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4/12/11 8:20 A

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Hi!
I have trouble staying asleep and have tried everything! After about a week, no matter what it is, it stops working for me. I've been taking Valerian Root lately and although it doesn't help me sleep through the night, it does make those wake up times more restful for me.

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4/11/11 3:40 A

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Wow that is interesting Misswalley, I didn't know about melatonin's interaction with SSRI's. Thanks for sharing.
I have Ambien and it works for me. Just knowing I have it if I need it means I don't have to take it that often. I've tried pretty much everything but only prescription meds do it for me.
Insomnia is horrible, I feel so fortunate I've found something that works after years of struggling.

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4/10/11 1:35 A

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You have to be careful with melatonin if you are taking anti-depressants though. The interaction can cause your MOAIs or SSRIs to stop working.

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3/28/11 11:32 A

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I recently saw an article that said that Lemon Balm helps you to de-stress, so helps with sleep problems. It recommended a product called Mellissa, so far I've only found that it's sold in Wal-green's. The product contains some B vitamins, Chamomile and Lemon Balm. It's pricey, but seems to help and so far no side effects.

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3/6/11 4:48 P

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I have tried over the counter sleep aids and other medications but they always left me groggy the next day. I started taking melatonin and 5-HTP before bed about a year ago and they did help and I felt fine in the morning but they didn't work every night. I like the amino acids, I am sensitive to drugs and I don't notice any side effects from them. I found out some more about amino acid therapy and got a test done that checked my neurotransmitter and adrenal hormone levels. About half of the amino acids and hormones the panel tested for were way below where they should have been and I have been on the regimen they recommended for a week now. I feel better each day and my sleep is not perfect but the quality and quantity is much better, one bad night is not killing me the next day. One thing they did recommend before bed was 100 mg of GABA. I purchased mine from Vitacost.com, it is a sublingual and I do not recommend the peppermint flavor, it tastes like an antacid. I need to get retested in 8 weeks to see if my levels have rebounded, I will post again after I get those results.

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3/3/11 10:18 P

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Tried ambien, worked for a while, but would wake up about 3am and have too many thoughts running through my head to get back to sleep, so my Dr. put me on more xanax 1mg and that has really helped! He told me to only take the ambien if needed and so far I haven't needed to. I have also tried melatonin and valerian, worked some too. I have sleep apnea so use a CPAP as well. I have also tried those delta wave tapes with ambient noise or music. Those just keep me awake all night! Although I have a noise machine and rain or a brook will help me get to sleep as well.

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2/18/11 2:38 A

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Melatonin worked for me for awhile. I liked it because it was a natural product since it is something that the body produces for sleep. I started taking half a tablet and it worked for quite awhile, no morning drowsiness, headache or anything like that. Then it stopped working so my doctor said it was ok to increase by half a tablet until I was taking two. Anything more than that is more harmful than good. When it quit working, I stopped taking it and haven't tried it for a long time. So I don't know about the rotation thing, but it makes sense.
I got it at Rite Aid, they didn't have it at Fred Meyer or Safeway, so I would try there or like Walgreens.
Hope this helps!

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2/17/11 11:08 P

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I was taking MidNite - worked nice after 3 uses. However, I've developed a wheat allergy and gluten sensitivity and had to discontinue use. I try not to take Diphenhydramine as I'm looking for a gluten free one and they are actually starting to make me stay up.

I was wondering about Melatonin. I understand that you have to take it on rotation- so many weeks on, so many off. I'm having trouble locating it at present but I'd like to know others experiences.

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2/2/11 2:07 A

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I have had insomnia off and on for eight years. During that time I have tried several different medications, natural remedies, sleep sprays and accupressure. It always seemed like they would work for awhile then one day quit. The side affects weren't worth it to me. I shouldn't have to take two more medications to counteract the side effects of another. Currently I have been doing self-hypnosis because of tmj problems and to help relax my muscles and get more sound sleep. It seems to work, but then again it might be a temporary fix and I have been so busy with school and have been exercising a lot that I might be exhausted at the end of the day. Its hard to tell, because I still have nights when my mind is just racing when I am trying to fall asleep.

