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Re: using Remeron in very low doses as a sleep aid MoBe

Posted by Stan on March 25, 2003, at 22:45:17

In reply to using Remeron in very low doses as a sleep aid, posted by MoBe on March 24, 2003, at 23:10:25

> I am presently using wellbutrin as my chief antidepressent. It does however have the side effect of hurting my sleep. My doctor has been augmenting it with remeron. Unfortunately, in 15 mg doses - it makes me gain weight. Has anyone had the experience of using very low doses of remeron ie 7.5 mg and perhaps had good sleeps with no weight gain. I have tried increasing it to increase the norepinephrine effect but then it just gives me a tired but wired feeling at night. Yuchh!!! Thanks for any help.
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> MoBe

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at very low doses, remeron supposedly acts primarily as an antihistamine -- its effects on serotonin and adrenalin receptors hardly get a chance to kick in at these levels and are overpowered by the histamine blocking actions. antihistamines (otc benadryl, rx hydroxyzine, etc.) are sometimes helpful for short-term relief for insomnia, but using them for many successive days/weeks in a row can make things worse for some people. i'll third the recommendation that others have made for trazodone as a sleep aid which retains its effectiveness over time (although sometimes a dosage increase will be necessary after awhile). start with as little as 25 mg before bed and move gradually upward as needed.

Stan


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