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   Posted 4/19/2012 5:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm going through some med changes right now.  So, I know I need to patient.  I was previously on Lexapro (20 mg) for many years, and it worked well.  However, I noticed that bouts of anxiety/depression increased.  So, I switched to cymbalta (with trazadone at night for insomnia) and had a rough time with it.  Now, I'm working on getting back on Lexapro (30 mg) and getting off cymbalta (30 mg) every other day, 125 mg traz at night.  While I've never really slept wonderfully with the traz, I got more sleep.  Well, the past few nights have been awful, and I'm getting discouraged.  I've always stressed too much about sleep especially when I'm going through rough times (anxious if I will and anxious if I don't).  Right now, I'm consumed with worry, how awful I feel, and if I'll ever get better.  Will I end up doped up and unable to function or worse?  See, there I go again.  I've never relied on a sleep aid in the past, but my confidence is shattered right now.  I need encouragement and advice.  Any sleep aids that worked for you and didn't make you a zombie?  Thank you!!!
 

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   Posted 4/19/2012 6:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Trazadone is good for sleep and for depression. Though I take ambien. It works well for me. I hope you find what works for you.

Keep posting, as we all care...

Hugs, Karen

PS there is also melatonin which is natural. You might want to try that.
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Gator Girl
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   Posted 4/19/2012 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much, Karen! I've thought about Ambien. What dose do you take, and do you wake up feeling out-of-it?

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   Posted 4/19/2012 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I take 10 mg and I feel refreshed in the morning. My husband takes ambien cr. I tried it once, it worked good. but the ambien is good enough so far for me. I do wake up early with aches and pains in my hip. So sometimes I end up being tired at night and go to bed early.

The ambein cr I think is 12.5 mg. Not positive about that.

Sometimes I can sleep easy, but I don't get a refreshed sleep. So getting that restful sleep really helps. I am changing though and it is getting more difficult. But I have been lucky for a long time on the ambien.

I hope that you find what works for you.

Hugs, Karen
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Gator Girl
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   Posted 4/20/2012 4:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't get what's going on. I'm still trying to adjust to getting off the cymbalta and back on to the Lexapro 30 mg (which I take at night. But I was so exhausted with only a few hours of sleep the past few nights, so I thought I would have been out for a while last night. I even took more trazadone (150 mg) at my doctor's suggestion. I was still awake after 5 hours. It's so frustrating. Before I went through this recent bout of anxiety/depression, I was a great sleeper with no sleep aids (on 20 mg Lex). I could fall asleep easily, nap well. I feel like I'm becoming a slave to the drugs because my confidence is shattered (yet the the traz isn't helping all that much. I should feel exhausted but sometimes I feel wired in jittery (in the mornings and night).

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   Posted 4/20/2012 5:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Karen, the aches and pains in your hips are unrelated to ambien, right?

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   Posted 4/20/2012 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
No my pain in my hips is arthritis and fibromyalgia. I just can't sleep after laying for so long. I hope you get the meds that you need for sleep. Keep us posted.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 4/20/2012 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
No my pain in my hips is arthritis and fibromyalgia. I just can't sleep after laying for so long. I hope you get the meds that you need for sleep. Keep us posted.

Hugs, Karen
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