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Re: Thanks dragonfly - Question Ayuda?? ayuda

Posted by Geezer on December 20, 2002, at 11:14:46

In reply to Re: Thanks dragonfly - Question Ayuda?? Geezer, posted by ayuda on December 20, 2002, at 10:43:27

> > A question about traz. if you don't mind? I completed 11 ECT treatments 2 weeks ago and currently take 40mg Parnate (strong dopamine effect). After 8 weeks the Parnate is beginning to help the depression (i am TRD-have taken the SSRIs, TCAs, and mood stabilizers) but the insomnia is almost unbearable. I took traz. when it first came out many years ago and hyped as a good AD. I gained 40 pounds in the first few months and spent two years trying to stay awake during the daytime. At present 1mg. of Klonopin along with 20mg of Ambien gives me 3-4 hours sleep some nights and some nights none at all. I have a past history of Benzo. abuse so I can't go further in that direction. The pdoc wants me to use traz., I am sure it will do the trick for sleep but can't tolerate the daytime "sleepiness". In your opinion would a 50mg. dose every third night be sufficient? I am aware of the problems associated with sever insomnia (please see my above post to dragonfly). Thanks so much for any suggestions you might be able to offer.
> >
> > Geezer
> I can tell you how it affects me: sometimes I prefer to take 25mg (cut the 50 in half) because of the effects you are talking about. Since I am on winter break from school, I am not so concerned about daytime sleepiness. I know this is a luxury not many people have.
> Anyhow, when I take the 50mg at night, I have to go to bed right away -- if I don't, I will get drowsy, but then have a hard time going to sleep (sometimes I take it then stay up on the computer -- bad idea). In any event, once I started on the Trazodone, I started waking up around 7 a.m. every morning, regardless of when I took the med the night before. I am wide awake at that time, for about 2 hours. Then I get sleepy again, and need a nap. I do stay a bit sleepy through the day, but since I don't have a 9-5 job, I can function through it. I also don't notice it much, though I will admit my intake of caffeinated coffee has gone up drastically.
> So to answer your question, you might want to try 25mg at night, but I don't know that it will help to not take it every night. It doesn't have a cumulative affect with me -- if I don't take it, I don't sleep. Then again, like I said, I drink more coffee to stay awake during the day, so I don't know if that is affecting my insomnia.

Thanks ayuda,

I will try the 25mg. as you suggest - I just have a terrible time with drugs that cause daytime drowsiness. I was just doing a web search on a drug I heard mentioned on TV last night. It is called NEUROCRINE manufactured by Pfizer. You can find it on the Pfizer web site - it is in stage III clinical trials and due for release late 2003. No doubt the FDA will delay it longer than that. I called Pfizer but they could not give me anymore info than found on the web site. Says it is not a benzo. Thanks for your help.





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