Posted 7/25/2010 7:42 PM (GMT -6)
Infected, My sleep issues go way back, but have been on and off. For the past few years, I will NOT sleep w/o drugs, sad to say. I take amitryptaline and xanax. My dose of amitryptaline is higher than most doses for sleep because of my depression and pain. I take 100 mg, and my depression Dr thinks I take 200 mgs which just makes me weird out. My mother, who does not suffer anxiety, but often has sleep problems and she takes 10 mg of Amitrip, which is a nice low dose which works well for her.
At this time, if I was not taking meds, I would not be sleeping at all. I have to knock myself out. Even w/ amitrip + xanax, I awaken frequently in the nite. The advantage, for me, w/ the Amil, is that I will be able to go back to sleep.
Everyone is different, but IMO, something like a low dose of Amitryp is preferrable to regular sleeping pills, esp Ambien, which I have taken. First, it weirded me out. 2nd, a hefty side effect is amnesia during the first few hours of sleep. So you MUST be in bed when you take it. And be prepared to be in bed for at least a full 8 hrs.
For example, if you took it in order to sleep on a plane trip and the trip was only 2-3 hrs long, you may suffer amnesia when awakened after so brief a time period.
My daughter has a friend who takes Ambien and she constantly does very weird things. For example, she will take it too early,before she is ready for bed. So during that time, she makes some bad decisions and does stuff that she can't remember.
If I didn't take the xanax, which I love too much, w/ the amitrypt, the sleep feels much more natural than w/ 'sleeping pills'. There is an adjustment period when you may feel too drugged, but it is brief. It can also be beneficial for chronic pain and that is one of the reasons the Dr upped my dosage.
This is no Dr talking. This is only my personal knowledge.
I don't know what med is that you talked about -- Simply Sleep. And again, I'm no Dr. But I tend to think that at this point in time, if it helps you and is safe, you should consider taking it again.