Have you ever tried any of the 'new' sleeping aids they offer by prescription?

Sleeping - sleeping like a cat
United States
December 9, 2006 10:20pm CST
I recently was given some Lunesta to try for my insomnia. It was a toss between that and Ambien I guess. There's also another one out there that actually is used to reset your internal clock if you've gotten out of sync. The Lunesta and Ambien knock you out for 8 hours. The other one does something to reset your body's inner clock that tells you when to sleep and wake and won't give you a guaranteed 8 hours as it's meant to just put you back on schedule. Have you ever tried any of the new sleep aids by prescription?
27 responses
@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
10 Dec 06
I couldn't tolerate Lunesta- it caused a horrible taste in my mouth in the morning after taking it. The taste lasted for hours, and was intolerable. I like Ambien- it works well, but if something wakes you up (like the cat or the phone ringing) it's very hard to go back to sleep. At least that's my experience, and it's happened many times. I haven't tried the new formulation of Ambien (Ambien CR) yet- that's supposed to resolve this problem by having a 2 layer absorption- one for getting you to sleep fast and another to keep you asleep. I wish that I didn't need these pills, but I've tried everything else and still can't sleep. I've tried getting up very early consistently, no caffeine after 2 pm, no naps, meditation tapes, relaxation tapes... It seems that my mind just goes into high gear at bedtime. I've always been a poor sleeper, so I guess I'll just have to deal with this.
@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
10 Dec 06
Lunesta does have an aftertaste, but I've found that as soon as I eat something it goes away. The taste really isn't all that bad to me though, and well worth the good night's sleep I get with it. Have you tried eating to get rid of the taste? Also I've found that the longer I take the Lunesta, the less I notice the aftertaste also.
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• United States
10 Dec 06
I took it for the first time last night and while I do feel the slight cotton mouth you get from it, I don't have a severe aftertaste. I will say one thing, this from a light sleeper, it knocks me out and cold! I heard nothing and didn't freaking move all night. About 10-11 hours. So I am going down to the slightly lesser amount, 2mg. It could be it did it for so long because I have been so sleep deprivated but it could also be just a little too much for me also. Not sure. My issue is that I don't like not being in control of my household. When I couldn't sleep I was up while my teens were up, not that they're deviants that do things, etc. They're very trustworthy. But the idea that I'm not able to be woken up easily kinda bothers me. I think I bring my own sleep deprivation on by feeling the need to hear everything. Thanks for answering! It means a lot to me to know how others have handled it.
@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
10 Dec 06
You were probably out cold, like you said, and for so long, because of the fact that you have been sleep deprived. I would suggest using the 2mg. to start with however. I know my dog easily awakens me during the night if she needs to be let out. I get up and let her out and then back in and I fall right back to sleep. I have no problem hearing the alarm and getting up in the morning either as long as it's been at least 7 hours since I took it(I can do it with 6 but making myself get up is harder).
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@canadabis1 (1955)
• Canada
10 Dec 06
One thing that works for me is a lil bit of Gods green earth...lol...helps anyone sleep...lol
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• Canada
11 Dec 06
look at it this way....the green shoes are natural...grown from the earth...not produced by big corporations looking to make billions...just hoods lookin to make millions...lol
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@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
11 Dec 06
I have not tried any of the new sleep aids by prescription and was not aware of these new ones. I have tried Ambien before but that did not work well for my sleeping problems. I definitely need my internal clock reset inside of me so I can sleep better. Do you know what that other one is by any chance? I have never tried Lunesta before. Chlorohydrate worked somewhat well for me.
• United States
11 Dec 06
I can't remember what the doc said it was called but I'm sure if you ask your doctor they will know. It's specifically for those who's internal clock has been messed up and simply needs to be reset. If you're body is used to 5 hours sleep that's what it will reset it at. I'm not exactly sure how it works, but she did say it's non-addictive.
@ljmc24 (413)
• United States
11 Dec 06
My husband is taking Lunesta right now. It seems to be working well for him. First though they had put him on Elavil. I made him quite taking it because it causes bad mood swings, and it was either quit taking it or find someplace else to live. I told his doctor that and he then says yeah it can do that. He slept on it, very well, just was a jerk the next day. On the Lunesta he sleeps like rock, the baby can be screaming right next to him and he doesn't flinch.
