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12/26/2009 12:55 PM

Depakote and sleep

NicoleLynn
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I am on 3000 mg of Depakote a night, which my pdoc said would help me sleep since I had previously been taking my xanax to sleep. The problem I am having now is that I will sleep for 4 hours (almost to the minute) and then wake up and be up for an hour or two before going back to sleep. I saw him on Wednesday, but he seemed unconcerned with the matter, however I wonder how much may have been him counting down until the holiday. I do not see him again for another 2 months, so I am wondering if anyone here has any ideas for remaining asleep through the night.
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12/26/2009 02:47 PM
MissStacey
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In the meantime before your appointment you could try Melatonin, you can get it an any health food store like GNC. It is supposed to be a great supplement for alot of things but great for sleep. As for prescription meds I myself used to take 100mg Trazadone and 1mg Klonopin is has a longer life span of Xanax. Trazadone is good because you sleep good but are not dead to the world and are not a zombie the next morning. I wish you the best of luck. Stacey Wink

12/26/2009 05:17 PM
NicoleLynn
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Stacey,

That is a good idea I may give that a try. I was on trazadone for a while and it worked, but being that it is an antidepressant I worry about it setting off a manic episode.

Hopefully something organic to the body will work rather than putting yet another medication in my body.

Thank you for the suggestion!


12/26/2009 05:29 PM
MissStacey
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We can take anti depressants as long as we are on a mood stab with it which you are on Depakote so you will be fine, Anti Depress alone induce Manic episodes in Bipolar. You should def give the Melatonin a shot though, I heard it was fabulous and am going to try it myself! Wink
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