Sleep Aids for Parkinson's Patient

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   Posted 9/30/2009 2:48 AM (GMT -6)   
confused  I have had PD for about 6 years and am taking sinemet and amantadine.  I am having increasing trouble getting to sleep.  I've tried OTC remedies, and feel even worse the next day.  I tried melatonin, and it took 3 days to get my PD symptoms back under control.
Does anyone out there with PD have a sleep remedy that works without making the Parkinson's symptoms worse?

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   Posted 10/2/2009 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
peace32,Welcome to HealingWell.I just saw my neurologist yesterday,and told him of my sleeping problems,and his answer was that it goes with the territory.I've tried everything ,and found nothing to be outstanding,non addictive,without that hangover feeling the next morning.I do take 1/2 mg of lorazepam at bedtime,and it seems to help in my case.Check with your neuro.Also google sleep problems with pd lots of info there.Wish you the best.Ed ps don't over look the value of a good nap to catch up on lost sleep
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   Posted Yesterday 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I take sinemet for my parkinson's and 1 mg of lunesta to help with sleep, and it works pretty well.

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   Posted 1/16/2010 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
blush This may sound weird but I saw this on the doctors show and tried it and was very surprised how it worked for me. A few hours before bed eat a little oatmeal, the kind with no sugar and a few slices of bananas. The oatmeal somehow works like melatonin and the first night I did it I slept thru the night and didn't have any interuptions as I usually did and woke feeling rested for the first time in months. I tried it again and the same result. Try it! You never know. God bless.blush

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   Posted 1/17/2010 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I have always had trouble sleeping and more so now with PD>  My doc prescribed 10 mg ambien, 100 mg gabapentin and 40 mg trasadone.  Works most nites..........except sometimes when I am up and ready to go at 4 a.m.!

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   Posted 2/15/2010 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Melatonin works for me. wenonah.

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   Posted 3/13/2010 11:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a caregiver for my 55 yr old father who has EO PD.. about 7 years now. He naps regularly. He gets up early to hit the gym, don't let your PD keep you from taking care of your body! But by lunch, when his belly is full.. he's ready for a nap ~ but then is ready to go again until 8 or 9pm..

it works most nights for him - he does sleep MUCH MUCH lighter than he used to, but naps really do make a difference.

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   Posted 3/18/2010 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
AMBIEN CR 12.5 MG  Thats what I take, works well for me.
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