Sleep without trazadone

Posted by mommabird74 @mommabird74, Apr 17, 2019

I’ve been taking trazadone for 15 years for sleep at 50 mg. I have been following a diet of no sugar, gluten or diary to come off all medicine. Also run 3 miles a day. I have successfully come off lexapro 10 mg after a long taper and feel better than when I was on meds. My problem now is tapering the trazadone. I have been able to decrease to 25 mg but when I go lower, I can’t sleep. I’ve been taking CBD oil, 5htp, and another natural pill with melatonin called best rest (I think). Have any of you gone through a similar situation or successfully come off trazadone? I think it’s affecting my memory. Any tips would be great.

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@kellyamunrud

I purchase them directly through the company, I am a member so get them at a discount. They are scents, but they are pure. I can't do any fake smells, it makes me so ill but I've been able to do these in small doses without any problems. I have only been able to use this brand of CBD as well, others don't work for me. I think it has to do with purity.

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@cila

Where do you buy oils? Is it smells? Also, I bought CBD and it doesn’t do anything for me. I wake up 2or3 in the morning and can’t go back to sleep Thanks! Cila

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You can get oils either online or a metaphysical shop. Yes it is smells like lavender helps me, but it could be psychological. I have tried most everything including CBD which didn't work for me either, but it does work for some people. Meditation helps, any type of meditation and listening to relaxing music or meditation CDs put me to sleep, but no napping during the day. I wake up 3 or 4 a.m. I get up and read, daydream about having a positive day. I hope that helps.

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So sorry to hear about you tapering off trazodone and having issues. I hope you are successful find answers.

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I have been on trazodone 200 mg at bedtime for about 20 years plus. I have to eat with it and it works just fine. Is there side effects from using this. I have not heard about that. I would be very interested in some feedback on this. Cause I can go to sleep just fine. My problem is staying a sleep. If anyone has suggested on how to stay asleep please let me know.on both.

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I have started taking Gabbatine not sure I spelled it right I have Restless Leg Syndrome and sleep apnea so far this is the only thing that has helped me fall a sleep and stay a sleep

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@dcrouthe

I have started taking Gabbatine not sure I spelled it right I have Restless Leg Syndrome and sleep apnea so far this is the only thing that has helped me fall a sleep and stay a sleep

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Glad that is working for you.

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@widkers16

I have been on trazodone 200 mg at bedtime for about 20 years plus. I have to eat with it and it works just fine. Is there side effects from using this. I have not heard about that. I would be very interested in some feedback on this. Cause I can go to sleep just fine. My problem is staying a sleep. If anyone has suggested on how to stay asleep please let me know.on both.

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Trazadone use is associated with dementia. Search pubmed for references. Try Belsomra, which is not a hypnotic like most sleeping pills. Because you have trouble staying asleep, consider getting checked for sleep apnea. It's much more common than most people think.

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@hindsight

Trazadone use is associated with dementia. Search pubmed for references. Try Belsomra, which is not a hypnotic like most sleeping pills. Because you have trouble staying asleep, consider getting checked for sleep apnea. It's much more common than most people think.

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I read the article you mention on pubmed. It doesn’t say that Trazodone is associated with dementia. It was a study but there was no conclusive result. There are several studies with people who already have dementia and the use of Trazodone. Or maybe I missed something? Trazodone works in a different way than typical hypnotic’s. Belsomra is a controlled substance and can be habit forming. I’m sure it has great benefits aiding insomnia! But I would be careful with its use as well! I’ve been on and off Trazodone for insomnia for years and I incorporate meditation and more natural remedies. I often find it difficult to fall asleep and don’t always fair well with staying asleep! I have major depressive disorder so Belsomra isn’t an option for me. Trazodone is often prescribed for sleep for people with depression. Not always, it’s being prescribed more now days because it’s less habit forming. Every medication has side effects! Insomnia can be a long term condition and a lot of sleep meds aren’t really intended for long term use. That’s the challenge we face with insomnia! Best of luck to you in treatment! I’m glad you found something that helps!

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I’ve taken Trazodone for many years for insomnia too. I was on 250mg and am now down to 25 to 50mg a night. I have gone off it at times, but find I have a hard time falling and staying asleep.
I have done some reading on other ways to aid in sleeping. Having a sleep routine and some rituals that help. I practice meditation and have an app called Calm that has sleep stories, etc. Those things don’t always do it 100% but they can help. I’ve found some over the counter sleep aids that help as well. I have been able to taper Trazodone by using an over the counter sleep aid like Sleep 3 with it.
Do you have a ‘sleep routine’? Have you ever tried sleep stories or other forms of meditation to assist in preparing to sleep? I have chronic insomnia, it runs in my family. Along with RLS that comes on at night! I’ve found incorporating different techniques into my sleep routine can help.
There seems to be no magic recipe! Have you talked with your doctor about what you can try in place of Trazodone? If you want to get off Trazodone, continue to do so slowly. Try OTC as well as other sleep techniques that might help in it’s place.

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