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Posted by Joanne on December 24, 1999, at 18:30:55

In reply to Re: INSOMNIA, posted by esquisse on December 24, 1999, at 5:55:52

> I have several also a lot of problems with sleep and antidepressant medications (especially SSRI)
> (sorry for my english, my mother tongue is french)
> Has someone any opinion on this:
> 1) I've already tried nearly all SSRIs, the last on was Serzone for 5 week's at low doses. This medication is not supposed to disturb the sleep.
> But with me it's nor the case. After 5 week I'm still unable to sleep. Is it still possible that it changes in a couple of days?
> 2) I tried trazodone, but It provokes agitation in the legs during all night, has someone experience this with this medication? and does it make weight gain ?
> 3) And what about trimipramine ?
> (notice: I can't take any anticholinergic medication like amitriptyline, Ludiomil, Pamelor, as well as benzo. because of memory impairments with theses kind of medic.)
> Thanks for any advice.

Dear esquisse,
Although I still have problems sleeping straight through the night (I wake up after 2-3 hours), I'm at least now able to initially fall asleep with a combination of Ambien and a new sleeping aid called Sonata. My doctor and pharmacist told me it's the latest thing out on the market, and what's great about it is that you can take one if you wake up in the middle of the night, and it helps you go right back to sleep. You can take this medication more than once a night, so it's great if you have the "early morning awakening" problem. It leaves no "hangover" feeling either. However, I was curious about what anti-depressant you're currently taking. Have you tried Remeron? I was on it for about six months, and it was a great anti-depressant that was very sedating as well. After awhile, it became too sedating for me and I was OVERsleeping, but you might have good results with it. I would recommend trying Remeron before suggesting a sleeping pill. However, as far as sleep aids go, I know that Ambien is absolutely wonderful and works EXTREMELY WELL if you haven't tried it yet. Unfortunately, I built up a tolerance to it (which I understand is rare). That's why I'm taking the Sonata in addition to it, but if you haven't tried Ambien yet, I would highly recommend it. Good Luck, and let me know how it goes. Merry Christmas Everyone. Joanne




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