temporary drugs for manic phases / insomnia

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09 Aug 2008, 2:44 pm

I appear to be having a mild manic phase with insomnia. i use Tamazipan (this week) to sleep about 6 hours a night. I want advice about a drug for occasional use, because I want to avoid long-term medication. I have an appointment with a psychiatrist next week. I have no dx yet but I think im a mild aspie with occasional mood disorder (stress-driven bipolar). I am 50 and have self-managed all my life, so I dont need this shrink to assume control over my life now ! !! !! 95 % of my life I sleep ok.

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09 Aug 2008, 3:03 pm

try melatonin, magnesium, 5htp, and a mixed herbal remedied from a health food store.



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09 Aug 2008, 3:47 pm

I find 10 mg zolpidem (Ambien in the States) helps me sleep with only marginal side-effects (dry mouth, bad taste in mouth) when I am finding sleep difficult.

Exercise like jogging or strenuous walking is a more healthy alternative.



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09 Aug 2008, 4:01 pm

Tylenol Simply Sleep is just a low dose of benedryl, it's non-habit forming.



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09 Aug 2008, 4:28 pm

zoplicaine works well. non addictive and can be used infrequently as required.
you can become refractory to it fairly quick....( immune)
but i had insomnia and it worked well.


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09 Aug 2008, 4:40 pm

donkey wrote:
zoplicaine works well. non addictive and can be used infrequently as required.
you can become refractory to it fairly quick....( immune)
but i had insomnia and it worked well.


Do you mean zopiclone (Zimovane in Ireland)?



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09 Aug 2008, 4:50 pm

yes i do.
apologies, i also live in the north...different drug names up here.


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09 Aug 2008, 5:35 pm

A psych would most likely prescribe Risperdal or Seroquel.



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09 Aug 2008, 6:34 pm

joku_muko wrote:
A psych would most likely prescribe Risperdal or Seroquel.


if you value your health and sanity dont touch that stuff.



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09 Aug 2008, 6:37 pm

nightbender wrote:
joku_muko wrote:
A psych would most likely prescribe Risperdal or Seroquel.


if you value your health and sanity dont touch that stuff.


I would tend to agree. Anti-psychotics are perhaps too heavy-duty drugs for insomnia.



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09 Aug 2008, 7:01 pm

SSRIs like Zoloft are also often helpful with mild bipolar disorder and other mood disorders. I have a speculative AS dx and cyclic mood disorder from psych. Zoloft works very well for me- helps with the insomnia, keeps me more even, helps with anxiety too and has taken me down a notch in how I react to sensory stimuli too- mellowed me out a bit.



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09 Aug 2008, 7:15 pm

Jennyfoo wrote:
SSRIs like Zoloft are also often helpful with mild bipolar disorder and other mood disorders. I have a speculative AS dx and cyclic mood disorder from psych. Zoloft works very well for me- helps with the insomnia, keeps me more even, helps with anxiety too and has taken me down a notch in how I react to sensory stimuli too- mellowed me out a bit.


I find Anafranil (Clomipramine) helps me in a similar way and it only costs about $15 a month (€10). My anxiety and OCD symptoms are all under control too.