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• United States
10 Dec 06
I have tried Restoril and Ambien. Restoril worked ok. It did it's job. Ambien is bad stuff. It's a hypnotic... I think that's what my fiance says it is. He had a prescription too. Unfortunately we didn't go to sleep. We had weird hallucinations. We drove (gasp!) and can't remember anything that happened the night before. We woke up with the car moved, the VCR broken. Stuff all over the house. Etc. It's bad stuff.
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• United States
11 Dec 06
Dang, that sounds like a bad acid trip or something! lol Some people are adversely effected by different meds. I'm certain your experience is very rare though.
• India
10 Dec 06
no,i dint tried till now,and iam not going to try because its not good for ur health,and one thing i want to say u is,if ur time tabke i mean wake uping early in the morning and goin to walk and so on,and working in office makes u tierd and make u sleep very well,using this kind of pills not good for health....................
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• United States
10 Dec 06
Its not a matter of tired. I get up regularly with my kids, get them off to school, work from home, take the dog running, do my daily chores of shopping, cleaning, cooking, etc. and I am exhausted. The lack of sleep makes me even more exhausted, to the point when my eyes are sunken and have huge black circles. I've tried every herb you can imagine, all prescribed by an herbalist and naturalistic physician. Nothing works. The sleep aids were the last choice, believe me.
@niranjans87 (1078)
• India
10 Dec 06
Well I am so sick and tired of trying all kinds of medication for my Insomnia and nothing at all seems to work.....So i have simply given up....some of them worked in the beginning but then I became addicted and I had to take larger doses to sleep...So now I have given up on everything...
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• United States
10 Dec 06
Try Lunesta if you haven't. I'm tellling you it knocks me out.
@biggerb (2028)
• India
10 Dec 06
I was prescribed a tablet called "stressnil".It does help but i think this i habit forming.
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• United States
10 Dec 06
I have heard of this one. The habit forming part scares me also!
@marciascott (25553)
• United States
10 Dec 06
i usely don't have aproblem sleeping and when I do I take a hot shower and listen to so soft music.
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• United States
10 Dec 06
I've tried the hot showers too. They seem to do the opposite for me, wake me up more.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
10 Dec 06
I have taken ambien and trazodone. nether one worked at times. Of course with me having m.s. my nervous system can cause me to stay awake.
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• United States
10 Dec 06
I have MS too. The lunesta seemed to do it. You might want to try that. The MS is definitely part of the reason I can't sleep a lot also. Then other times I would sleep for literally over 24 hours!
@kannan86 (208)
• India
10 Dec 06
no no no experiments with mind.have any problem do meditration
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• United States
10 Dec 06
I've tried everything, believe me.
@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
10 Dec 06
I've tried both Ambien and Lunesta. Ambien didn't work for me. My problem isn't getting to sleep, it's getting a good restful night's sleep. Ambien just didn't do this for me. If I was having trouble getting to sleep it did knock me out though, but I was easily awakened after 4 hours or so. Lunesta has worked great for me, however. I get a good solid 7 to 8 hours sleep and feel rested and ready to face the day when I wake up. I can wake up if I need to, during my sleep time, but can easily go back to sleep also. It's been a lifesaver for me.
• United States
10 Dec 06
I tried the Lunesta first, I'm glad now! Seems that Ambien isn't as strong.
@oxximitzu (413)
• Romania
11 Dec 06
i`ve never tryed sleeping pills before ...
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@mbs730 (2151)
• Canada
11 Dec 06
I take Imovane which is Canada's Lunesta. It works if I take over 7.5mg! I do have insomnia among other problems... I had a sleep study done weeks ago and still don't have the results yet. However I think there is a tie between my insomnia and my liver condition.
@limcyjain (3523)
• India
10 Dec 06
I have never tried any sleeping aids
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@mcptf3 (14)
• United States
10 Dec 06
I have had great success with ambien. i have had problems sleeping in the past, and i am now on ambien for the second time. only thing is is that it may be habit forming. i love the stuff. it knocks me out like a light.
@usmcsgtwife (4997)
• United States
10 Dec 06
i take ambien once in a while and i like it
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@Rawolf (13)
• India
10 Dec 06
no..not tried
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@sharon613 (2323)
• United States
10 Dec 06
picture - a picture
no, not yet
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@1986ankush (1241)
• India
10 Dec 06
NO BECAUSE I WANT TO DO YOGA IT HELPS MAXIMUM NATURALLY
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