Posted by SLS on May 9, 2004, at 10:38:40
In reply to Re: Seroquel for Nardil Induced Insomnia » harryp, posted by King Vultan on May 9, 2004, at 10:00:28
> An older drug that I'm interested in which is only a $10 copay on my insurance is triazolam (Halcion). I don't think it's as safe as Ambien, but it does have a relatively short half life, and I was thinking maybe I would bring it up at my next appointment.
Halcion is more powerful than most, if not all, benzos to help someone fall asleep. For some people, however, it does not act long enough to allow them to sleep the whole night. Some people even complain of a rebound insomnia when they do wake up in the middle of the night. I needed to use it when I was on Parnate, because falling asleep was so difficult. What I ended up doing was taking both Halcion and Ativan together. The Ativan prevented the early morning awakenings. Restoril is another good drug for allowng someone to stay asleep, but is generally less effective at initiating sleep. My experience with Halcion and MAOI induced insomnia is that Halcion just doesn't do the trick for a full night's sleep. I have had some success using Ativan alone. It is also cheap as the generic lorazepam.