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Re: ? about Ativan and/or Serzone--long, but please

Posted by Mr Cushing on December 2, 2002, at 16:30:42

In reply to ? about Ativan and/or Serzone--long, but please, posted by BeardedLady on December 2, 2002, at 15:10:09

Honestly, I don't have a clue what to tell you. I've suffered from terrible insomnia pretty much all my life (closing in on 25 years). Two drugs that have REALLY helped me with that, however, are Clonazepam (Klonopin) and Trazadone. Since I'm Bi-Poloar though, and I wasn't diagnosed as such when we started the Trazadone, it eventually stopped working for me and made me more manic instead. Still, with the Clonazepam, .5mg every night does the trick to send me off to dreamland.

The thing that I did notice with your medications though is that you seem to be taking them to knock yourself out cold. Is that why you keep switching between the two and have to keep increasing your dosage? I've been taking the Clonazepam now for close to 4 years (off and on) and I've stuck with the same dosage the entire time and it's ALWAYS worked. I take .5mg before bed, say around 11PM, by Midnight, I'm out cold for about 7-8 hours and wake up feeling completely rested.

Have you thought that maybe your insomnia is not of itself and could be related to another mood disorder? Like for me, whenever I was cycling into either a depressive or manic episode, that's when it became impossible for me to sleep at all. I'd have trouble falling asleep, I'd wake up every hour after I was able to finally get some sleep, and then I would generally wake up about 2-3 hours before I needed to be up and be WIDE awake. Thus, for a while I learned to survive on about 3 hours of sleep a night.

If you're being treated for another mood disorder, what medications are you on? Have you tried switching those around?




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