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Re: Insonia, sleeplessness

Posted by Carol on February 2, 1999, at 15:55:38

In reply to Re: Insonia, sleeplessness, posted by Mark on January 26, 1999, at 20:50:15

> Shelly,
> Insomnia is one of those awful things that just makes everything else much more difficult to deal with. Even when I was a kid, I didn't sleep well at night. I'm now on a multi-drug regimen which seems to be enough most nights without requiring sleeping meds.
I tried 3mg Melatonin about 30 min before bedtime about 1 1/2 years ago. For me, the effects held over too long in the mornings (safety hazard at work). The warm milk and cookies tradition also works, but I do poptarts instead of cookies.
My med. mix currently is 5x 100 mg Wellbutin SR (2 at 6 AM, 2 at noon, 1 at 6 pm), 150-200 mg desryel at bedtime and 450 mg of eskalith CR at bedtime. I'm also taking a muscle relaxant at bedtime (flexeril, usually 20 mg)and bentyl 20mg (acid reflux) at bedtime.
Sometimes I add 1 or 2 fioricet (tension headaches), or Nyquil liqui-caps, which bring sleep that much quicker. I don't find Percoset very sedating most of the time (I take that for migraine HA), but the phenergan I take for nausea with migraines does tend to sedate me.
I have been "accustomed" to sleeping meds before, and allowing time to get these out of my system was absolutely miserable. Good luck with this.

I didn't start with all these meds, this is just where we titrated the meds to over the past 15+ years that I've been being helped with my depression/whatever. I've been on the mix I've described (plus high blood pressure meds) for around 2-3 years.
I have had to resign myself that my depression is a lifelong disorder, and that I will require medication for this the rest of my life. I've tried "breaks" from the meds, and I'm just not functional. They are going to be as much a part of my life as my blood pressure pills, or insulin is for diabetics.
The difference is that they give ME control of my disorder, instead of looking at the problem as being a driving force in my life. Meds help control the problem, therefore I will do what I need to do to be in control of my life. It's a choice, and one my first Dr. forced me to make by putting me in a "state hospital" and showing me what I had to look forward to if I did not take control.
Good luck with the insomnia, as well as with the depression




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