Sleep aids while on Prednisone?

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Darth Squiddious
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   Posted 8/26/2009 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been averaging maybe 2 hours a night since starting prednisone. I was wondering if there's anything I can take for sleep along with all my other meds. The doctor said that sleep aids might be too much for my liver and stuff, but I have to get some rest. Does anyone know if melatonin is safe combined with all of these drugs? Or if there's some type of herbal supplement I can take to actually get there?
Officially Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis on 8/03/2009
Flared from April 2009 - August 2009
My cocktail that's worked since 8/19/2009
Centrum
Lialda 2.4G daily
Prednisone 20mg x2 daily (tapering off)
Imuran 50mg x3 daily
Hydrocodone 5/500 as needed for pain
Nexium 40mg daily for heartburn


jujub
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   Posted 8/26/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Try some Benadryl. That will help a lot of people sleep, and it's a simple antihistamine.
Judy
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Christine1946
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   Posted 8/26/2009 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
     They gave me Ambien CR while I was hospitalized last year and I am addicted to the darn stuff.  No one said it could harm my liver.  The prescription is only for 6.5 mgm but I find when I try to wean myself off all I do is stay awake all night and feel like a zombie in the morning.  Occasionally I will take a Tylenol PM but then I read that Tylenol is bad on the liver.
     I'm weaning off prednisone, down to 10 mgm but it still gives me insomnia. 
     Have you tried drinking Chamomile tea?  That helps some.
 
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008 for ten days.
Remission Nov 08 thru May of 09.
Slowly coming out of flare.  Meds: Colazal (6 per day), prednisone 10 mgm and tapering weekly, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning, Benicar 20 mg for BP, flaxseed oil 3 x a day, fishoil 2 x a day, probiotic 3 x a day, calcium with D 1x a day and multivitamin.
Doctor had me on 100 mgm of 6MP which drastically lowered my white count.  Now off the 6MP pending results of repeat white count. UGH.


Darth Squiddious
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   Posted 8/26/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
The only thing that sort of helps is my Vicodin, but it just makes me feel like I'm paralyzed. Still no sleep. I've tried tea and Benadryl and they don't seem to work at all.
Officially Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis on 8/03/2009
Flared from April 2009 - August 2009
My cocktail that's worked since 8/19/2009
Centrum
Lialda 2.4G daily
Prednisone 20mg x2 daily (tapering off)
Imuran 50mg x3 daily
Hydrocodone 5/500 as needed for pain
Nexium 40mg daily for heartburn


Nutz
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   Posted 8/26/2009 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm in the hospital right now on IV Solumedrol (prednison) 60mg and can't get much rest either. I am taking Ambien and it gives me 2 solid hours before I have to use the bathroom, 2 more hours, bathroom, 2 more hours so I get about 6 hours a night.
Nutz
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis 1999, changed to Ulcerative Colitis 2002.  Currently taking 6MP 50mg, Prednisone 30mg, Lialda 2 tabs/day, Colocort enemas, Canasa suppositories


kops2da
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   Posted 8/26/2009 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   

XANAX or similar.  It can be addictive however.  Helps me a lot with anxiety and getting sleep!

ElaineNY


 
Senior - diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008   
No prescriptions as of yesterday!  Hoping for best and possibly adding other supplements.
 
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.
 
 
 


Meesh
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   Posted 8/27/2009 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Before you try prescription sleep aids try Tylenol PM, I have found that it is very effective. My Dr tried several prescription sleep aids for me and all gave me headaches, on my own I tried the Tylenol PM and it did the trick.

My daughter had severe insomnia and was seeing a psychiatrist for other issues so he went andprescribed Seroquel to her for sleeping. After reading a lot of troublesome information about that medication being used for sleep (it just seemed overkill for what the side-effects could be) I convinced her to give Tylenol PM a try and she said it actually worked better and left her more refreshed in the morning than the drugged out feeling she had been left with the Seroquel.

If Tylenol PM doesn't help you then you can always ask for something else.

Meesh
47 yr old female, dx'd UC April 27, 2006; mild arthritis in lower back, dx'd May 2008; Osteopenia dx'd 6/08 Achieved almost-remission mid October 2008 (rectum still inflamed). Having surgery in January 2010.

17 Remicade infusions (6 weeks sched: 1st: 7/21/07; most recent: 7/18/09; Current meds & supplements: Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Canasa; multivitamin w/folate; Culturelle; Fish oil capsules, calcium chews and/or Tums; Vitamin D; Past meds: Prednisone 4/06-4/08; Entocourt EC; Asacol; Colazal; Roweasa; Venofer (iron) injections Dec '07; Imuran (extremely bad reaction 2/07); Protonix; Lexipro; Xanax


Christine1946
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   Posted 8/27/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
     Be careful, Tylenol can cause liver damage.
 
