Patient Comments: Insomnia - Treatment

What treatments were effective with your case of insomnia?

Published: January 19

I have had chronic insomnia for years now. Have tried almost every sleeping pill and natural method there is. Some would work for a while and then stop. I have very chronic pain due to lumbar fusion and just very recently a cervical 2 level fusion. My doctor put me on 25 mg Elavil(amitriptyline) at bedtime. At first I slept so hard I was having trouble waking up in the morning. (this was actually given to me for nerve pain) But I continued to take it. After 2 weeks it had tapered off and I wasn't sleeping as good. He recently increased my dosage to 75 mg and I am sleeping all night and can still function in the day! So as of right now, I love it!

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Comment from: paigers, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

I have chronic insomnia where I go a few days without sleep. Normally I have issues initiating sleep, but I take a dose of melatonin and Benadryl, which helps me fall asleep within an hour. I have to take it eight hours before my desired awake time or otherwise I'd be extremely drowsy throughout the day. Sometimes the medicine doesn't work, and I wake up frequently during the night and early morning. I am definitely against sleeping pills because I don't want to have a physiological dependence or suffer withdrawal.

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Comment from: DavidA, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 15

For years I have had trouble falling and staying asleep or wakening and unable to fall back asleep. I have a particularly stressful job and I would change my circumstance if I could afford to do so, but that's not happening anytime soon. I am a coffee drinker and though I have quit and resumed many times, I never found that avoiding caffeine helped my issue. I also have mild depression and these days have had success in minimizing it. I take OTC antihistamine to help me fall asleep, and that works 80% of the time, but there are times where nothing seems to help. I have tried everything from prescriptions to melatonin supplements. Even recently I had a pulled muscle where the hydro-codeine painkiller could not even help me fall asleep. When I awake in the night I have mentioned jokingly to coworkers that the "committee" called a meeting to discuss all things worrisome.

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Comment from: Susan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I have been a chronic insomniac for 25 years. As I get anxious when night falls, and depressed when the sun rises with another sleepless night, I bought into a diagnosis of depression/anxiety disorder and was put on enormous doses of a cocktail of 4 anti-psychotic medications. I now have serotonin syndrome - a life threatening auto-immune disease. I was taking Seroquel, trazodone, lorazepam, and more. I urge caution when agreeing to take these drugs and others in the benzodiazepine family.

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Comment from: Peggy Foster, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

A lifelong insomniac, I tried everything, then made my own CD of music and guided imagery. I have accepted that I will always have this problem and I will usually get relief for a while from most everything I try, then it stops working and I need something new.

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