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4 days ago · Sleep without trazadone in Sleep Health

I would rather be addicted to Xanax, than suffer the side effects of the other drugs I tried and discontinued. As far as sleep aids, the best CD's for me have been: "Your Present: A Half Hour of Peace" by Susie Mantrell, "Deep Sleep" by Andrew Johnson, and when I awaken from those CD's, I play a background
CD called "Delta Sleep System" by Dr Jeffery Thompson. But I caution what works for me, may not work for you. I suggest you sample CD's if possible, at Amazon, to see if you like them. I use a cheap stereo system with a speaker on both sides of my bed, or they suggest using a stereo headphone for best results. Adjust volume to your taste! (I like it where it is just loud enough to hear.)

4 days ago · Sleep without trazadone in Sleep Health

Sounds like you are doing a lot of good things to get off the meds! I had very bad insomnia due to anxiety/worry, and certain physical ailments. I tried trazadone for a couple weeks, but the horrible dry mouth/throat made me quit trazadone. I switched back to one pill of Xanax .25mg, which I tapered down to less than a pill a night, some nights only 1/4 of a pill, and still take it daily, anywhere from 1/4 to 3/4 pill per day. As my sources of anxiety have decreased, my sleep has improved. One thing that helps greatly, is playing sleep meditation CD's at low volume, and having white noise from a fan etc. in the room. Some nights the CD's allow me to fall asleep for hours, and if I awake, and have trouble falling back asleep, that is when I take a piece of my Xanax pill. I believe anxiety/worry is the biggest source of my sleep issues, and that needs to always be addressed. You have to be careful with Xanax, since it is addictive. That is why I keep usage under 1 pill daily, when at all possible.

Tue, Mar 26 11:41am · Lexapro dizzy spells in Depression & Anxiety

I want to stay off those SSRI meds for anxiety and insomnia as well. Now trying CBD oil. Also just made an appointment with a new doctor with an OD in internal medicine. I am hoping this osteopathic doctor will go for natural cures for ailments! OD doctors are supposed to receive additional training above that of an MD, and consider wellness of the whole body. I shall find out!

Tue, Mar 26 9:34am · CBD oil and depression/anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

In general, anxiety is reduced. However, I still have occasional episodes of high anxiety, after about 6 days of CBD oil use. I am left wondering if maximum benefits occur with continued use, with buildup of chemical changes in the body similar to use of SSRI drugs. Anyone out there know about that?

Sun, Mar 24 8:55am · CBD oil and depression/anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

Be careful with CBD oil, if you are on certain meds, there can be interactions. Always consult your MD. As for dosage, there are no laws or standards for production of CBD oil, so purity and potency will vary among, and even within different manufacturers. Always consult the manufacturers recommendations for dosages!

Sat, Mar 23 12:11pm · CBD oil and depression/anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

The manufacturer recommends on the website to use only 1 to 3 drops 2 times per day for anxiety. I am sure different manufacturers have different potency in their product, so think it is best to follow their recommendation. Doctor allowed, but gave no advice.

Sat, Mar 23 12:05pm · CBD oil and depression/anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

I am starting at 1 drop 2 times per day under the tongue, one at noon, and 1 at an hour before bed, to provide time between CBD and my blood pressure meds, which include a beta blocker. My cardiologist said it would be OK to try the CBD oil. My BP has dropped about 10 points, while heartrate stayed steady. The brand I am using is Pure Kind Botanicals, and is called Wellness Nectar. The website provides fact sheet showing very low THC in this oil. Praying this works well for me!

Sat, Mar 23 9:43am · CBD oil and depression/anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

I am a beginner at trying CBD oil for my anxiety/sleep issues, due to multiple physical ailments. Starting at very low dose, one drop under tongue at noon, and before bed. So far, after 3 days, anxiety seems to be reduced by half, insomnia reduced, and even pain is reduced. One night tried 2 drops, which caused big jump in loss of sleep. From the literature, starting low and slow is the way to go. A good pure source of CBD oil seems essential, if there is any amount of THC other than traces, it will cause the opposite effect of what is desired, and increase anxiety. Sadly, there is no uniformity among the producers, so you need to examine the fact sheet on contents of the CBD oil, or do not buy it! I am trying to stay off of a prescription med called escitalopram (Lexipro), due to its known side effects, and addiction potential, but will have to go to it if the CBD oil fails.