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    Bunnylover - I've just quickly read up on stilnox and the side effects sound mega scary!
    Yes I've tried valerian, didn't do a thing.

    I'm after something that will make me go to sleep, not keep me asleep, so thanks for that, I'll be looking up temazepam next (is that a benzo?)

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    I think it is, but try a low dose first if the dr is willing to prescribe. They gave it to me in a time of crisis and I wasn't sleeping so I can only imagine how it must feel long term it was prescribed to me "as needed" and I only took it a handful of times, in fact it was about two years ago and i just threw out the rest of them as they were close to expiry!

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    There are compounding pharmacies that make Melatonin. It's better than over the counter but the effect isn't really proven, although propel find it very effective. If you want better melatonin, ask for a prescription for Circadin, it's 2mg sustained release.

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    Hi Magic Mud

    My DP has suffered from insomnia since childhood. His father also has it.

    He has been on a number of different meds over the years - from stilnox (horrible side effects), mogadon, tamazapam (spelling probably not correct) and others which names I can't remember. He also takes prescribed melatonin. This was all done under the care of a GP.

    I was concerned about the number of meds he had been given and the length of time he had been on these with minimal success...so I finally got him to see a sleep specialist who organised a sleep study. This has been the most beneficial thing for him - it pinpointed some patterns in his sleep and he now has a plan and other non pharmaceutical methods to aid in sleep.

    Sorry that was a really long ramble but if you haven't had a sleep study done maybe look into it - DP will still have to take some meds but the amount is greatly reduced and the quality of sleep is far better!

    Wish you the best in finding something that works for you

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    i have xanax on really bad nights, and valium on nights where i don't need a full knock down.
    but i only take them once every couple of weeks - for some reason it seems to knock me into a more regular sleeping pattern after having them.

    but they are very addictive - that's why i'm vigilant about how often i use them.

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    Default Sleeping pills - who knows about them?

    Are you on any other medications that will keep you awake?

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    Default Sleeping pills - who knows about them?

    I would avoid stillnoz (sp?) as it made me go weird- as if I was spaced out on drugs doing wierd things.only one tablet did that put of the packet but still...

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    I really think that instead of going to the gp and asking for sleeping pills, which are a quick fix and will probably not work in the long term, I'd go to the gp and ask for a referral to a sleep physician, psychologist or psychiatrist.

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    4underfour - I take amphetamines during the day because I have ADHD. Oddly, when I'm on full dose amphetamines, my sleeping routine is far better! (but still whacked).
    As for the sleep clinic idea. I'm all over that! I actually had a referral at the start of the year, but we moved and it got lost somewhere.
    And as for the drugs, I'm only looking to take them for a 2-4 week period to hopefully set a new bed time, and then go back to my non-addictive meds to maintain it (if it works, that is).

    Pinkisthenewblack - After researching stilnox, I fully agree! I don't want to try that drug at all! The side effects sound terrifying!

    Halloweendee - Is Xanax stronger than Valium (I assume you mean diazepam)? My old doctor prescribed valium for anxiety, but unfortunately it takes quite a large dose for it to work on me (I do not have a tolerance to it, just to clarify). I did some research which indicated that Xanax tends to be more effective for people with ADHD.

    Wobbleyhorse - It's great that your DP had some success with the sleep study! That gives me hope. I don't expect to ever not need medications to help me sleep, but I would be over the friggin' moon for any sort of improvement. I'm sure your DP is too?

    Ngaiz - Thanks for the melatonin tip. I'll ask my doctor about circadin.

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    Xanax is definately stronger than Valium.
    Unfortunately it is also quite habit forming, I find I get a bit of a sleepy hangover from it the next day but as long as you can regulate your usage it is well worth it.


 

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