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Re: Insonia, sleeplessness

Posted by shelley on January 23, 1999, at 19:21:03

In reply to Re: Insonia, sleeplessness, posted by Lisa on January 22, 1999, at 16:52:24

> I can totally relate to how you feel. I have been dealing with insomnia for over 2 years.The only time I ever got real sleep was when I was in a coma in the ICU from an overdose.
> I have to agree with you on insomnia being an enemy. It sure as hell doesn't help the depression either.
> Have you ever tried taking Ambien? My doctor put me on it 2 weeks ago and so far I can get around 4 hours of sleep, which by far better than before.
> You might ask your doc about Ambien.

Thanks Lisa and Mark for jumping in there!! Insomnia is my personal demon. It comes in waves. Four hours in one night is a "good night's sleep" for me. I have tried Ambien, but not liked the side effects. Be careful not to mix it with other Rx without talking to a doc. I took it one night with Perkosett for a migraine and......stayed up all night in a black out and will never know what I did that night. Scared me to death. Anyway, I am "addicted" to Halcion, which has no effect, and am sleeping with the help of Restoril. I never know when it's going to work but at least I don't have the
"amnesiac" effect associated with large doses of Halcion and/or small doses of Ambien. I'd love an Ambien's night rest, but not home alone. My doc is talking about putting me "inpatient" to get the Halcion out of my system. Meanwhile, klonopin helps sometimes, too. I would really like to not be Rx dependent, but....I also recognize the limitations of my mind/body. Maybe some time "inpatient" will give my doc better insight into how to help me.....We'll see. Wish me luck.




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