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008 for ten days.
Remission Nov 08 thru May of 09.
Slowly coming out of flare.  Meds: Colazal (6 per day), prednisone 10 mgm and tapering weekly, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning, Benicar 20 mg for BP, flaxseed oil 3 x a day, fishoil 2 x a day, probiotic 3 x a day, calcium with D 1x a day and multivitamin.
Doctor had me on 100 mgm of 6MP which drastically lowered my white count.  Now off the 6MP pending results of repeat white count. UGH.


Darth Squiddious
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   Posted 8/27/2009 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I know. And I'm taking 4 5/500 vicodin a day, so tylenol pm is out of the question.
Officially Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis on 8/03/2009
Flared from April 2009 - August 2009
My cocktail that's worked since 8/19/2009
Centrum
Lialda 2.4G daily
Prednisone 20mg x2 daily (tapering off)
Imuran 50mg x3 daily
Hydrocodone 5/500 as needed for pain
Nexium 40mg daily for heartburn


Boxermom2
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   Posted 8/27/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have Ambien also.  I only take a half of pill because I don't want to be dependant on it.  I also use the Benedryl and it helps me sleep.  I would take the ambien because if I didn't sleep I was afraid I would become even more run down.  I do feel a little hung over during the day though when I take the ambien.  It is just such a bad feeling when you need sleep.
 
39 yrs old ( diagnosed UC 2002)
Ankylosing Spondylitis (diagnosed 1990)
Asthma/Allergies
-----------------------------------
Asacol 12 daily
Zoloft 50mg
Multivitamin
Flaxseed Oil capsules
Rowasa
Remicade
Boniva (Osteopenia spine)
Hydrochlorothiazide 12.5mg (hypertension)
Prednisone 40mg
 
 


kops2da
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   Posted 8/27/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   

As Christine says - Tylenol can cause liver damage - but so many of these sleep aid can do things - never sure what to do.  I have been told by four of my doctor that as long as I take no more than the recommended doseage my liver should be ok.  I have never had a bad test and been taking Tylenol for about 35 years every day.  I have not found another pain killer or narcotic that I can tolerate so I take Tylenol for arthritis.  BUT - the important thing is not to take anything EXTRA that has Tylenol in it. 

I have been very lucky - in all my years of blood testing - never had anything not normal but trigycerides and they are just a little high.  I know I am lukcy.   6MP did nothing to my blood count and my bleeding has never made me anemic.

Right now I am treating myself with what medications and supplements I have and doing ok - hope to live to be 96 as my Dad!!  I will see specialist in October.

ElaineNY


 
Senior - diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008   
No prescriptions as of yesterday!  Hoping for best and possibly adding other supplements.
 
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.
 
 
 


freckles
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   Posted 8/27/2009 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Darth Squiddious-

I am new to this forum. I thought I would reply to your question about melatonin. I recently had a friend who suggested I take melatonin, so before doing so, I researched it out (so glad that I did). I have read that melatonin is not good to take for people who have UC/Crohns because it effects the autoimmune system in some way. I am not on pred or any steroid, however, I am betting that steroids will be my next treatment since I can't seem to get my flare under control.

AJ
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   Posted 8/27/2009 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I take clonopin 2mg and it works really well. I also just took some benadryl (didn't take the clonopin - didn't mix), so I'll let you know in about an hour :)

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Darth Squiddious
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   Posted 8/27/2009 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you guys for all the advice and help. I'm down to 20mg a day as of right now on the prednisone so hopefully I'll see some change. If not, at least I'll be able to catch up on all the reading I've missed over the last couple years.
Officially Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis on 8/03/2009
Flared from April 2009 - August 2009
My cocktail that's worked since 8/19/2009
Centrum
Lialda 2.4G daily
Prednisone 20mg x2 daily (tapering off)
Imuran 50mg x3 daily
Hydrocodone 5/500 as needed for pain
Nexium 40mg daily for heartburn


Christine1946
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   Posted 8/28/2009 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
     I have Benadryl in the medicine cabinet.  It's an antihistamine.  I am taking blood pressure medication, so not sure if it would be a good idea to take Benadryl.  Last night I had a lot of rectal pain, so took a Hydrocodone...that sure helped me sleep!  Wish I could just go to sleep naturally.  Having sleep issues since being hospitalized in May of 08.  NEVER can sleep in those darn hospitals.
 
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008 for ten days.
Remission Nov 08 thru May of 09.
Slowly coming out of flare.  Meds: Colazal (6 per day), prednisone 10 mgm and tapering weekly, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning, Benicar 20 mg for BP, flaxseed oil 3 x a day, fishoil 2 x a day, probiotic 3 x a day, calcium with D 1x a day and multivitamin.
Doctor had me on 100 mgm of 6MP which drastically lowered my white count.  Now off the 6MP pending results of repeat white count. UGH.

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