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Old 01-24-2013, 02:00 PM   #21
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Wife took Ambien after her knee replacement. Had some GREAT pillow talk with her during that time. OnceI starterd telling her the stuff she was saying she stopped taking it. Fun while it lasted.
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Restoril leaves me drugged. Neither Ambien nor Lunesta keep me asleep. Micro doses of amitriptyline (25mg, about 10% of what I would give depressed patients) work if taken regularly. .
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Are you a doctor?
I was a clinical psychotherapist. The psychiatrists I worked with trusted my judgement enough to let me judge our patients medical needs. I would write out the prescriptions as I saw fit and they would sign them. Amitryptiline (Elavil) was a standard tricyclic antidepressant in use at the time. It has many non psychiatric uses today.
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Ambien....one hell of a drug. Mom gave me one to take when my back was keeping me up (yes I know get that addressed). Took that sucker when I got home, put the little one to sleep, then I went to sleep. Apparently around midnight I decided to run off to the store for beer, came home and started drinking. Fortunately the beer was taken away by my not very happy girlfriend and I was put back in bed. I'd say stay away from it, unless the doctor says there is no other way, my little incedent could have ended tragically.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:23 PM   #26
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but if you do have almost any minor issue where medication is recommended- please try lifestyle changes before trying a pill.
wanted to fix this and QFT. so tired of this generation that wants to fix everything with a pill...and have to take another pill to combat the side effects of another.
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More warning about Ambien. A couple members of my family are addicted to it. That stuff doesn't mess around. VERY habit forming and so easy to get hooked. I would avoid it if you can unless you want to be stuck on it for the next decade.
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over the counter PM stuff occasionally

i have trouble sleeping if i drink caffeine after 5
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I can tire my body but not my mind if that makes sense. If I can't somewhat turn it off upstairs then I can't sleep.

Colacock- in this situation I didn't just look for a magic pill immediately. I've done pretty much all I can do. This has been a problem for probably about 6 years now.

I don't want to get on sleeping pills because I easily build tolerance to pills and that can get me in trouble...but sometimes I feel like I need a guaranteed shutdown to refresh.
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I can tire my body but not my mind if that makes sense. If I can't somewhat turn it off upstairs then I can't sleep.

Colacock- in this situation I didn't just look for a magic pill immediately. I've done pretty much all I can do. This has been a problem for probably about 6 years now.

I don't want to get on sleeping pills because I easily build tolerance to pills and that can get me in trouble...but sometimes I feel like I need a guaranteed shutdown to refresh.
You say you've done all you can do- what have you tried?
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I can tire my body but not my mind if that makes sense. If I can't somewhat turn it off upstairs then I can't sleep.

Colacock- in this situation I didn't just look for a magic pill immediately. I've done pretty much all I can do. This has been a problem for probably about 6 years now. .
I'm not calling you a wimp or anything, don't get me wrong. I also totally agree, having so much going on mentally is a lot more difficult to control than the physical. My job is high stress and I speak to people ALL day long and depend on others to make me look good...so I constantly worry and stress.

My solution is to make sure I have at least 30 minutes when I get home to be silent and speak to no one. I play with the dog or get online and let loose...unload, if you will.

I also don't engage in "work" discussion whenever I get off in place of normal conversation with friends that many people resort to. Maybe you could try placing a larger barrier between work and your personal life.
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You say you've done all you can do- what have you tried?
Reading
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Really just normal things to take the edge off


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One of the problems I think is my anxiety. I take 1 Paxil everyday and Ativan when it gets bad. I don't let it stop my day or anything anymore but sometimes it's a b$)@& to slow down your thoughts and stuff

One reason I try to stay away from the Ativan is because I got to where I used it for sleep, but it's highly addictive and you can build a tolerance to it. They also say large doses of it can lead to bad things. So...there's that.lol

If they would just legalize pot I could probably take a hit, mellow out, then hit the hay but it is what it is. Plenty of people have sleeping problems so to speak.
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Taking the anxiety meds inconsistently is more than likely causing the sleeplessness. My mom takes trazodone to sleep. For whatever it's worth, atavan is like the baby aspirin of anxiety meds. You will not get addicted to it, and it will not cause "bad things". You may, however, become immune to it.
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Most of the time Ativan is given in small doses... .25 or .5 mg. mine are 2 mg. my wife's mother is a pharmacist and thry own 2 pharmacies. They don't have anyone taking that amount. I've already been addicted to it and had withdrawal from it. I was taking sometimes 10-16 mg a a time. My wife found my pill bottle and freaked. She's a nurse.
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Most of the time Ativan is given in small doses... .25 or .5 mg. mine are 2 mg. my wife's mother is a pharmacist and thry own 2 pharmacies. They don't have anyone taking that amount. I've already been addicted to it and had withdrawal from it. I was taking sometimes 10-16 mg a a time. My wife found my pill bottle and freaked. She's a nurse.
Then you clearly should be taken smaller doses of a more powerful drug. Consistently.
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Ativan is frequently prescribed 2mg-3mg two to three times per day for anxiety. Not unusual at all. If this is no longer working for you talk to your psychiatrist about possibly changing to another drug in the class such as Xanax or to a non-benzodiazepine drug.

You mentioned that you had not tried meditation in an off hand way. I suggest that you rethink that. Meditative practices ranging from traditional mindfulness ones to moving ones such as tai chi or chi gong have shown great promise. They range from free to low cost and have no side effects.
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Ativan is frequently prescribed 2mg-3mg two to three times per day for anxiety. Not unusual at all. If this is no longer working for you talk to your psychiatrist about possibly changing to another drug in the class such as Xanax or to a non-benzodiazepine drug.

You mentioned that you had not tried meditation in an off hand way. I suggest that you rethink that. Meditative practices ranging from traditional mindfulness ones to moving ones such as tai chi or chi gong have shown great promise. They range from free to low cost and have no side effects.
I've thought about meditating just never have. Probably will end up looking into it. I've not done much research on benzos or other meds so when they told me it was a high dose I just took them at their word. It's not the end of the world plenty of people have this problem. I actually don't like relying on a pill to sleep just kinda succumb to it.
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What time of day do you take your paxil? I have two bosses that take lexapro. One is new to it and couldnt sleep the other told him to stop taking it in tbe morning to take it about 7 with supper. After a week he was back to sleeping well. I dont have any experiences with not being able to sleep or taking pills but it is a thought. Mediatation is a good idea and i agree with colacock trying to leave work at work and zoning out for thirty minutes is what helps me
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I take ambien.

It gets me to sleep but it does not keep me asleep.

I do not have the sleeping pill hangover the next morning though.
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