Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 782600

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doctor put me on effexor and xanax

Posted by christyluv1977 on September 13, 2007, at 5:00:28

My doctor put me on 150mg of effexor xr, and xanax 0.5mg 3 times a day. I was already on 300 mg of topamax a day and 200mg of trazodone at bedtime, and ambien cr at bedtime. I am wondering why I am not sleeping I am very stressed out. But I should be sleeping. Can any recomend a sleeping pill that might help? I have tried ambien and lunesta and neither helped.

 

Re: doctor put me on effexor and xanax christyluv1977

Posted by CareBear04 on September 13, 2007, at 11:08:41

In reply to doctor put me on effexor and xanax, posted by christyluv1977 on September 13, 2007, at 5:00:28

It sounds obviously like you have a lot of anxiety that might be keeping you awake. For me, 300mg of topamax did nothing at all-- I didn't even get the appetite suppression most people get! When I've been manic, I've been able to take huge combinations of meds that would put an elephant to sleep but not me. I just felt so revved up that I couldn't unwind enough to sleep. If you feel physically anxious at bedtime, maybe you could try propranolol, which slows you down. Is it possible you're manic or even depressed with agitation? If you have bipolar traits, a mood stabilizer would help even you out and eventually help you sleep better. So would an antipsychotic. Zyprexa could knock me out on my feet. Even a low dose of Seroquel usually puts most people to sleep, and one of my drs once called it "the most expensive sleeping pill on the market." For me, trazodone and Ambien CR both take awhile to kick in, so I've often found something interesting to do and have been distracted from feeling sleepy when they finally work. I took Halcion for a short time, and it put me to sleep quickly and effectively, but these days, not a lot of drs are willing to prescribe it. I've tried every sleeping pill there is, and none of them have worked all the time. I would just try talking to your dr about some of these options. I hope you find something that works! Good luck,
CB

 

Re: doctor put me on effexor and xanax

Posted by Phillipa on September 13, 2007, at 12:35:43

In reply to Re: doctor put me on effexor and xanax christyluv1977, posted by CareBear04 on September 13, 2007, at 11:08:41

One time my pdoc put me on high high doses of benzos and lunesta and no sleep for three weeks. Now I'm back down to 20mg of valium and sleep. Seems like the high doses changed something but what? Phillipa trazadone I've heard is very sleep inducing.

 

Re: doctor put me on effexor and xanax

Posted by christyluv1977 on September 13, 2007, at 13:43:09

In reply to Re: doctor put me on effexor and xanax, posted by Phillipa on September 13, 2007, at 12:35:43

I am also on geodon 40mg in the morning and 60mg in the the evening for my bioplar disorder. I am going to look into some of those zsleping meds thanks for the info.


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