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Dear Kittencaboodle,

I am a pain patient, and I use--what ends up being--a combination of two medications. First, I use ProSom (estazolam) 2mg, which is a mild benzodiazepine--related to Ativan (lorazepam), Xanax (alprazolam), and Valium (diazepam). ProSom also comes in 1mg tablets. ProSom is available in generic form, as well. ProSom easily splits down the middle, too.

Second, I use Elavil (amitriptyline) 50mg. Elavil is a very old medication that is, technically, a tricyclic antidepressant. This "kills two birds with one stone", as my doctor tells me. Elavil is effective in assisting with pain management, but also has sedative effects. So, the Elavil/ProSom combination has been very effective for me. However, I go through times when my body becomes tolerant of the medications. But, my body will then adjust, and my sleeping pattern will correct itself.

I have been on this "combo" since 1992! There was a time in 1995 or so when there was a problem with my pharmacy being able to purchase ProSom. I don't know why, exactly. So, I was placed on Halcion (triazolam) 0.25mg. At some time in the past, there was a law suit dealing with Halcion. The accusation--I THINK--was that someone taking Halcion killed their lover or spouse (or someone). They maintained that it was Halcion's fault!! So, if you are having domestic disputes, don't turn to Halcion for sleep relief!!! (I am just kidding, of course!) Please spare me the comments. I am just kidding.

Anyway...Kittencaboodle, I hope you find the right pharmacological means to get a good 8 hours of sleep!!

Truly, these sleep problems are not silly and are very important to our body's functioning! Please know that sleep is a valuable commodity!

Sincerely,
Jon