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Taking lectopam for sleep. Getting poor sleep and feeling groggy. Can I take lyrica?

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I am taking 3mg lectopam for sleep... will this react to Lyrica 150 mg.
I cannot sleep at night buut sleep all day and feel very groggy
Posted Mon, 11 Mar 2013 in Medicines and Side Effects
Answered by Dr. Ashish Mittal 1 hour later
Thanks for your query.
I appreciate your efforts for medical consultation in so much distress.

Important aspects of your query are:
•     70 year old female
•     Known case of diabetes and chronic pain with osteoarthritis
•     Complaints of: Poor sleep with lectopam and feel very groggy.

Lyrica contain Pregabalin. It is indicated to treat fibromyalgia, diabetic nerve pain, shingles.

Lectopam contain Bromazepam. It has anti anxiety and hypnotic (sleep inducing) action. After oral use some medicine can take 5-6 hours to show its full effect after oral dose. That may be reason for poor sleep in night. Effect of 1 tab of lectopam last for 20-30 hours. Due to that you feel sleepy in day time.

In your case although you are sleeping in day time, the main problem is disturbance in sleep wake cycle.

Following steps will help you:
-Take maximum dose of Lyrica in evening as it also cause some sedation. There is no issue in taking Lyrica with Lectopam clinically.
-You can request your physician to write short acting sleep inducing medicine like Zolpidem.
-Follow steps of sleep hygiene.

Below principles of sleep hygiene which will help you in long term:
•     Fix a bedtime and an awakening time. Do not be one of those people who allows bedtime and awakening time to drift. The body "gets used" to falling asleep at a certain time, but only if this is relatively fixed. Even if you are retired or not working, this is an essential component of good sleeping habits.
•     Avoid napping during the day
•     Avoid caffeine 4-6 hours before bedtime. This includes caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea and many sodas, as well as chocolate, so be careful.
•     Avoid heavy, spicy, or sugary foods 4-6 hours before bedtime
•     Exercise regularly, but not right before bed. Regular exercise, particularly in the afternoon, can help deepen sleep.
•     Use comfortable bedding.
•     Find a comfortable temperature setting for sleeping and keep the room well ventilated.
•     Block out all distracting noise, and eliminate as much light as possible.
•     Reserve the bed for sleep. Don't use the bed as an office, workroom or recreation room. Let your body "know" that the bed is associated with sleeping.
•     Practice relaxation techniques before bed. Relaxation techniques such as yoga, XXXXXXX breathing and others may help relieve anxiety and reduce muscle tension.
•     Don't take your worries to bed. Leave your worries about job, school, daily life, etc., behind when you go to bed. Some people find it useful to assign a "worry period" during the evening or late afternoon to deal with these issues.
•     Establish a pre-sleep ritual. Pre-sleep rituals, such as a warm bath or a few minutes of reading, can help you sleep.
•     Getting Up in the Middle of the Night :Most people wake up one or two times a night for various reasons. If you find that you get up in the middle of night and cannot get back to sleep within 15-20 minutes, then do not remain in the bed "trying hard" to sleep. Get out of bed. Leave the bedroom. Read, have a light snack, do some quiet activity, or take a bath. You will generally find that you can get back to sleep 20 minutes or so later. Do not perform challenging or engaging activity such as office work, housework, etc. Do not watch television.
•     A Word About Television: Many people fall asleep with the television on in their room. Watching television before bedtime is often a bad idea. Television is a very engaging medium that tends to keep people up. We generally recommend that the television not be in the bedroom. At the appropriate bedtime, the TV should be turned off and the patient should go to bed. Some people find that the radio helps them go to sleep. Since radio is a less engaging medium than TV, this is probably a good idea.

I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you. In case of any doubt, I will be available for follow ups.

Wish you good health.
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