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Hi all. I have had insomnia for around 6 years and have been to the doctor and in the past I have been prescribed meds like ambien, lunesta,klonopin,seroquel, etc. Here is my problem, I am told by the dr. to take one pill of ambien for sleep. I know meds are not supposed to be long term but the first night I take the ambien and it works the second night it might help some and the 3rd night it does not help at all. It is like my body builds up a tolerence quickly to these meds!!!! So after a while the dr. will put me on something else, like Trazadone and pretty much the same thing happens. The Trazadone helps for a night or 2 and then back to my insomnia. Should I just keep taking the med even though after the 2nd night or so it does not help me fall asleep? I just don't know what to do. I have tried not to take meds at all for sleep but I need sleep and have to function during the day. Sleep meds are the only thing I seem to build up a tolerence to. Does this happen to some of you guys and what do you do about it?? Thank everyone. I really value everyones opinions.:)
HELLO. It was easy for me to get the Seroquel. I have a sister who is a nurse and she told me to ask the dr. about it, luckly I have an understanding female doctor!! As always with me the first few nights it helped but after about the 3rd night my insomnia came back. After this happens I usually just quit taking the meds ( am not sure if that is a smart decision or not). Maybe if I try to only take my med a few nights a week instead of every night, maybe that will make them more effective for me? Anyway, getting the Seroquel was easy but she only gave me 25 mg. She said take one every night. She said she could not prescribe anything higher than that since anything above that dosage was used for other issues and since I am only fighting insomnia she said 25 mg was good enough. I know some people take higher doses though, sometimes I think if I had a higher dose it would help me more but drs. are worried about addiction and all that when I just want to sleep at night!!:) good luck!!
Every sedative I can think of will wear out eventually as your body habituates. The best advice I can give is either upping the dosage or finding a new medication.
So far, you've been on ambien, lunesta, klonopin, seroquel and trazadone. None of these are hard sedatives, which may be what you need. Try asking your doctor about medications such as Clonazepam. It also sounds like you are not on melatonin: I recommend it in addition to any other pills you are taking.

Personally, I've been on 4/5 of the medications you listed. Ambien and Lunesta did nothing, nor did Seroquel (other than bad side effects). Trazadone is an anti-deppresant with sedating qualities, rather than a medication developed truly for sleep. Again, not effective at all for me.

There is also the chance that you may be on the wrong dosages and need them to be higher or lower. A medication like Trazadone should not wear off that quickly, and I don't think Seroquel does either.

@nochange: Seroquel for bi-polar? I've never heard that one before.
[QUOTE=xFruitBatx;4004233]Every sedative I can think of will wear out eventually as your body habituates. The best advice I can give is either upping the dosage or finding a new medication.
So far, you've been on ambien, lunesta, klonopin, seroquel and trazadone. None of these are hard sedatives, which may be what you need. Try asking your doctor about medications such as Clonazepam. It also sounds like you are not on melatonin: I recommend it in addition to any other pills you are taking.

Personally, I've been on 4/5 of the medications you listed. Ambien and Lunesta did nothing, nor did Seroquel (other than bad side effects). Trazadone is an anti-deppresant with sedating qualities, rather than a medication developed truly for sleep. Again, not effective at all for me.

There is also the chance that you may be on the wrong dosages and need them to be higher or lower. A medication like Trazadone should not wear off that quickly, and I don't think Seroquel does either.

@nochange: Seroquel for bi-polar? I've never heard that one before.[/QUOTE]

clonazepam is generic Klonopin.

Seroquel is an atypical antipsychotic and FDA approved for bipolar depression, mania associated with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.





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