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Hi Libra,

I've suffered from chronic insomnia for as long as I can remember. I used to take Melatonin, a natural, over-the-counter pill; however, it stopped working as I got older. Then I tried Tylenol PM, but when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was prescribed lithium, I had a really bad reaction with the Benadryl in it and had to stop. Finally, my doctor prescribed Seroquel to sleep and it works GREAT! I am now on Lamictal and the combination of the two allows me to get a great night's sleep in addition to stability.

Like you, I didn't want anything habit forming. I refused all the other meds, like Ambien, etc. Now I just take a little, tiny crumb, usually half of a 25mg pill, of the Seroquel at night and it knocks me out all night. I've been taking that for about 5 months and it hasn't lost it's effect at all. We're all different of course, but this is what's worked for me. I hear of others taking Seroquel regularly and it blows my mind how they can even function on this stuff when only a crumb knocks me out like a ton of bricks. So, it may not work for you like it does for me, but it's worth looking into.

Good luck. I know how frustrating and debilitating it can be when you're not able to get sleep. I wish you well, girl! :wave:
[QUOTE=gav_73;2924529]Hi Libra,

I've suffered from chronic insomnia for as long as I can remember. I used to take Melatonin, a natural, over-the-counter pill; however, it stopped working as I got older. Then I tried Tylenol PM, but when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was prescribed lithium, I had a really bad reaction with the Benadryl in it and had to stop. Finally, my doctor prescribed Seroquel to sleep and it works GREAT! I am now on Lamictal and the combination of the two allows me to get a great night's sleep in addition to stability.

Like you, I didn't want anything habit forming. I refused all the other meds, like Ambien, etc. Now I just take a little, tiny crumb, usually half of a 25mg pill, of the Seroquel at night and it knocks me out all night. I've been taking that for about 5 months and it hasn't lost it's effect at all. We're all different of course, but this is what's worked for me. I hear of others taking Seroquel regularly and it blows my mind how they can even function on this stuff when only a crumb knocks me out like a ton of bricks. So, it may not work for you like it does for me, but it's worth looking into.

Good luck. I know how frustrating and debilitating it can be when you're not able to get sleep. I wish you well, girl! :wave:[/QUOTE]

Im on seroquel, I had to go up from 25mg to 300 morning and night to hold the physcosis, but i have to say it doesnt feel much different from the 25 to the 300, I think your body adapts pretty quickly.
I remember when i had to take largactil, the first time I took 2 tablets and fell over, but if you build up slowly your body deals ok with most stuff. I think its really scary when you first get put on meds, if they dose you wrong, i didnt think id ever function properly again which was no good when you have two kids to get to school every morning ! but like i say, your body does get used to it and everything becomes normal again.





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