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Re: I Can't Sleep!
Sep 5, 2008
[QUOTE=Sillyme03;3717221]My 15 Yo has same problem. tried lots of medicines over the counter and prescription. She had a sleep study done, no sleep apnea. They could not pinpoint problem, said maybe its anxiety. She sleeps very few hours at night, not falling asleep sometimes until 3am and then getting up at 530 for school.

We have tried melatonin, tylenol PM and benadryl, xanax, sleepy time tea, now trying ativan.

I am at my wits end wondering what else we can do beside trying sleeping pills.[/QUOTE]

Prescription sleep aids can actually be safer than some of the OTC remedies since they are specifically targeting sleep. Ativan and Xanax are anxiety meds which help with calming nerves, but do not always aid in sleep. Melatonin, as Bethsheba stated earlier, is not regulated by the FDA. Did you know that you can think you are buying the same strength but from lot to lot or manufacturer to manufacturer, the strength can actually vary tremendously? There is much risk in taking things like Valerian, St. John's Wort, etc., because they are not regulated by the FDA and therefore their strength in each bottle can vary and be potentially dangerous.

I am a long-time insomniac who has tried many things. For me, right now, I am taking Ambien CR because it keeps me asleep better than the regular Ambien, along with Promethazine (generic Phenergan, the anti-nausea med, known for its sedating qualities) and I am doing pretty well. I have tried Lunesta and Rozerem, but neither of them worked for me. I have been on my current regimen for several years and have no side effects.

Many people are afraid to take sleep aids because they worry about long-term effects, but you should be worried about the long-term effects of not sleeping. It had a devastating effect on my health and, I believe, brought on a whole slew of other health issues that I continue to deal with. See a sleep specialist who can help you figure out your options, a different one if you're not satisfied with the one you saw. There are behavioral solutions as well, and you can also try biofeedback, massage therapy and accupuncture. In any case, your teen needs help before it leads to serious health issues.

I pray for good sleep for all who come to this board!!

Blessings,
TexMom
Re: I Can't Sleep!
Sep 5, 2008
[QUOTE=TexMom85;3717273]...Many people are afraid to take sleep aids because they worry about long-term effects, but you should be worried about the long-term effects of not sleeping.[/QUOTE]

Yes, it sometimes becomes a matter of weighing the risks and going without quality sleep comes with lots of risks! I have read that people with sleep apnea should not take certain sleep medications because it may make their condition worse...but your daughter's doctors have eliminated apnea, so hopefully, medication is a possibility.

[QUOTE]... See a sleep specialist who can help you figure out your options, a different one if you're not satisfied with the one you saw....[/QUOTE]

Just because they are sleep specialists doesn't mean they know everything about sleep...believe me, I found out the hard way (and I have what I would deem "a good doctor"). I would encourage you to get a second and a third opinion (hopefully from medical providers that are not affiliated with your current providers). When it comes to sleep, one should get an opinion from as many credible sources as one can in order to find treatment.

Bethsheba





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