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lavendar
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   Posted 4/25/2009 11:22 PM (GMT -7)   
 
I have a question about a new medication I was given in April. It was prescribed by the psyco. for the insomnia I have. They just want me to be off the benzos. which they say are addictive.
 
I did do alot of reading on it before I took it. It's supposed to be used for depression, insomnia, ADD, anxiety, migrain headaches. It say's to take one or 2 as needed at bedtime.
 
So I tried it the other night and got a headache like you would not believe, I had an anxiety attack , and couldn't take my med for that because I was afraid of an interaction. So much for sleep. (Reminder this was given  to me by a Dr. who knows all the meds. I take and all else at Mayo.
 
Has anyone tried it ?   Should I try 2?   Any info, Or should I call it another loss down the comode?????
 
                                                            Nortriptyline 10mg. shocked shocked shocked june

hep93
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   Posted 4/26/2009 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi, June!  Nortriptylene (Pamelor) is a tricylic antidepressant.  Are you taking any other antidepressants?  As you probably know, they are sometimes used for sleep and also for pain.  One of the possible side effects of this drug is headaches. 

My PMD recently suggested an OTC med for me for sleep:  Melatonin.  It is actually a hormone that the body makes itself, but as one gets older the amount of that hormone decreases.  It works like magic.  I started with 3 mg tablets, one about an hour before bedtime.  However, after 2 wks. I started having nightmares, so decreased it by half...to 1 1/2 mg.  That is working just fine.  So you might want to alert your doc to the headaches and ask about the Melatonin.  It comes in 1 mg, 3 mg, and 5 mg strengths.

Hope this helps!



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lavendar
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   Posted 4/27/2009 11:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for Reply;

My husband used it for a while. It works great for him. NOt for me. I liked the Ambien ,but it only lasted a few hours. I told Dr. He said he was going to prescribe Ambien CR which as you know is a slow realease. I was willing to go for that. But for some reason his prescription cam out to be the Nortriptylene. Yes I do take antidipresents Zoloft, he increased it from one tab. to one and a half. I have really bad anxiety attacks as well as every thing else. I'm so sick of taking pills supplements and vitiamins. I'v tried everyhing for sleep including aroma therepy , sounds of waves, rain, We have over 200 CD from classic hypnotic. Herbal tea.
The endless list. Thanks anyway,
june

hep93
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   Posted 4/28/2009 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
June, what strength of melatonin were you taking?  If only 1 or 3 mg, you might need 5 mg.  Also, it is not something that knocks you out.  It just gives you a better sleep when you do fall asleep.  I'm suggesting this because it is NOT a drug and shouldn't interact with your other meds.  However, nortriptylene might make the effects of the Zoloft stronger.  Don't give up!  Talk to your doctor about it!  See if he will give you Ambien and if not, why not.  It could be the interaction.  I know my PMD will not give me sleeping pills at all.

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lavendar
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   Posted 4/30/2009 1:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not quite sure how to explain how I felt. I took both 1 then 3. I felt groggy and useless the day after I just didn't like how it made me feel.
thanks for the response june
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