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Depression, terminal insomnia for months. Change of medicine from melatonine to valerian root. Suggestions?

After researching many of the documented symptoms, it seems very apparent that I suffer from depression..One of the major contributing factors is that I've had Terminal insomnia for over 18 months..I've been prescribed a generic equivalent to Ambien, with no change in condition..I've tried using Melatonin, same result..It was suggested to me to try Valerian Root...Any thoughts??

Asked On : Sun, 13 Oct 2013
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Greetings !

Welcome to the site.

I am sorry to learn about your condition and I empathize with you.

Well valerian root is a herbal medicine which has found effective usage in insomnia , depression and anxiety. It is a relatively safe drug and being a herb it has much less side effects as compared proper medicines. So it is a good ploy to counter both insomnia and depression at the same time with this herbal drug which can be taken in the dose of 400-900 mg /day taken 1-2 hrs before bedtime for a period of 28 days.

If this also does not relieve your conditions then you may try either trazodone at dose of 50 mg before bedtime or seroquel /Quetiapine at dose of 25-75 mg before bedtime, this shall most likely relieve your insomnia and depression.

Kindly discuss this with your doctor.

I hope this helps.

Wish you a speedy recovery.

Answered: Thu, 17 Oct 2013
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