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 Post subject: Insomnia
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:11 am 
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Although I was only on suboxone a short time, I really had difficulty sleeping, although probably just a little more than usual when in methadone withdrawal does anyone have any suggestions on this. The books say no benzos, among other things. Has anyone else had this problem and able to fix it? :?:

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 Post subject: Insomnia
PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 7:33 pm 
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Some people have insomnia, others feel too sleepy. The first thing is time-- a person's tolerance needs to adjust to the suboxone, and that will take a week or two. If it is still a problem after that period of time, the first thing to do is 'sleep hygiene'-- including avoiding naps (completely!), avoiding caffeine after noon, wake by alarm every morning at the same time, don't try to sleep more than 8 hours per night, don't exercise after supper, etc (there are a few more). Then there are relaxation/meditation techniques that often help.

Finally, there are many medications... in order of potency I would suggest benadryl, clonidine, hydroxyzine, trazedone, 'newer sleeping pills' (ambien, lunesta, sonata, rozerem), 'old sleeping pills' (halcion, restoril), other benzos like alprazolam or ativan, and finally major tranquilizers like small doses of seroquel. As for benzos, the risk is that when combined with opiates, benzos cause respiratory depression. The risk is mainly for people who are not tolerant to either the suboxone or the benzo. If a person is taking suboxone and not getting 'buzzed' from it, a benzo is really not a significant problem.


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 Post subject: Insomnia
PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 8:13 pm 
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Thank you Dr. My sleep still hasn't been quite right, as I said In my addiction story I did take xanax after the hallucinations from the insomnia got so bad, it did help, and worked like a charm. Now I try to use melatonin, vistaril, and the clonodine when my pressure's not to low. But will try some of your other suggestions as well

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I get sleepy now. I wasn't able to sleep at night so my Dr. prescribed Trazodone. It helps with Insomia but I get real sleepy between 11:30 and 1:00 pm.
I'm new to this so I guess I should go to the top and tell my story.

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I think it would be great if you told your story, That way the doc will be better equipped to answer your questions, and help you on the road to recovery :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Insomnia
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:49 am 
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Hi Masuka,
To deal with insomnia, create your sleep schedule, avoid taking naps in day timing and avoid over sleeping. Workout regularly and prefer morning time for physical activities. Be modest about food and drinks, watch what you eat and avoid alcohol, caffeine and other stimulants.

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 Post subject: Re: Insomnia
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:18 am 
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At the bottom of the thread is an ad for The Fischer Device. Anyone try that? I have an alpha - stim which has helped with my sleep. PAX


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