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JohnL / Neurontin/ sleep/long (rambling)

Posted by NHGrandma on December 22, 1999, at 3:55:40

In reply to Re: How well informed do you think your pharmacist is?, posted by JohnL on December 22, 1999, at 2:34:49

> My pdoc once prescribed Vivactil for me because it is the only non-sedating activating tricyclic. The pharmacist told me it is a tricyclic and will make me drowsy. Obviously she hadn't done her homework.
JohnL, Why aren't you sleeping? Why am I not sleeping? 4-5 hours max is not enough for my body. Didn't you take Neurontin at one time? I'm wondering if I should try it next for sleep. Every time I go for therapy the next 3-5 nights are filled with nightmares. Then they taper off and it is just early morning insomnia. I suppose I could take more Xanax now but I have to go to airport at 6:30 (in 2 hours.) Ambien would put me right back to sleep but also guarantee a crying spell next day. Trust me. I have experimented many times with it.
Thanks for listening. Guess I am just wondering what help Neurontin might be as pdoc seems to be leaning toward that next--after weaning me off Effexor XR. I am down to 37.5.
Also wondering if the last 3 years on antidepressants just covered up the need to be doning work in therapy. Stuff like childhood sexual abuse and the effects of it on my life. Seems puzzling that talking about it for the first time after many years can be so distressing. Until the depression set in 4 years ago I thought I functioned without typical SA symptoms. Pdoc thinks therapy can help boundary setting but meds are needed for anxiety, etc.more than exploring past. Therapist thinks working through content of nightmares will decrease need for meds. Who is right? Would Neurontin just enable more deadening? Or would it give better sleep and more consistent daytime functioning?

Hope you were able to go back to sleep. I think I'll just get busy. I'm praying for the right answer before my next appointment with both Drs. next week.
I trusted pdoc for three years and the Effexor just added problems. Just started therapy and now it is adding problems. I'm willing to go through problems to get results, though. I miss Toby's input. He helped a lot. Gave a lot of info on EMDR and would you believe it--my new therapist is trained in EMDR. My nightmares seem like an EMDR experience.
Sorry for rambling. Do you charge $70/45min to read? lol.




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