anxiety and insomnia

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What are the best medication to be on for either of them? Advice would be great! Thank you.

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    It is really hard to say, we don't know your medical history. You need to be speaking to your doctor about this, not us. That being said I take pregabalin for anxiety and zolpidem for sleep. But honestly that means nothing to you because you don't know what ones I tried first, what other medications I am on and what my issues are.  It worries me that you are asking this sort of question to be honest as the only person you can discuss this with safely is your doctor. No matter what medications people say are best... it doesn't mean they will be suitable for you. x
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      I understand what u mean! I have tried near enough everything going! I have had about pregabalin alot and supposed to be gud but doctors are not licensed to give them out for anxiety only psychiatrist which I will be seeing on 24 August thank god! I know every one is different its just good to hear other peoples experience! Thanx
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      That is okay hun, I was just concerned you weren't talking to your doctor about it but since you are that is perfect. Hopefully your psychiatrist will be able to help you. It may make you feel a little tipsy at first (in a good way) but that wears off in a couple of weeks... so if you are a driver you may not be able to drive until you get used to it after a week or two (though you might be fine on it).

       

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      I don't drive so that helps! At the mo I am on lorazipam 4 a day for ten months now and they don't really do much! Its the insomnia what's the worst and it makes my anxiety more worst but on Tuesday going doctors again to change it to tamazipam as been advice by the mental health team! Just hope I can finally get it sorted! And thanx for the advice!
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      I would worry about being on such a high dose of a powerful sedative for so long, why did your doctor prescribe lorazepam of all things? And what for... anxiety? I am not surprised that your insomnia is so bad, your body has gotten used to ignoring sleep signals since it has to fight sedatives all day!

      Have you tried sleep hygiene? That is the only real long term solution to insomnia. I would Google it. To be honest, moving on to stronger and stronger sedatives during the day time is not the best of ideas, and I must admit I am surprised at the doctors choice of treatment. If you are able to get on to the pregabalin for anxiety I preume they can wean you off the lorazepam slowly?

      Honestly for sleep though hun I think sleep hygiene is your only bet. You have to do it for 12-16 weeks to know if it is helping or not and to be honest since you have been on sedatives so long I would give it at least 6 months. You never know, when my partner did it, it worked in 1 week flat but it is worth giving it as much time as you can.

      In all honesty though my dear I would be questioning your treatment options. I know you are probably excited about moving on to the stronger stuff but eventually you will reach a position where they can't give you anything stronger. Then what do you do? I know where you are. They have put me on morphine now. I can up my dose 6 more times (about 2 years worth) then go on to fentanyl patches...(about 1 year on that, maybe 2)... then what can they do for me? They can't prescribe me anything stronger to use at home. I have a life long condition, and in 4 years I am facing being forced to move in to hospital permenently. I am 24 years old. So I know it seems great (rubbish too, but still a bit great) now... but pick your battles. Because what do you do next? xx

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      Everything u have said is true! They put me on lorazipam for anxiety and insomnia! Ok for anxiety but don't help me sleep! I have recently moved doctors and I feel I will get sum were with these! Abit more caring they even said the same thing about the lorazies been on them to long the tamazies is just 2 weeks worth to help me cum off the lorazies and by then would of seen a physicist and then finally hopefully I can get everything in order!
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      I am so please for you my dear. If you were here I would hug you! And I am not even a huggy person lol.

      I hope you get on with these guys better, I know from experience finding a doctor you can talk to and who listens to you is a life saver. Make sure you come of the meds very slowly, they are addictive and you have been on them a long time, if you rush things you will get withdrawal symptoms which you don't want. I hope you manage to get onto the pregabalin. It was a life saver for me. Got my anxiety completely under control xx

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      Thank you so much for the advice it helps alot! And I will keep u posted about how things turn out! Well I am gonna try and get some sleep now hopefully! Speak to u soon and take care! X
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