Posted by Green Willow on September 24, 2005, at 16:45:08
In reply to Re: Has anyone tried Rozerem yet? (new sleep drug) » Green Willow, posted by SLS on September 24, 2005, at 8:05:07
I don't have depression at all! I have delayed sleep phase syndrome. We were hoping to correct it with a light box and melatonin, but for some weird reason, the melatonin type products make my heart race. It was that my heart was pounding so hard and fast until the junk wore off about 9 hours later that I could not sleep. At least for now, I am going on Lunestra which seems works fine for me. Thanks, Green Willow
> > I tried Rozerem and it kept me awake all night!!! It made my heart pound and I couldn't sleep. Boy, did I feel like crap the next days. I tried it for several nights, full pill, half pill, whatever - it was horrible for me. Some brands of melatonin do the same thing to me.
> Your "paradoxical" reaction to Rozerem (ramelteon) might not be so infrequent with people suffering from depression. I think we will probably see some more of it. Rozerem can even produce depression in vulnerable individuals whom had not been depressed previously.
> I am curious as to what kind of depression you have. Is it unipolar typical, unipolar atypical, or bipolar?
> I hope your next trial goes better for you. Have you tried Sonata? If your main problem is initiating sleep, and nothing else seems to work, you can pull out the cannon and use Halcion (triazolam). It is the most powerful hypnotic benzodiazepine. I had once used a combination of Halcion + Ativan to deal with severe insomnia produced by treatment with Parnate + desipramine. I took the Halcion to put me to sleep initially and the Ativan would then take over and keep me asleep for the rest of the night. Halcion has such a short half-life that many people will experience a rebound awakening during the early morning hours. Using an adjunct drug with a longer half-life prevents this from happening. Restoril might be better than Ativan to fill this role. Either will work.
> - Scott