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1/19/11 4:18 P

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Hi Dave,
I have been taking Diphenhydramine for 8+ years ever since my thoracic stroke( nerve pain) It is the only thing I can take that does not make me rummy or fuzzy in my head. I agree this is the best so far however my goal is to figure how to incorporate the right exercises and the right amount to make me soo exhausted at night maybe I can sleep without medication.
any ideas out there?
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1/19/11 10:00 A

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That is so interesting, who would have thought! Gotta love Costco! Thanks for sharing that bigdavej

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No, I definitely would not say you have RLS. I have had this feeling in my legs since I was a teenager. Never had a name for it until recent years when I saw the commercial on TV for medication. When I heard the term Restless Legs Syndrome, I KNEW that's what I had. It is a terrible feeling, like creepy crawlies inside your legs, and I am not able to keep my legs still. If I TRY to keep them still, they will jerk involuntarily. The only thing that makes the feeling go away is pacing -- not what you want to do all night. The only other thing is medication. Tried Requip, made me sick. Taking Mirapex. It's a miracle for me. Has improved my quality of life tremendously. I'm happy for you that you don't have RLS. There are a lot worse things... I mean, it's not life threatening, but does cause a lot of discomfort and sleep deprivation.
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1/17/11 7:43 A

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Just moving my legs/feet while in bed justifies medication for Restless Leg Syndrome? I call it normal sleep. Just looking for a better sleeping solution!
John/NY , not diagnosed with restless leg syndrome.


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1/11/11 6:18 A

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seroquol will make you gain a butt load of weight !! i gained over 50 lbs with it, now that i have been off it for 2 years i have lost it all.,but i wouldn't advise it to anyone..just saying

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I have Restless Legs Syndrome and I take Mirapex for that, which makes me drowsy initially, but it doesn't last long (as far as the drowsiness). It has helped my RLS tremendously, though. I was taking Benedryl, but it seems to make my RLS worse. My dr said he could give me Ambien, but I was kind of afraid to take it, so he prescribed Atarax (generic is Hydroxyzine), another antihistamine, and it works sometimes, not all the time. Between the Mirapex and the Atarax, I am sleepy early, but then will often wake up at 2 or 3 and be up for the day, or I may get sleepy again by 5 or 6, and get a couple more hours of sleep if I can (depending on what time I have to get up that day). I have take melatonin a few times, but it doesn't seem to do anything for me. I have heard of valerian and would like to try that.
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12/1/10 1:28 P

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A while back while at Costco getting my Ambien refilled, the cashier asked me how well they worked. I told her I could only take them every 3 or 4 days and she took me to the over the counter section and pulled a bottle of Kirkland sleep aid and a bottle of Kirkland allergy medicine, (benadryl. Showed me the active ingredients and they were identical, diphenhydramine HCL 25 mg. The drugest had showed this comparison to her and said that since it is such a small dose that taking up to 4 per night was acceptable and the bottle of 400 generic benadryl sold for $3.50. I bought a bottle and do use them regularly, worth a try.
My all time favorite is 2+ hours of tennis or vollelyball in the evening, wipes me out and I sleep so much better.

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11/28/10 10:03 P

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I've tried just about every medication out there, they work for awhile. I'm find that if I just stay up for about 20hrs then I'll sleep for 7 to 9. I'm not working so that works for me.
I'm bipolar and right now I'm in a manic depressive cycle so with the increase of antidepressants I'm going to be sleeping more.. but I don't recommend bipolar as a cure for insomnia LOL

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I'm taking Celexa (citalopram) 20MG's and three 50MG's of seoquil. These drugs put me right to sleep and the sleep lasts six hours to seven hours for me.
This is enough for me,but, sometimes, the insomnia comes back with a fury. I can't sleep for 3-4 hours and sometimes not at all,for six days. In this case I try to let the insomnia to "work itself out of my body".blubering here.
Usually, I take the sleep aid Ambien and it works beautiful for several hours. John

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11/25/10 11:37 P

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I feel like i've tried everything. Trazadone, Ambien, Lunesta, Seroquel, temazepam and benedryl. One day one will work, the next day i'm double dosing and still cant get to sleep (took a temazepam almost an hour ago and am still up posting!). I think i'm going to try taking a muscle relaxer in a few minutes.
Seroquel worked for me, but the side effects were totally not worth it. I feel like a zombie the entire next day. It's also known to cause unexplainable weight gain but i hadnt been on it long enough to find out. My nephew was taking it for bi polar disorder and gained tons of weight. He was taken off and the weight went shortly after.

