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2nd-May-2014 02:13 pm
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!
2nd-May-2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
I find that I fall asleep best on the days when I have at least an hour of hard physical work or exercise. And a hot bath with lavendar and epsom salts in the evening helps, too. Not sure if you're able to do strenuous physical exertion, but it does wear a body out.
2nd-May-2014 11:39 pm (UTC)
I take Neurontin for sleep and it works reasonably well, though I still have bad night sometimes.
3rd-May-2014 12:46 am (UTC)
Temazepam (Restoril) is great for sleep. I normally would recommend Lunesta, but the last time I got it filled, it was super expensive. So back to Ambien for me.
3rd-May-2014 02:52 am (UTC)
Meds designed specifically for sleep never helped me- Lunesta, Sonata, Ambien.

Trazodone plus Klonopin knocks me out and I don't have any carry over effects the next day, luckily. Hydroxyzine was a little bit helpful at one time, as well. </p>

Good luck.

3rd-May-2014 01:06 pm (UTC)
seroquel all the way! It knocks me out for a solid 7 hours.
4th-May-2014 09:33 am (UTC)
Second this!
16th-May-2014 04:33 am (UTC)
I take Sonata. It's a hypnotic, but a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic. And it works wonders. I've been on the gamut of sleep meds; Ambien, Seroquel, Trazodone, Lunesta... and the only one that has really helped thus far is Sonata. It has similar affects that Ambien has, but I don't find that I black out. I do, however, take it right before I'm ready to go to bed so I don't have to deal with forgetting things. Then again, my insomnia is anxiety driven and I need something that shuts me down quickly.

Sorry if I wasn't any help, but I hope you find a solution that works out great!
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