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Posted by JohnL on December 13, 1999, at 12:36:22

In reply to INSOMNIA, posted by Joanne on December 12, 1999, at 9:19:34

Hi Joanne,

I think I've tried most everything out there for insomnia. Such as tricyclics, benzos, Remeron, Serzone, Trazodone. Of them all I personally have to say I like the tricyclics best. Even though they all put me to sleep and pretty much kept me asleep, the tricyclics gave me that feeling in the morning like I had really slept well. The others seem to give a strange kind of sleep for me.

Tricyclics for me are smooth. And it seems like a high quality kind of sleep, not a drugged kind of false sleep that I get from everything else. I take one of the less sedating ones, called Nortriptyline, and it's just right. There are more sedating ones. And you won't need much more than a low dose which shouldn't affect you during the day. Since they come on a little slower and more subtle than other drugs, I dose anywhere from 3:00 to 5:00 in the afternoon. That way it's kicking in strongest just about bedtime. Any later messes with the next morning. I've seen the tricyclics, especially Nortriptyline, combined with Wellbutrin for refractory depression as well. Based on my experience, I'm putting a vote in here for a tricyclic for insomnia. Imipramine, Anafranil, and Amitriptyline are the more sedating ones, while Nortriptyline is a bit more mild. So before you see your doctor, sleep on it. :) JohnL




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