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   Posted 1/19/2009 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
hi all, has anyone ever heard/read anything about certain sleeping pills causing depression? Does anyone out there have to take sleeping medication every night?

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   Posted 1/19/2009 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Camagu,

I take ambien every night. I haven't had a problem with them causing depression. But with long term use, depression can be a side effect. How long have you been on sleeping pills? I have been taking them for quite some time. They help me a lot.

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   Posted 1/19/2009 11:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Camagu,
I use Trazadone and I do just fine.  If you are using one of the benzo's for sleep, Restoril or Halcion, you may feel some depression as these are depressant drugs.

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   Posted 1/20/2009 3:02 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Camagu:  I also take medication to sleep every night.  It is a godsend for me.  I also take Trazadone.  I have taken Ambien in the past, but my body got so used to it that it didn't work anymore.  Neither of these caused any further depression in me.  If anything, when I don't get enough sleep that makes my depression so much worse.

Good luck in finding your answers.


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