I am coming off of lithium after being on it for about 10 years because my kidneys are crapping out. I'm finding that as a result of not taking the lithium, I'm having trouble getting to sleep.
I've tried taking 50mg of benadryl and that works sometimes but not all the time.
I have a prescription for trazodone and 50-100mg of that works pretty reliably but I get a headache and massive sleepiness the next day, particularly if I take it a few days in a row. I wind up drinking a lot of coffee and taking tylenol to combat the headache. Not an ideal situation.
I've taken ambien in the past and had a bad reaction to it. Basically, I was manic and awake and hallucinating because of the ambien. My sleep doc said to list it as an allergy, actually. It's not anaphylactic but it's definitely something to be avoided.
Does anyone have any other suggestions on what to take or do to sleep? I drink a big glass of milk with my meds every night and that helps a bit but not always enough. I've been experimenting with later bedtimes to make sure I'm tired. Not sure what else I need to do.
Your help is appreciated! Thanks!