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  • 1Taken Trazodone, Xanax, and over the counter sleep aids. What will work for me?

    I have a pretty colorful medical history as a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patient, which involves depression, anxiety, and fibromyalgia, a combination that induces some serious insomnia. By serious insomnia, I mean sleep anxiety: major panic attacks, racing stressful thoughts, worrying about my health, distracted by joint pain, and getting myself so worked up about the stress of trying to get my much-needed sleep that it's even harder for me to relax and get to bed. I use Cymbalta, Seasonique, and blood thinners for my other health issues, which seem under control. But as for sleep, I've been on various sleep aiding medications for years trying to find the right fit, some of which I cant even remember. At first I tried more organic approaches like Melatonin, Chamomile tea, meditation, the usual. It had absolutely no effect on me. Then, the doctors gave me Trazodone as an anti-depressant and sleep aid all in one. It worked really well for a pretty long time, but after a while it just lost its effects altogether, and I didn't feel that upping the dosage would help. My doctors then suggested that maybe my insomnia may be better treated by treating its individual causes: anxiety and pain. For this, I was then prescribed Xanax once nightly as a sleep aid for the night time anxiety, as well as regular over-the-counter Ibuprofen PMs nightly for pain relief. This was amazing; it basically eliminated all the tension, running thoughts, and anxiety that used to keep me up until dawn. It also helped take my mind off the physical pain while the Ibuprofen was able to tone it down. It was just a great new feeling of finally not stressing about sleep. Sleep was no longer a dreaded chore, but a time to wind down, relax, and finally feel confident in my ability to sleep soundly. It was my wonder drug, and it changed my life. But, unfortunately, it seems I've started developing a tolerance to the Xanax. I've been taking it for a very long time, a year perhaps, and during that time I've gone from .5mg a night to 2-3mg, depending on how stressed or anxious I'm feeling at the time, and at this point I am unsure if this is healthy anymore. I just keep needing more and more mg's to achieve that mindset of relaxation that I need just to fall asleep. I feel like this dosage increase could escalate into some dangerous addictive territory, and I've read a lot about the consequences of benzo addiction and withdrawal. Is my dosage at a point of addiction or abuse or am I just paranoid? Is it time to find a new sleep aid for me? Preferably something like I had before; something that will just calm me down and help me get over this night time stress that keeps me up and will make me drowsy enough to sleep through it. Any ideas on more more anxiety-oriented sleep aids that aren't so addictive or tolerance building? I've never tired downright sleeping pills like Ambien or Lunesta, just drowse-inducing anti depressants and anti anxieties, but perhaps I should give the more general ones a try? Or would you say my current situation is still healthy? At this point, with school full fledged, I'm desperate. I NEED to sleep, and I NEED to be alert in the morning. My sleep is more important now than ever. I will be speaking with my doctor about this very soon, but I still wanted to ask for some fresh opinions on how I should approach this issue.

  • 2My DR just prescribed Trazodone for sleep. Will it work?

  • 3Trazodone, Zoloft, and Xanax?

    I'm taking three pills prescribed for OCD symptoms , symptoms of depression , symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder , panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder . I am a woman of 15 , and I am a healthy weight and height . Expierenced have some weight increase from 115 to 120 , which is not much . Could someone tell me some expierences they had when taking any of these medicines ? I stopped taking Zoloft cold turkey once and went completely nuts I am actually getting worse now that I went back to him and I'll see if I can up my dose to 75 mg .

  • 4What is the best time to take natural herb sleep aids and which ones take the longest to work?

  • 5Can Trazodone used as a sleep aid cause depression?

    I can take 100 mg of trazodone every night during the week . I tried to take only 50 mg , but found that they fell asleep faster and sleep better with the higher dose . I started the medication about 4 weeks. The last week and a half to two weeks I have had terrible depression symptoms , and felt very antisocial . Never been known to show signs of depression , but they do have a family history of depression and bipolar disorder . It's what I feel connected with my medication or is this something new I am developing randomly ?

  • 6I have sleep, anxiety, depression, and PTSD issues but I keep getting erections from the medicine Trazodone?

    I'm 25, and I've been out of the Marines for just over a year now. I have severe PTSD from when I was in Iraq and I have problems sleeping. I was prescribed 50 mg of Trazodone by the doctor when I was on the psych ward 2 weeks ago for PTSD, anxiety and depression issues. I was prescribed the Trazodone because I am not able to sleep at all, and it is the only thing that can help me get a decent night's sleep without nightmares. The problem is since I've been on it, I keep getting prolonged erections that are really painful. I mean I take the pill at night before I go to bed, and I'll be in bed and have an erection in my boxers within an hour or so, and it gets pretty painful. Also, I'll wake up in the morning with an erection (which I know is normal in guys my age), but they are really painful. I also just keep getting them ever since I've been on the Trazodone. Also, I keep getting erections throughout the day that last for at least 2 or more hours. I mean I know I'm 25, but this has never happened this much, and I've never had erections this painful until I got on the Trazodone. It's also embarrassing, because I'm getting them while I'm in class too or other places like just sitting around my apartment, and its hard to concentrate enough having PTSD and anxiety let alone this now. This is the only medicine that I can get a really decent night's sleep with but I can't keep taking this if its going to do this. My psychiatrist keeps saying that I'm probably just thinking about sex too much or something or I'm overreacting, but I'm not. I mean I have a normal, healthy sex life, but its getting out of hand with the amount of times I get them now. I need sleep, but its not worth it if this keeps happening. Is this a common side effect of this medicine?

  • 7Sleep aids during early pregnancy?

    I have moderate insomnia , and I usually take something to sleep . Valerian normal nights , Unisom and environmental worse for very bad nights . Are any of them allowed in early pregnancy ? I will ask my doctor when I see her next week , but meanwhile , I would sleep a little ...

  • 8What are some good non narcotic sleep aids?

    I have a problem sleeping at night. I work full time so it should not be a problem. but for any reason whatsoever. I'm not taking any narcotic sleeping pills . Are there any good ? suggestions ? thank you

  • 9What are some natural sleep aids/methods?

    I myself have been diagnosed with chronic insomnia , relay hate sleeping sleeping pills so I was wondering if anyone knows natural remedies. I have tried as a calming tea before and it does not work . I ` m lactose intolerant so I can not make the stuff warm milk. During the day I'm very active and I do not drink any caffeine . Usually do not feel tired during the day , but I often fall asleep at 5 am and did not wake up until 12 or 1. I tried to get up at 8 or 9 and go about my day and I'm still fine. I just wanna go to sleep!

  • 10How can I stop taking antidepressants and Sleep aids without getting sick?

    I have been on sleepaids and antidepressants for a long time and I dont want to be on them anymore I have tried to stop taking them and became very sick. I want these pills out of my system I feel like a zombie. Anyone got any ideas?

  • 11What is the danger of taking sleep aids for reasons other than sleeping?

    I took a sleeping pill called Alteril , to try to relax during the day . i ended up taking some xanax along with it .. and when bedtime came around 1 am , I was not tired at all . so I took two Benadryl and still was not tired . Im feeling very insecure right now. I feel like I hurt my body . please help me

  • 12HIV/aids in India. what should employees working in national aids control programme do ?

    is also sitting on strike , like what everyone else is doing , People here are working for more than seven years , in the meager wage contract , which is sad low ( less than peon or sweeper working in the same hospital drawing) and are placed guyis graduate in psychology and social work with each having experience of over 5 years and some even more than 10