Help- I am going crazy from lack of sleep

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Sam524
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   Posted 3/21/2012 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

I am on Abilify 2mg. It was working so well. In fact it was the first thing that worked on my difficult depression and anxiety. My problem (as I posted before) is I cannot sleep through the night. My doctor prescribed Ambien 20mg. I took it last night and I slept 3 hours. She will be trying to get a pre-approval for Ambian CR (I think that's what it is called). I pray my insurance company will cover it because it costs $200 without insurance! I do not have the CR yet. I am very tempted to take the Ambien tonight and when I wake up take a dosage of restirol (temazapam) even though the doctor told me not to do this. I am desperate for sleep. I am going to do this unless anyone can tell me that doing this is a dangerous combination.

the other thing is she took me off Temazapam without weaning me off. I have been taking 30mg once at night- does anyone see problems with withdrawal.

Thanks
Sam

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   Posted 3/21/2012 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Listen to your doctor and wait for the ambien cr. My husband is now taking it and it helps him more than the ambien did. He also took trazadone which helped some. But he stopped taking that.

Can you do meditation? I do that when I can't fall back to sleep. It is actually mind over matter. You have to learn how to turn your mind off. It isn't easy but it is acheivable. It just takes practice, and it is free.

I really don't think it is safe to mix the ambien and the restirol. You might fall asleep and not wake up. That is a lot of medication.

be safe...

Hugs, Karen
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Sam524
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   Posted 3/21/2012 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Karen,

I cannot thank you enough for this email. I just wrote to my doctor and found out the Ambien CR is covered by my insurance company. I have dabbled with meditation but not very successfully although I am willing to give it another try. I have been wanting to join a class for some structured practice.

I thank you for your advice about Ambien and Restirol- you have seriously knocked some sense into my head and I totally appreciate this. I just realized though, I asked my doc to order the Ambien CR by mail order. I probably should have asked her to see if I could get it through the pharmacy but I wasn't thinking.

Another question. Did your husband take Ambien at the same time he was taking Trazadone- when I say the same time I do not mean together. I mean if he woke up at night would he try another drug (in this case Trazadone). This is how I was going to take the restirol- if I woke up in the middle of the night I was going to try to go back to sleep by taking something else- but I guess this is very unsafe too.

I truly thank you for your caring and knowledgeable responses.
Sam

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   Posted 3/21/2012 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
First my husband tried ambien and restoril but not at the same time. Then the doc put him on trazadone. He couldn't sleep well with it, but it made his mood better. He went back to ambien, now is taking ambien cr. I think it is 20mg. I don't know if it is helping him a lot or not. But he never did take more than one sleeping med at a time. I liked when he took the trazadone because he was always in a good mood. But he still couldn't sleep. He thinks too much I think. Can't shut his mind off at night. I was the same until I started the meditation. I do a little mind trick too. If I can't sleep, I try to force myself to hold my eyes open. Well, I can't so I soon fall to sleep. I take adderall during the day, and ambien at night. The adderall gives me energy and keeps me awake during the day. Therefore I sleep at night. When I got fibromyalgia, I slept for two years day and night. That was a waste of life I feel. I am much better now.

Hugs, Karen

PS When I meditate, I practice relaxing all my muscles from head to toe. I picture it in my mind. Before I get to my toes, I am asleep. Maybe that would help you too.
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Sam524
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   Posted 3/21/2012 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Karen,

Thank you so much again for your reply. When you say your first husband took Ambien and Restoril but not at the same time do you mean not during the same period of time or during different hours of the day or night. From my understanding Trazadone is also an antidepressant (am I correct). I guess this would account for his good mood. I took Trazadone a long time ago and honestly I do not remember the effect it had on me so I guess it really didn't do much. I understand about thinking too much- the Abilify has really quieted that down. It felt so wonderful when I first started taking it- what an amazing relief not to feel terrible depression and anxiety but then the sleeping problems started. I have always been afraid of sleeping problems ever since I was a teacher back in NY. I now work at a job and make my own hours so sleep (with the restoril was so good- I slept like a log). I am also one of those people who needs at least 8 hours a night to function at my best. Thank you so much for your input about meditation- I am really going to try now and give it my all (take some classes when I come back to myself). I will try your trick (keeping your eyes open too). I truly appreciate the advice about relaxing all muscles head to toe; I will try all tonight. I am so sorry you have fibromyalgia- sleeping for two years day and night! I feel terrible for what you went through; you had no control so live now for the time you missed. I am so happy to hear you are better now. Do you mind if I ask what you take Adderall for? I have been trying to get my ex (we are separated but very good friends) to go to the doctor to see if they think Adderall is right for him. A doctor diagnosed him years ago with adult ADD but he is stubborn and refuses to do anything about it. Thank you for being so open and informative; you are a terrific person!

Hugs back to you,
Sam

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   Posted 3/21/2012 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sam,

My husband took the ambien first, then switched to the trazadone, but not at the same time. Then he went back on the ambien but it still didn't work, so next he tried the ambien cr. And I think it is working better. He has never slept well. He thinks too much. The abilify helps me from over thinking too.

The adderall is for the fatigue that I get with fibromyalgia. I am working on the pain issues. When I was in bed, I could barely walk. I had to hang on to furniture to get around the house. Once I got pain management and adderall for the fatigue, I have been better. It was a long road though.

I am glad that you and your ex are good friends. My husband and I are good friends too. It really makes a difference. He is very supportive.

I hope that you find a way to get the rest you need. I always needed that eight hours too, but now for some reason I look forward to the next day and if I get less, I am still functional. But no less than six hours. Then I don't feel well.

I have found living in the now to help me a lot. When you meditate, that is what you are basically doing. Paying attention to that very moment. I am sure that there are many good books on meditation. That is how I learned. Amazon sells used books cheap. Try looking there. I love the feeling of having the control to be able to relax. It is really powerful. I hope that you can learn.

Hugs, Karen
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