What type of drugs are best for treating insomnia?
January 12, 2012 8:40 AM Subscribe
Are antidepressants as effective as sedatives/hypnotics for helping insomnia?
posted by jwfree to health & fitness (22 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I travel Sunday-Thursday every week and when I'm on the road I just don't sleep.
I've talked everything over with my PCP and he initially prescribed doxepin 50mg. That had no effect on my sleep whatsoever. It only made me a little sluggish during the day and I felt kind of like Peter from Office Space.
He then switched me over to trazodone 100mg a few days ago. This doesn't help me fall asleep either. I still wake up a couple of times during the night but it does seem to help me fall back asleep quickly.
Are sedatives like Ambien CR and Lunesta better for sleep related issues than antidepressants?
Whatever ends up working for me will need to be something I can use long-term and hopefully won't be habit forming.