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remeron alternative for sleep problem??

hi, I been taking remeron for insomnia for 3 years, its been working fine until recently it stopped working completely, any suggestion on alternatives that can be taken long term like remeron???

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There is no med that is recommended to be taken long-term for insomnia.  That doesn't mean that might not be the only alternative for some people, but for most taking any drug because of sedation side effects will eventually probably stop working and lead to something called rebound insomnia, which means not solving the problem and relying on medication can make it worse in the long term.  In this case, you took an antidepressant known for causing tremendous weight gain in most who take it and is an antidepressant, meaning it does a lot to change the way your brain naturally functions, because it also has an unwanted side effect of sedation.  Now, it your sleep problem was caused by depression, it would make more sense.  In any case, when a med stops working, it's time to reevaluate.  You can either try another med that has the unwanted side effect of being very sedating, such as certain antihistamines or other antidepressants, you can try sleeping pills of one kind or another, you can try certain anti-anxiety drugs that are sedating, but you'll probably end up where you are now, having to go through the tough problem of stopping a med y0ur brain has become used to.  The alternative is trying therapy, exercise, meditation (not right before sleep), natural remedies such as melatonin, and try to actually fix the problem, not medicate it.  These are your two options at this point, and neither choice will be easy.  Can I ask, were you diagnosed with depression?  Or anxiety?  What non-medication modalities have you tried to fix this?  It's a hard place to be, and I hope you find a way that works.  If you want to go the medication route, your psychiatrist or doc is the person to talk this out with, I would think, but again, if insomnia was the only problem you had, not depression or anxiety, remember, this med only worked because of an unwanted side effect, not because it treats insomnia.  No drug treats insomnia, they just make you really tired if they're sedating.  And sometimes for some people this is the best you can do and there are a lot of drugs out there that have this side effect.
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I had better luck sleeping after I cut out all caffeine. Caffeine lasts a long time in my body. Caffeine in the morning would still keep me awake at night.

Lunesta is a sleep med I've taken.

Ativan can be used as a sleep med. (Will need to discuss with doctor. Depends on the individual.)

There's a tea which is marketed as helping to induce sleep or reduce stress. (May work as well as a placebo. Placebos work pretty well.)

Possibly setting an alarm clock for a desired wake-up time, and getting up at that time for a week, can help resync the body clock and sometimes I'll start waking up at that time just a minute before the alarm goes off.
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Taking Ativan, a benzo, an addictive drug that is hell on Earth to stop taking if you've been taking it regularly as are all benzos, for sleep can work, yes, but again, it's not a sleep aid, it has a side effect of being sedating.  It's an anti-anxiety med.  It also only lasts a short amount of time, unlike taking Remeron, which lasts all the time, but again, it can make people sleepy because of that all day long.  But Ativan isn't any better than any other benzo, and I wouldn't recommend getting on that train for sleep purposes.  There are many teas used for sleep, not just one -- many herbs are relaxing and mildly sedating, including valerian, chamomile, hops, passionflower, and a host of others.  They aren't nearly as strong as prescription meds, but are much safer, and not hard to stop taking, so if they work, it's a great remedy for the problem.  All of these herbs, and there are a host of them, can be used as a tea or taken as a pill or as a tincture.  Lunesta is a sleeping pill, and again, if used every day, it will eventually stop working and will make the insomnia worse.  I have no great answers for a sleep problem specifically, but I would try everything out there -- meditation, yoga, increased exercise, more sex, gentle herbs, melatonin, homeopathy, before I'd turn to pharmaceuticals, but sometimes that is the only thing that works.  I just don't see logically why it's a great idea to take drugs for effects the manufacturer would have preferred the drug not to have, such as too much sedation, and then use it for sleep while it also profoundly affects the way the brain works unless all else had failed.  
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Things that I've read seem to be switching again as far as the Z drugs like Ambien and Lunesta go.  Personally I think benzos taken on a regular basis are not a good plan.  If your not sleeping and the choice is zdrugs or not sleeping?  Anyway thats my pretty worthless two cents worth.
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