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Re: Wicked insomnia - what should I take?

Posted by ronaldo on October 14, 2006, at 4:44:15

In reply to Wicked insomnia - what should I take?, posted by dreamboat_annie on October 14, 2006, at 0:03:01

Hello dreamboat_annie

I feel I might be the last person who should be advising you re insomnia. I have a pretty vile treatment resistant insomnia myself. Here's what I've tried and what has failed me.

Seroquel - various doses from 25 mg upto 100 mg and down again to as little as 12.5 mg (half a tablet). The best I got was 5 hours sleep, awake at 3.00 or 4.00 am and couldn't get back to sleep again. Some people have had a lot of success with Seroquel for sleep, some using as little as quarter of a tablet. See:

Next thing I tried was Zopiclone - Zimovane in the UK, Imovane in the States? Same story - awake at 3.00 or 4.00 am, that was on 2 X 7.5 mg. Last night I tried 1 x 7.5 mg and was awake at 1.30 am whereupon I took another 7.5 mg and slept till 5.30 am.

Valerian root tea from health food store. Tried this for the first time last night. Strongish sedating effect, taken one hour before retiring.

I have a history of coming off Zyprexa (Olanzapine). Was on it at 5 mg for four years. Got off it, finally, three weeks ago. Got off Seroquel three days ago. I think I might have rushed the Seroquel. Still get anxiety attacks, I think I cannot breath. I once tried 12.5 mg of Seroquel (half a tablet) with 2 x 7.5 mg Zopiclone and got a very pleasant drowsy affect in the early morning but no sleep though. I suspect that the Olanzapine and certainly the Seroquel are still having an effect on my sleep.

I've heard good things about:

Nature's Way - Silent Night with Valerian 440 mg, 100 caps $5.00 (SRP $9.99)
Silent Night formula combines Valerian (Root), Hops and Skullcaps for a relaxing effect on the NS and to promote restful sleep. Details...
Look under Valerian. Last time I looked, a few days ago it was not in stock. Maybe someone else has it.

Sorry I have not been much help annie. I hope someone else can give you better hope.




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