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Hey Argy, Trazadone was probably the first med I used for sleep and it worked off and on up untill I reached the max dose my doc was willing to prescribe of 450 mgs, yup, sounds like a whopping dose but like any sleep med, you grow tolerant to it. The bad side effect was the horriable dry mouth it caused and the long term effect it had on my teeth.

I really haven't heard horror stories of getting off ambien, the weird stories are the sleep walking and the hypnotyic state it can indiuce, I finally gave up on it when my wife woke me at 4am when I was making the bed with her still in it. I also have some mighty big scars on my thigh from smoking while taking the stuff. I would get up, wander around the house, Chow down on anything that seemed apealing in my sleep and then light up and burn holes in my legs. Fortunately I don't have any feeling in my thighs so debreeding the scars and treating the burns wasn't painful, but it does look like I took a hand granade in the upper right thigh from repeated deep burns. I remeber once the smoke from my sweats woke me up and I pourred a glass of soda in my lap to put it out. A couple inches to the left and things could have gotten really ugly.

Be careful with any med you take, most meds specifically designed for sleep, regardless of how safe the tV comercial may make it seem, fall into the hypnotic tranq family which means you can do anything from sleep walking, sleepooking and eating to actually driving in a hypnotic state if your not careful. Also be sure to talk to your dentist about preventive risnes and artifical saliva salutions to protect your teeth from the side efect of dry mouth. Be sure to keep a glass of water next to your bed so your not spending thousands fixing teeth only to have them all ripped out a few years down the road. The sleep aids were the worst as far as dry mouth and for some reason, the effect meds have on teeth isn't a catagory they look at when doing clinical trials and studdies.

I think whatever you take, it's best to rotate it, skip a few days on and off to try to keep it working for as long as possible. Falling asleep has never really been the problem, it's staying asleep I don't have any luck with. I haven't resolved that problem in 8 years since the last surgery.

They are all probably worth trying and it's probably best to talk up front with your doc about rotating sleeping meds every month or two to keep something working, Even if it only works a couple times a month it's better than going years without a full night sleep, trust me, it's possible and it has to make pain harder to manage and it also has a great effect on short term memory, cognative ability and many other aspects that are tied to proper sleep.

I was talking to my shrink a last year about the cos of meds and where the paharcuetical companies are spending their money on research. He said due to the huge number of baby boomers all hitting their twilight years and the normal problems asociated with sleep and aging, reserch in this area is going tobe extremely profitable as we see more and more new sleep meds hit themarket. Hopefuly CP patients wil also benefit from this research.

Another thing to rule out is restless leg syndrome. Many opiates can cause RLS, twitching and jerking throughout the night which is a major problem for CP patients trying to find a decent nights sleep.You really need someone to tell you if that's what's going on or video yourself while you sleep. RLS is treated very differently than sleep probblems. I tried the parkinsons meds like Mirpex and Requip but they made me sick as a dog. Klonopin helps with the RLS but once you develop RLS you're about 4 times more likely to develop parkinsons. Another fun thing to look forward too.

Good luck Dave
[QUOTE=Shoreline;2956456]Another thing to rule out is restless leg syndrome. Many opiates can cause RLS, twitching and jerking throughout the night which is a major problem for CP patients trying to find a decent nights sleep.You really need someone to tell you if that's what's going on or video yourself while you sleep. RLS is treated very differently than sleep probblems. I tried the parkinsons meds like Mirpex and Requip but they made me sick as a dog. Klonopin helps with the RLS but once you develop RLS you're about 4 times more likely to develop parkinsons. Another fun thing to look forward too.

Good luck Dave


The link between RLS and PD is still being researched and is controversial. There has been no consensus that there is a link at this time, or that you will have a predisposition for either disease if you have on of them