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Re: prazosin for night terrors

Posted by SLS on January 18, 2022, at 21:06:32

In reply to prazosin for night terrors, posted by beckett2 on January 18, 2022, at 20:23:56


There is a difference between "night terrors" and the nightmares that are a feature of PTSD.

There is quite a bit of evidence that prazosin reduces PTSD nightmares. I haven't come across anything that would lead me to believe that prozosin is effective for night terrors.

For PTSD, I think prazosin is underutilized in that it can be used to reduce PTSD daytime symptoms, too.

1) 3 mg h.s. - PTSD nightmares only.

2) 10 mg t.i.d. - PTSD nightmares + daytime depression and anxiety.

I tried prazosin at my doctor's urging because of the childhood adversity (emotional abuse / physical abuse / neglect). I was shocked that it helped. Although the improvement was significant enough to recognize, it wasn't enough justify continued treatment. Maybe I should have kept prazosin in place. It wasn't hurting anything. I found it to be a very clean drug with respect to side effects, although my sex drive decreased noticeably - not enough to stop me from having fun, though.

The very first dose of prazosin should be swallowed immediately before getting into bed. Dizziness and fainting can happen on the first night, but not thereafter.

Night terrors? I don't know.

- Scott

Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.




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