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I find that a certain med may work for a while but then it will stop working, such as Trazodone, which was a miracle drug for me for about 8 months. Most others have too many side effects. The worst one is feeling paralyzed and sluggish the next day: Hydroxyzine, Chlonodine (sp?). Seroquil works for a couple of days and then doesn't. Klonopin works pretty well but my new doc wont prescribe it, and it only works for 2 weeks at a time. I've tried every natural remedy, including Valarian, Melatonin, L-Tryptophan, other mixtures of herbs. Going to the Dr. today and asking to try a muscle relaxant. I have to do something because I am going crazy!!!

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11/3/10 5:46 P

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At the moment, I'm taking (generic) zanaflex, which seems to be, mostly, helping. I have suspected fibromyalgia, which, from my research seems to be more a sleep disorder than anything, even though they always say it is neuromuscular. So for fibro, I just take the zanaflex (a muscle relaxant) at night. I don't ALWAYS sleep well on it, but I've had many more good nights with it than without. I used to have maybe one a month that was decent, and now it's more often than not. I like that in a sleep! ;-)

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Ambien and Benadryl.

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9/28/10 11:23 A

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I sometimes take Valerian Root in capsule form.

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I generally don't take any meds for sleep, but, I used to avoid Benadryl antihistamines because they would make me too drowsy to work. I had switched to only loratadine (generic Claritin). I recently rediscovered that occasionally taking a Benadryl right before bed would help me get a better night's sleep, if I am having sinus congestion, and avoid a migraine. I just have to remember to not take a loratadine earlier in the day since they are 24 hour pills.



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Medicines don't work for me.
Celestial Seasonings "Sleepy Time" tea does though :)

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9/4/10 12:14 P

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I have tried most drugs to help me sleep. Currently I take Zopliclone, Melatonin, Phenergan, Geodon just as a sleep aid and then some more to keep me from getting depressed.

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I recently tried Ambien but it would take two hours for it to kick in and I had to take two of them at a time (more than I'm supposed to take, I know) but it was causing me to do really weird stuff, like I barely remember ordering some stuff off of some infomercials and I would post some REALLY weird status updates on Facebook. I'm afraid to ask for a refill but it's the only thing I've tried so far that works. I am thinking about asking about Seroquel though.

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Why are you discontinuing the Seroquel. Do you have another plan to help with the anxiety and depression? If its working and you are not abusing it or bothered by side effects it seems there would be no reason to stop.

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The only med that has worked for me is Seroquel. I have been prescribed 100 mg. Trying to get off of them (with Dr. knowing) I have reduced to 50 mg. Still works. Prescribed for anxiety and depression. However, a side effect is sleeping all night. I have heard that this med is being abused due to it's work with helping one sleep. I am trying to get off of it though.

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Bascially its upto us as medicines arent the answer. I often get up thinking I may as well do something as lie here awake for hours.Its my mind I need to be able to switch off. My body is tired my mind inst! Ree. emoticon Thats what we need, without it I am emoticon

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I take Trazodone 200 mg or Elavil 30 mg.

I've tried everything. Tylenol PM has little effect, Melatonin is a joke. Ambien may or may not work.

I can't sleep for more than 2 hrs at a time.

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melatonin worked so good for me in the winter, but now seems to have little effect! emoticon

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Usually don't bother with sleeping meds because most have the opposite effect on me and I get very restless. I do take valerian and melatonin from time to time though.

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I dont take sleeping pills as they make me feel doped all the following day. Somemtimes indesperation I take half a strong pain killer which then has a realaxing efect. I do take some herbal pils Kalms on a bad night. Irene

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