melatonin and suddenly stopped it, I expect that's your problem. It will take time for your body to go back to producing it's own melatonin instead of getting it in pill form. I think that it would be wise to go back on a reduced dose of it - say, maybe half - and then taper it.

     
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    Re: Tried Lunesta 3mg & Nothing! What's the Problem?

    Oh, and P.S, you can help increase your body's production of melatonin by exposing yourself to bright light early in the day and limiting your exposure to it late in the day. The light from computers and tvs, unfortunately, emit alot of blue light which is especially stimulating. Therefore, you want to stay away from them before bedtime.

     
    Old 10-11-2007, 04:20 PM   #8
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    Re: Tried Lunesta 3mg & Nothing! What's the Problem?

    Thank all of you for your help. I really appreciate your comments and feedback.

    Salty

     
    Old 12-02-2007, 11:02 AM   #9
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    Re: Tried Lunesta 3mg & Nothing! What's the Problem?

    if lunesta is what is sold in europe as zopiclon, i would say the problem is dosage. i take 7.5 mg before sleep, it doesn't "knock me down" but it makes me feel tired, and ABLE to fall asleep.

     
    Old 12-03-2007, 03:16 PM   #10
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    Re: Tried Lunesta 3mg & Nothing! What's the Problem?

    Thank you marcus126. Have you had any bad side effects from it? Do you take it every night?

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