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Sleep difficulty with MAOI

Posted by Sailboat77 on May 14, 2011, at 10:52:24

I've been having a lot of trouble sleeping lately. I take Parnate for treatment resistant depression and have difficulty both falling asleep and waking up in the middle of the night ----- I should mention that I also take small doses of Vyvanse (20mg) in the morning under my doctor's careful watch. I know the mixture of stimulants and MAOI's is said to be unsafe, but my doctor and I have made it work very well.

I've taken Ambien and Lunesta in the past, but they only work for a week before they become ineffective. The only thing that has consistently worked has been Seroquel, although it's not as effective as I would like. I also take Xanax from time to time, but I don't want to grow tolerant to it. My doctor agrees that my body is unusually resistant to sleep meds (it was the same way even before I took small doses of stimulants). Sleep is just so IMPORTANT for my mood that I need this fixed in order to manage my depression better.

Does anyone have suggestions for other sleep medications? Should I go back and try Ambien? Are there more powerful sleep meds on the market and are they safe enough to use?





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