Does sleep medication work?

I take 150mg of Amitryptiline every night and this helps prevent me from awaking during the night and gives me eight hours sleep. If I do not take it I can lose up to three hours sleep. It may be that I convince myself that I will lose sleep if I do not take it but I believe that it works for myself?.

Posted 10 Mar 2011 at 4:19 PM
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  • Sleepio Member

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    Hello, new to this program, on my fist week. i take a very low dosage of Trazadone to help me fall asleep, but does not keep me asleep. If I don't take I will wake up 3 times average per night. Should I try to get off (with Dr. ok) for working this program? I am willing. Right now I am doing my first week diary sleep, but I am taking the Trazadone, so my baseline will be based on the use of Trazadone. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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    Hi terrico. I started the course on Zopiclone and I'm still on a very low dose. It was
    Puzzling me at first but I eventually learned from the Community that I needed to go through the programme and develop the techniques and tools before tackiling the pills. Having graduated I feel ready to do that now-very slowly.

    You could look at the thread called “coming of sleeping pills” for more answers on this topic.

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    Terico -sorry. Should have said thread is “sleeping pill dependence – how to wean off”. Listed with older topics.

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    Thank you for your response. Best wishes to you.

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    Hi I am just starting out with sleepio. I sometimes take an imovane if i can't get to sleep. Must I stop taking it now that I am starting my first week?

    Thank you

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    Hi Arni, No, I don't believe you need to change any medications when starting Sleepio (although, when filling out your Sleep Diary, it might be helpful to add a “tag” of nights you take Imovane). I think it would be best to consult with your doctor about weaning off of any sort of medication. The idea is that Sleepio will give you tools that will help you to perhaps not need sleep medications for the long term. Good luck!

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    Arnie. Have a look at the discussion thread “sleeping pill dependence- how to wean of…” It's most helpful..
    Good luck with Sleepio. You can always get help and encouragement here.

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    Hi Renee. So sorry to hear of your problem with zopiclone but I can offer you lots of ecouragement. I don't know the difference between addiction and dependence but I know the effect is the same!
    I had insomnia for 4 years and ended up on zopiclone 3.5mg. I found that half of one was enough to drop me off to sleep but nevertheless, I became totally dependent on that very small dose.
    Itook the advice of Sleepio members and completed the 6 week programme whilst still taking my pills. Only when I had ALL the tools and techniques under my belt (or rather in my head

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    Rennee, so sorry,
    Post continues…
    (In my head), did I start to reduce my pills. I think you have absolutely the right approach to coming off. But i would wait until you have completed the programme.
    And only then very slowly, slowly star to reduce them. Be in no hurry. don't cut further until you are used to your current level. That way it almost imperceptible.
    You will have established good habits, have strong techniques and tools, hopefully have confidence and a positive outlook and learned a lot about sleep.
    I see you live in a very isolated community. Well from now on as far as your sleep is concerned, you are now part of a very supportive community, always ready to listen and reply to you.
    Let us know what you decide to do about when to stArt your pill reduction.
    Can I recommend to you a book by Nerina Ramlakhan, Tired but Wired. Very helpful alongside Sleepio and well regarded here.
    Good luck

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    It sounds like those pills really are addictive. I can't believe my neurologist told me that this is so just in “very rare and extreme cases”. And that those pills in general work very well.

    I am very sorry Rennee, that you have to go through withdrawal. All the best with it, I am sure you can do it!

    I took Noctamid a long time ago only once and it didn't make me sleep. I could hardly believe it – this is supposed to totally knock me out, no? I had never taken anything like it before. My neurologist subscribed Zolpidem which I understand works on the same receptors. I took it last night. It's supposed to kick in after 15mins – not in my case. I fell asleep after an hour or so, but awoke after another 2.5 hours. Today I feel totally numb in my brain, can't think and my short term memory is seriously disturbed.

    This was supposed to be an emergency remedy when I can't bear staying awake any longer. I am really disappointed. I'd really like to have some kind of drug to take once in a while when I can't take it any more – something that just makes me sleep some hours and doesn't mess up my brain.

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    I don't take any sleep medication, but the medication I do take for Fibromyalgia obviously has some effect on my sleep. The problem is I'm constantly tired all the time and I just need some refreshing sleep. I also think I may have sleep apnoea as I stop breathing regularly during the night and I wear a teeth guard because I clench and grind my teeth. :(

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    where do I find that topic…sleeping pills how to wean off?

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    Hi Wonder Woman,
    You can look at “using medications while doing the Sleepio course” on the discussions page. Also checkout “Sleep aids” in the Library. You might find some helpful info in both those places.
    Angie

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    Hi Wonder Woman. Just put “sleeping pills” in the Sleepio search box and you will get there. It's a good source of informative discussions on the topic. Don't forget to look at older posts as well.

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    I am new to this. About Do Sleep Aids Work, the answer based on my experience is yes and no. These aids are all over the map and some times they work and other times they don't. Most of us have tried a variety of meds, some Rx, some not. It's indeed scary to me that we are the experiment, since no person has the same problem nor does he or she react the same way to the med. In my case, I am trying a non Rx med at the same time I have just started this program. I can see this is not going to be resolved in just six weeks. I am going to stay committed to the program and have the support of my doctor. It does amaze me how many of us there are and how detailed are the comments that I see. That tells me that people spend time doing this because they find it helpful.

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    Like all drugs this amount of amytriptille must create a dependency on the long term how can this benefit?. How can this be helpful?

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    I'm addicted to Zolpidem. Just started the Sleepio course and committed but really hard to stop the pills cold turkey. Any advice?

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    Please don’t try to stop any medication cold turkey. The side effects will be awful. Work with your doctor, hopefully one who has experience with sleep meds. I successfully tapered off Ativan, a benzo, over several months. Had used it for longer than 10 years. It can be done!

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    Dear Auntie Hoho I am so surprised!!! Really, you have had used bezo during 10 years???!!! And now you are not? How it is possible?

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    Hello surgeon, working with my doctor, I started cutting my pills in quarters. I started the reduction by taking 1/4 less every night for several weeks. This resulted in several nights of disrupted sleep, but I was determined not to go back to the higher dosage. After a few weeks, or longer, I then made the next reduction. Again, a few nights of disrupted sleep, but I was determined to make this work and did not go back to the old dose. This gradual reduction took place over several several months. Work with your doctor, because some drugs should not be cut into pieces, and you might need the medication for some other reason.

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